Safety and security

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The risk of being a victim of crime decreases with increasing age. 26 per cent of 16-24 year olds were at risk of being a victim of crime compared with nine percent of those aged 60 or older. Yet although older people are far less likely to be victims of most types of crime than people in younger age groups, they are more likely to be victims of the fear of crime. 

Older people (42 per cent  of those aged 60 or older, compared with 30 per cent  of 45-59 year olds), are more likely than younger people to report feeling unsafe when walking alone after dark and only a fifth of those aged 75 and over say they would feel safe walking alone after dark.

Although they are less likely to be a victim, this fear of crime matters because it can lead to isolation, loneliness and deterioration in health.


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