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Most Used Weapons in Crimes

Criminals employ a variety of weapons in the execution of their criminal activities. FBI data indicates that guns and knives are among the most frequently utilized weapons by criminals. The National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) is a tool employed to monitor the usage of weapons, if any, in violent offenses. Following an act of violence, the victim is questioned about the perpetrator's use of weaponry.


Data from the NCVS in 2009 revealed intriguing details concerning the types of weapons employed and their frequency of usage in criminal activities.

22% of criminals were armed with a knife, gun, or other object in all violent crimes.
8% of violent crimes during 2009 contained the use of a firearm by the criminal.
47% of all robberies had an armed criminal, the highest of all crimes.
28% of robberies were committed using a firearm.
Contrary to popular belief, most rape and assault were committed without the use of a weapon by the criminal.

Weapons Used In Crimes Table

Criminal's weaponViolent crime%Rape/sexual assaultRobbery%Simple/ aggravated assault%
No weapon73854876
Firearm8(--)(*)285
Knife68(*)95
Other72(*)87
Uncategorized 2(--)(*)2(*)1
*Based up 10 or fewer sample cases.
--Less than 0.5%.

Reference

http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=tp&tid=43


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