Elder criminal victimization: its relative rate compared to non-elders, 1992-2005

 

Author(s)Lanier, Drew Noble, and Tracy L. Dietz
Title Elder criminal victimization: its relative rate compared to non-elders, 1992-2005
Source The Social Science Journal ,2009, Vol. 46, pp 442-458
Date 2009
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary This study explores the relative victimisation rate among elders, aged 65 years and older, in the United States, using data from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) between 1992 and 2005. It was found that elders are significantly less likely, in the aggregate, to be victims of crime overall. The data was analysed according to crime type and it was found, for example, that 1000 elders were likely to experience 4 property crimes a month compared to younger respondents experiencing 13 incidents per 1000 persons. It was also found that elders were even less likely to be victims of personal crime. The results provide descriptive evidence over time using a large national sample that crime against older adults is much lower than crimes against younger adults. The authors note however, that past studies have shown that older adults fear crime at a disproportionately high rate despite their actual victimisation rate much lower than for younger persons.
Keywords Victimisation; elderly; older persons
Topic Elder abuse