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Likelihood of being a victim of crime
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1. Although older people are statistically less likely to be the victims of crime it does have a more
devastating effect on them than other groups.
2. Half of those aged over 75 yrs old are afraid to leave home, fearing mugging or verbal abuse.
3. Older people are targeted due to their vulnerability and are 'easy targets'.
4. Criminal gangs target vulnerable lonely elderly people in savings and investment and financial scams.
1. Young people are more likely to be victims of crime. New research has found that, if you're looking for a young person who might be a criminal offender, one of the best ways of predicting it is by finding out whether he/she has been a victim of crime.
2. Two thirds of British children have admitted to some form of delinquency.
3. 15% of young males have experienced crime.
1. Minority groups are also more at risk from some criminal offences, irrespective of racially motivated crime, due to their high concentration in high crime areas. In many cases, crime is simply linked to deprivation, but the victims' experience of racism leads to their perception that they are.
2. This was underlined by the case of London teenager Stephen Lawrence who was killed by a group of white youths, yet no prosecution was undertaken, until recently.
3. East London local authority housing estate- 30 Bengali families experienced on average 4 ½ attacks in a 6 month period.
4. Other incidents included stone throwing, chasing, being threatened and prevented from entering their flats, being punched, verbal abuse, armed robbery, doors kicked in, eggs thrown at windows, arson attempts on homes.
1. The risk of being a victim of any crime was slightly higher for males than for females.
-18% of males had been the victim of at least one crime in 2011/12 compared with 16% of females.
-Around 4 per cent of males experienced violent crime in 2011/12 compared to only 2% of women.
2. However, women suffer more domestic violence and sexual assaults.
- Women feel less safe walking alone at night compared to men - 86% of men felt safe compared to 64% of women.
- Almost 20% more women than men have been victims of domestic abuse.
1. The Scottish Crime Justice Survey (SCJS) shows people living in poverty and deprived areas are more likely to experience crime.
2. In 2015, 20% of people living in poverty experienced crime.
3. Not only are poorer people likely to experience crime they are more likely to be repeat victims.
4. Most poverty exists in urban areas and more property and violent crime occur in urban areas, therefore the urban poor are 2 x more likely to be victims of crime as a result.
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