5 - Tackle Fear of Crime

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High 5 Priority 5 Tackle Fear of Crime


Questions we asked election candidates:
 

How do you plan to support older people to live free from fear of crime within their home and community? 

What steps will you take to make sure that older people are a high priority group within the new Community Safety Strategy?

Why is this a priority issue?


Many older people are increasingly worried about their safety. They are worried about being attacked at home or in the street.  While the likelihood of an older person being the victim of a crime is low, this provides little comfort to older people. In a recent survey for the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament, nearly two-thirds of older people listed fear of crime as one of their main concerns.

An older person’s fear of crime often causes a destructive ‘locked in – locked out’ cycle. They may choose to lock themselves into their homes to protect their safety and security and as a result, lock themselves out of their communities, leading to more isolation, loneliness and fear.

Tackling fear of crime among older people must become a priority for the new Community Safety Strategy on which the Department of Justice is currently consulting. Prioritising this will drive a range of actions focused on decreasing a person’s fear, increasing their confidence, enabling them to re-engage and participate in their local communities.  The priorities and strategic goals of the ‘Safer Ageing’ strategy must be taken forward and adequate resources deployed to ensure that the aims of this Strategy are met.

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