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Recorded Crime in Scotland, 2019-2020

Statistics on crimes and offences recorded and cleared up by the police in Scotland, split by crime or offence group and by local authority.

Recorded Crime in Scotland, 2019-2020
Table A4: Crimes of Handling offensive weapons recorded by the police, Scotland, 2010-11 to 2019-20

Table A4: Crimes of Handling offensive weapons recorded by the police, Scotland, 2010-11 to 2019-20

Number Percentage
Crime category 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-1816 2018-19 2019-20 % change 18-19 to 19-20
Handling offensive weapons - Not used in other criminal activity 6,283 5,631 4,015 3,795 3,289 3,111 3,271 3,570 4,216 4,484 6
Possession of an offensive weapon 3,248 2,820 1,863 1,728 1,380 1,149 1,156 1,213 1,483 1,612 9
Restriction of an offensive weapon 20 19 17 6 17 11 23 17 24 33 38
Having in a public place an article with a blade or point 3,015 2,792 2,135 2,061 1,892 1,951 2,092 2,340 2,709 2,839 5
Handling offensive weapons - Used in other criminal activity - - - - - - - 4,163 4,680 5,160 10
Possession of an offensive weapon - - - - - - - 2,520 2,771 3,211 16
Having in a public place an article with a blade or point - - - - - - - 1,643 1,909 1,949 2
Total Handling offensive weapons 7,733 8,896 9,644 8

Please see Notes for Tables at end of Chapter 5.


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