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M P James
Date Published
88 pages
Issues related to crime prevention for the elderly population in Australia are examined through an exploration of both theoretical and empirical principles of crime prevention strategies.
An introductory chapter discusses the aging of the Australian population and looks specifically at subpopulations of elderly women, rural residents, ethnic group members, aborigines, and disabled and frail persons. The theoretical discussion of crime prevention focuses on situational crime prevention and social crime prevention. In addition, the report examines multiagency cooperation, and crime prevention models employed in the U.S., France, the Netherlands, the U.K., and Canada. A separate chapter examines the roles of government, the police, older people's organizations, older people, and the media in preventing crime. Fear reduction, which is one of the primary goals of any crime prevention program, can be achieved through strategies which build confidence, community, and physical security. Elements crucial in detecting, intervening, and preventing elder abuse are also described here. The author presents several strategies for preventing the victimization of older people. 4 figures, 60 references, and 2 appendixes