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Weapon use in violent crime, by victims per year (n)

    1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Homicide Firearm 59 98 75 54 61 59 49 42 38 33 26 46 34 31 30 39 41
Knife 90 72 86 71 80 94 81 87 94 75 81
Other weapon 154 142 165 147 157 120 42 53 51 48 53 32 39 55 47 38 50
No weapon 108 71 82 83 124 123 125 151 127 105 111 103 93 85 90 73 64
Total 321 311 322 284 342 302 306 318 302 257 270 275 247 258 261 225 236
Robbery Firearm 1460 1585 2185 1910 1438 1325 1704 1178 1102 913 758 1202 1154 1047 1081 1034 987
Knife 5982 4051 3748 2960 3182 3734 3632 3218 2917 2680 2945
Other weapon 3145 4029 6019 7926 7180 7550 3547 2611 2339 2157 2560 2660 2884 2451 2515 1970 2026
No weapon 9306 10116 12251 12951 13154 13853 15358 13149 12520 10483 9849 9779 10318 9792 8725 8876 7613
Total 13911 15730 20455 22787 21772 22728 26591 20989 19709 16513 16349 17375 17988 16508 15238 14560 13571
Kidnapping/abduction Firearm 12 26 20 26 60 49 69 34 22 18 9 36 23 24 6 34 31
Knife 61 62 61 48 66 70 39 55 56 24 45
Other weapon 41 45 48 74 118 94 34 34 34 32 39 27 38 22 34 7 19
No weapon 416 408 489 562 585 545 594 566 599 669 617 590 626 681 473 537 569
Total 469 479 557 662 763 688 758 696 716 767 731 723 726 782 569 602 664

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

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics