Fact Sheet: Reducing Your Risk of Crime Victimization in the Community

You don’t have to be a “prisoner in your own home” due to a fear of crime. Fear of crime itself can victimize older adults if it paralyzes them into staying home, in effect isolating themselves and enjoying their lives less. The media focus on crime reporting gives people the mistaken impression that seniors are major targets of violent crime.

Bureau of Justice statistics show that violent crime, personal theft, and household victimization rates for people age 65 and older are the lowest of any age group.

Older persons are not victimized by crime to a greater extent than the rest of the population, except in crimes such as purse snatching and pocket picking. Although less likely to be attacked, older adults are more likely to be injured if they are crime victims with a greater potential for serious injury and need for medical care.

However, you still want to be cautious. Low victimization rates mean nothing when you are the one who has been robbed or hurt. There are some simple techniques you can use to take control and alter your environment to lower your personal chances of being a crime victim when you are away from home.


Don’t Carry A Purse!

Not carrying a purse can cut your chances of being robbed by more than 50%. By not having a purse, you can remove the strongest attraction for a thief to commit a crime of opportunity. Purses are easily snatched when you are carrying them. Also, it’s easy to place a purse in a grocery cart, at a casino or a beauty salon, where it can easily be stolen.



Placement of a rubber band around a wallet can deter a pick-pocket because the rubber band creates resistance. You will feel the wallet being lifted. Or, carry it in your front pocket.

Also, know the contents of your wallet, so that they may be replaced, in case it is stolen. Bank


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