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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 14. Crimes of Attempted Murder and Serious Assault by Use of Weapon

Sample Year Percentage of Serious Assault1 Estimated Volume of Serious Assault2 Number Sampled
2008-09
Knife or other Bladed/Pointed Article 31% 1,980 168
Other Weapon Type 33% 2,130 181
No Weapon used 37% 2,370 201
Weapon used 63% 4,110 349
No Weapon used 37% 2,370 201
All Recorded Serious Assault 100% 6,472 550
2017-18
Knife or other Bladed/Pointed Article 25% 1,030 136
Other Weapon Type 30% 1,250 165
No Weapon used 45% 1,900 250
Weapon used 55% 2,290 301
No Weapon used 45% 1,900 250
All Recorded Serious Assault 100% 4,189 551
Change between 2008-09 and 2017-18 Percentage Points Estimated Volume
Knife or other Bladed/Pointed Article No change -950
Other Weapon Type No change -880
No Weapon used 9 -470
Weapon used -9 -1,820
No Weapon used 9 -470
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

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