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NCJ Number: 32936 Find in a Library
Title: CRIME, THE AGING AND PUBLIC POLICY
Journal: PERSPECTIVE ON AGING  Volume:4  Issue:3  Dated:(MAY/JUNE 1975)  Pages:16-19
Author(s): S S GOLDSMITH; J GOLDSMITH
Corporate Author: National Council on the Aging, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1975
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: National Council on the Aging, Inc
Washington, DC 20024
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: CRIME PROBLEMS WHICH ARE PARTICULAR TO THE ELDERLY ARE OUTLINED, AND IT IS SUGGESTED THAT GREATER PUBLIC AND PRIVATE EFFORTS TO REDUCE VICTIMIZATION OF THE AGING AND RESTORE JUSTICE TO AGING VICTIMS OF CRIME ARE NEEDED.
Abstract: THE AUTHORS NOTE THAT PROGRESS IN DEALING SUCCESSFULLY WITH THE DRAMATIC PROBLEM OF CRIME AGAINST THE AGED HAS GENERALLY BEEN SLOW AND SPORADIC. DIFFICULTIES HAVE BEEN ENCOUNTERED IN DEFINING THE EXTENT OF THE CRIME PROBLEM FOR THE ELDERLY DUE TO INADEQUATE STATISTICS AND VICTIM UNDERREPORTING. HOWEVER, A LEAA VICTIMIZATION STUDY SHOWED THAT THE RATE OF PERSONAL LARCENY WITH CONTACT (INCLUDING PURSE SNATCHING) WAS HIGHER FOR VICTIMS OVER 50 IN 10 OF THE 13 CITIES STUDIES. SUCH SPECIFIC PROBLEMS OF THE ELDERLY AS INCREASED SUSCEPTIBILITY TO CRIME, RISKS OF PHYSICAL INJURY FROM CRIME, AND THE TREMENDOUS IMPACT OF CRIME IN TERMS OF FINANCIAL LOSS AND FEAR OF CRIME ARE OUTLINED. THE AUTHORS DISCUSS THE NEED FOR GREATER LAW ENFORCEMENT SENSITIVITY TO THE CRIME-RELATED PROBLEMS OF OLDER AMERICANS. VARIOUS PROGRAMS WHICH HAVE PROVEN EFFECTIVE IN AIDING THE ELDERLY ARE NOTED. THE AUTHORS CONCLUDE THAT IT SHOULD BECOME A MATTER OF THE HIGHEST PRIORITY FOR PUBLIC POLICY MAKERS AT ALL LEVELS TO ENCOURAGE PROGRAMS TO REDUCE THE AGING'S ONUS OF CRIME. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED)
Index Term(s): Assault and battery; Crime costs; Crime prevention measures; Crime Rate; Crimes against persons; Fear of crime; Fraud; Older Adults (65+); Robbery; Victimization; Victimology
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