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Crime and Older Americans: Information Package

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Date Published
January 1987
This packet provides information on the involvement of the elderly in the American criminal justice system as victims, offenders, and as participants in crime prevention activities.

Eleven statistical tables, most of which were obtained from the 1984 National Crime Survey, present data on the elderly as victims, as offenders, and as participants in crime prevention activities. A Bureau of Justice Statistics Bulletin on crime and the elderly compares victimization rates for the elderly and younger Americans (ages 12-64) for 1973-80, as determined by the National Crime Survey. Offenses examined are household larceny, personal larceny without contact, household burglary, motor vehicle theft, simple assault, aggravated assault, robbery, purse snatching and pocket picking, and rape. Also provided are an eight-item reading list, addresses for five information sources, and a description of the activities of the Justice Statistics Clearinghouse.

Date Published: January 1, 1987