In 2008, a weapon was used in 79% of attempted murders, 67% of murders and 41% of robberies (table 2.5). A knife was the most common type of weapon used in committing these offences: 31% of attempted murder victims; 34% of murder victims; and 19% of robbery victims were subjected to an offence involving a knife. A firearm was involved in 30% of attempted murders, 12% of murders and 6% of robbery offences. Over half of kidnapping/abduction offences (53%) and robbery offences (59%) committed did not involve the use of a weapon.
Weapon used in commission of offence