Older people’s experiences and views do not always adequately inform local policing, crime reduction and reassurance priorities.
Crime issues which affect older people are often marginalised and older people are often accused of ‘worrying about nothing’ when it comes to crime. This belief masks the fact that some older people are at greatly increased risk of crime. It also promotes the assumption that fear of crime is nothing to worry about; although it can increase feelings of isolation and decrease community involvement. Older victims are more likely to experience poor health and well-being.
Age Scotland wants it to be far easier for people in later life to set the direction of local policing decisions. Local police should be expected to hold regular ‘beat meetings’ so that residents can hold them to account.
Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland
Police Complaints Commissioner for Scotland
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