The headlines were alarming: ’95 year old purse snatching victim suffers minor injuries to her arm.’ This recently happened just up the street from our home. The community was stunned — how could this happen here? A valued neighbour as well as our sense safety and civility had been violated.
The fear of crime is a big concern for seniors. While seniors are in the age group least likely to experience crime, when they are victimized, the results can be even more devastating. Seniors have less time to recover from financial loss, and may take more time to heal from physical assaults. Furthermore, the fear of crime can be isolating, leading to less community engagement and a diminished sense of quality of life.