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The role of senior citizens in crime prevention
Author(s)Ezzat A Fattah
Journal titleAgeing and Society, vol 6, part 4, December 1986
Pagespp 471-480
KeywordsCrime prevention ; Canada.
AnnotationElderly people have a relatively low likelihood of becoming a victim of crime, compared with other age groups. Theft rather than violence constitutes the bulk of offences against them. Criminological research indicates that it is not vulnerability but lifestyle and the amount of time spent out of the home which are pre-disposing factors. However, when offences occur they have a disproportionately high personal impact. Ways of reducing both exposure and impact are discussed. These include: (1) Hardening the targets (2) Creating more protective environments (3) Encouraging self-help (4) Enhancing awareness of crime and prevention techniques; and, (5) Risk avoidance. (KJ).
Accession NumberCPA-930809167 A
ClassmarkTWF: 7S

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