In 2009, a weapon was used in 77% of attempted murders, 66% of murders and 43% of robberies (Table 2.6). A knife was the most common type of weapon used in committing these offences: 37% of attempted murder victims; 36% of murder victims; and 19% of robbery victims were subjected to an offence involving a knife. A firearm was involved in 18% of attempted murders, 12% of murders and 7% of robbery offences. A high proportion of sexual assault offences (98%), kidnapping/abduction offences (83%) and over half of robbery offences (57%) committed did not involve the use of a weapon.
Weapon used in commission of offence