In 2015, approximately 9,700 offences against the Knife Act were reported. This is a 14 per cent increase as compared with the preceding year.
Reported offences against the Knives and Other Weapons (Prohibition) Act (sections 1, 2, 4), 2006 – 2015. Source: Reported offences
The Knife Act regulates the extent to which one may have a knife in a public place. It is forbidden to have knives and other piercing or slicing weapons which are intended to be used as a weapon in public places, schools, or in vehicles in public places. However, it is important to remember that a report need not entail that the knife is actually used.
Person-based clearance rate¹ for offences against the Knives and Other Weapons (Prohibition) Act (sections 1, 2, 4), 2006 – 2015. Source: Processed offences
The percentage of knife offences where a suspect can be tied to the offence is very high as compared with other offences, and approximately two-thirds of offences lead to a person-based clearance. This is a result of the fact that the police often arrested the suspected person in the act. Knife offences are often discovered in connection with threatening situations or cases of assault.
Knives are common weapons in violent incidents with a lethal outcome and have been so since the 1970s. Knives are used most often when violence takes place indoors, which can be explained to a large extent by the fact that knives are available in residences. (Brå 2012:13)
Brå's school survey among year-nine youth shows that the percentage of young people carrying knives has declined over recent years; the percentage was 16 per cent in 1995, 10 per cent in 2008, and 8 per cent in the most recent survey in 2011.
The number of convictions for offences against the Knives and Other Weapons (Prohibition) Act as the primary offence, 2006 – 2015. Source: Persons found guilty of offences
During 2015, the number of convictions for offences against the Knives and Other Weapons Act as the the primary offence increased by 11 per cent.
1) Person-based clearance means that a person suspected of the offence has been tied to the offence through an indictment, the issuance of a summary sanction order, or the issuance of a waiver of prosecution.