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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 11. Crimes of Attempted Murder and Serious Assault by Age of Perpetrator

Sample Year Percentage of Serious Assault1 Estimated Volume of Serious Assault2 Number Sampled
2008-09
Under 13 years old 1% 60 5
Aged 13 to 19 years old 22% 1,440 122
Aged 20 to 29 years old 36% 2,330 198
Aged 30 to 39 years old 19% 1,210 103
Aged 40 to 49 years old 7% 480 41
Aged 50 and above 4% 260 22
Age of perpetrator(s) unknown 18% 1,190 101
Median Age of Perpetrator: 23 years old
All Recorded Serious Assault 100% 6,472 550
2017-18
Under 13 years old 1% 60 8
Aged 13 to 19 years old 17% 710 93
Aged 20 to 29 years old 37% 1,540 203
Aged 30 to 39 years old 27% 1,130 149
Aged 40 to 49 years old 10% 400 53
Aged 50 and above 7% 270 36
Age of perpetrator(s) unknown 9% 610 52
Median Age of Perpetrator: 27 years old
All Recorded Serious Assault 100% 4,189 551
Change between 2008-09 and 2017-18 Percentage Points Estimated Volume
Under 13 years old No change 0
Aged 13 to 19 years old No change -730
Aged 20 to 29 years old No change -790
Aged 30 to 39 years old 8 -80
Aged 40 to 49 years old No change -80
Aged 50 and above No change 10
Age of perpetrator(s) unknown -9 -580
All Recorded Serious Assault n/a -2,283

1. Percentages will not sum to 100% as a proportion of crimes of Attempted Murder and Serious Assault (18% in 2017-18) have more than one perpetrator, and therefore will appear more than once in the table if they are of different age groups

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

3. Where an age-range was available (for example 16 to 20 years old), the mid-point of that range was recorded as a best estimate

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