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Use of weapon in violent crime, by type of weapon (%)

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  1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Homicide Firearm 18.4 31.5 23.3 19 17.8 19.5 16 13.2 12.6 12.8 9.6 16.7 13.8 12 11.5 16.9 16.9 16.9 18.9
Knife 29.4 22.6 28.5 27.6 29.6 34.2 32.8 33.7 36 32.5 32.9 28.6 33.3
Other weapon 48 45.7 51.2 51.8 45.9 39.7 13.7 16.7 16.9 18.7 19.6 11.6 15.8 21.3 18 16.5 20.5 21.9 24.9
No weapon 33.6 22.8 25.5 29.2 36.3 40.7 40.9 47.5 42.1 40.9 41.1 37.5 37.7 33 34.5 31.6 26.7 31 20.5
Robbery Firearm 10.5 10.1 10.7 8.4 6.6 5.8 6.4 5.6 5.6 5.5 4.6 6.9 6.4 6.4 7.1 7.1 7.3 8.3 7.6
Knife 22.5 19.4 19 17.9 19.5 21.5 20.2 19.5 19.1 18.4 21.6 22.4 22.2
Other weapon 22.6 25.6 29.4 34.8 33 33.2 13.3 12.4 11.9 13.1 15.7 15.3 16 14.8 16.5 13.6 14.9 16.6 18.4
No weapon 66.9 64.3 59.9 56.8 60.4 61 57.8 62.6 63.5 63.5 60.2 56.3 57.4 59.3 57.3 60.8 55.9 52.3 51.1
Kidnapping/abduction Firearm 2.6 5.4 3.6 3.9 7.9 7.1 9.1 4.9 3.1 2.3 1.2 5 3.2 3.1 1.1 5.6 4.6 4.2 5.3
Knife 8 8.9 8.5 6.3 9.1 9.7 5.4 7 9.8 3.9 6.6 7.6 8
Other weapon 8.7 9.4 8.6 11.2 15.4 13.7 4.5 4.9 4.7 4.2 5.3 3.7 5.2 2.8 6 2.2 3.7 3.7 5.4
No weapon 88.7 85.2 87.8 84.9 76.7 79.2 78.4 81.3 83.7 87.2 84.4 81.6 86.2 87.1 83.1 88.3 84.5 84.1 81.4

Note: Data was unavailable for the category of ‘Knife’ for the years 1995 through to 2000 (inclusive)

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics