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NCJ Number: 83198 Find in a Library
Title: Strategies To Reduce the Incidence and Impact of Crime That Victimizes the Elderly in Pennsylvania
Corporate Author: Pennsylvania Cmssn on Crime and Delinquency
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 23
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Pennsylvania Cmssn on Crime and Delinquency
Harrisburg, PA 17108-1167
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This summary presents the results of a research project to examine the problem of crime that victimizes the elderly in Pennsylvania.
Abstract: The research team discovered that the elderly population in Pennsylvania is increasing in number and proportion of total residents. The elderly constitute a major percentage of the total population in a significant number of Pennsylvania's counties. There are significant concentrations of elderly who have incomes below the poverty level. The incidence of crime is not directly related to percentage of elderly residents in a given Pennsylvania county. Elderly criminal victimization trends in Pennsylvania appear to be similar to national patterns: they indicate that the elderly are the least victimized of all age groups. However, crime's effects are far more devastating for the elderly than for other age groups. A significant number of Pennsylvania's elderly population limits or changes activities due to fear of crime. This fear impairs the quality of life for elderly residents. It is recommended that the Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Report be modified to include the age, sex, and race of crime victims. An interagency task force should be appointed to marshal available resources and ensure coordination of efforts in combating crimes that victimize the elderly. A crime prevention training program should be developed and administered to the service providers who assist the elderly. Residential security services should be provided to Pennsylvania's elderly, and the problem of parent abuse should be researched to determine its scope. The Direct Deposit Program should be endorsed and actively advocated by the Pennsylvania Elderly service System. Staff members of senior centers should be instructed on the Crime Victims Compensation Program. Ten graphs are provided.
Index Term(s): Community crime prevention programs; Community involvement; Crimes against the elderly; Elder Abuse; Elderly victims; Fear of crime; Pennsylvania
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