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Recorded crime in Scotland: attempted murder and serious assault, 2008-2009 and 2017-2018

Information on crimes of attempted murder and serious assault recorded by the police in 2008 to 2009 and 2017 to 2018.

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Table 5. Crimes of Attempted Murder and Serious Assault by Location

Sample Year Percentage of Serious Assault1 Estimated Volume of Serious Assault2 Number Sampled
2008-09
In a Dwelling3 35% 2,260 192
In the Street or Open Space 48% 3,080 262
In a Retail or Other Business setting 17% 1,110 94
In a Private Space4 33% 2,120 180
In a Public Space 67% 4,330 368
All Recorded Serious Assault 100% 6,472 550
2017-18
In a Dwelling 36% 1,510 199
In the Street or Open Space 47% 1,950 257
In a Retail or Other Business setting 17% 720 95
In a Private Space 30% 1,280 168
In a Public Space 70% 2,910 383
All Recorded Serious Assault 100% 4,189 551
Change between 2008-09 and 2017-18 Percentage Points Estimated Volume
In a Dwelling No Change -750
In the Street or Open Space No Change -1,130
In a Retail or Other Business setting No Change -390
In a Private Space No Change -840
In a Public Space No Change -1,420
All Recorded Serious Assault n/a -2,283

1. Percentages may not sum to 100% due to rounding

2. All estimated volumes of Attempted Murder and Serious Assault are rounded to the nearest 10

3. A 'Dwelling' location includes both Attempted Murder and Serious Assault within a private property (i.e. behind a front-door) and the communal areas of residential buildings (for example a stairwell in a block of flats)

4. A 'Private Space' location only includes Attempted Murder and Serious Assault within a private property (i.e. behind a front-door)

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