BJS: Crimes Against the Elderly on the Rise

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Violent victimizations of the elderly are on the rise, according to a new study released by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS).

Rates of nonfatal violent crime against Americans age 65 or older increased 27 percent from 2003 to 2013, from 3.4 to 4.4 victimizations per 1,000 people.

About 2 percent of all violent crimes involved elderly victims between 2003 and 2013, according to the study, which is based on data from BJS’s National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), which measures nonfatal crimes.

Nonfatal violent crime includes rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault and simple assault.

While violent victimizations increased, the study notes that the vast majority of crimes against the elderly, 93 percent, were property crimes, such as burglary and motor vehicle theft.

Read the full study HERE.

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