We could need to rethink our conventional evaluation of older people as being protected from violent and property crimes. These within the 50-65 and above teams have disturbingly excessive numbers.
Charges doubled for critical violent crimes for these aged 50 and above. Are older people being focused by legal offenders?
Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr.
Thirty-five years of explaining crime information whereas directing multi-award-winning public relations for nationwide and state legal justice companies.Retired federal senior spokesperson. Interviewed a number of instances by each nationwide information outlet.
Former Senior Specialist for Crime Prevention for the Division of Justice’s clearinghouse. Former Director of Info Providers, Nationwide Crime Prevention Council. Former Adjunct Affiliate Professor of Criminology and Public Affairs-College of Maryland, College School.
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What’s beneath is information from the FBI (crimes reported to regulation enforcement).
Although this text is predicated on crimes reported to regulation enforcement compiled by the FBI in 2022 (newest information), violent crime charges and totals from the 2022 Nationwide Crime Victimization Survey are necessary for understanding the affect of violent crime on teams.
That is the eleventh in a collection providing information from the FBI’s newest crime stories primarily based on crimes reported to regulation enforcement. The primary was Places Of Violent Crime-The place Crime Occurs. The second was The Time Of Day For Violent And Property Crimes. The third was Violent Crime Totals By State. The fourth was Violent Crime Victims By Race And Ethnicity-Who’s Victimized Most? The fifth was Are Females Violently Victimized Extra Than Males? The sixth is Most Individuals Are Violently Victimized By Household Members Or Individuals They Know. The seventh is 10 P.c Of Violent Victimizations Concerned A Firearm-Weapons Used Throughout Crime. The eighth is Most Crimes Are Not Solved-Why? The ninth is 250,000 Tried However Failed Property Crimes Per The FBI-Causes Why. The tenth is What Causes Murders And Aggravated Assaults?
Most Crimes Are Not Reported
Per the Nationwide Crime Victimization Survey from the Bureau of Justice Statistics of the US Division of Justice, solely 42 p.c of violent crimes are reported to regulation enforcement.
Thirty-two p.c of property crimes are reported.
However, the numbers beneath from the FBI are among the greatest indicators we have now concerning the whole quantity of “reported” crimes and the traits of these crimes.
A fundamental tenet of criminology is that these in youthful age brackets have increased charges of violent crime. Whereas true, we have to dig somewhat deeper.
I as soon as wrote that legal offenders victimize the weak. The disabled have very excessive charges of legal victimization together with mixed-race people and the poor. The speed of violent victimization towards individuals with disabilities was practically 4 instances the speed for individuals with out disabilities.
A reader wrote that I additionally want to incorporate these 50 and above within the class of “most victimized.” As a police officer, I encountered older victims of crime who had been profoundly traumatized by their expertise.
The 2022 Nationwide Crime Victimization Survey in its newest report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics of the US Division of Justice said that charges doubled for critical violent crimes for these aged 50 and above. Per that report (ignored by the media) charges for violent crime elevated by 44 p.c, the most important enhance within the nation’s historical past.
Information From The FBI-Crimes Reported To Legislation Enforcement
Sure, classes of youthful individuals are victimized greater than classes of these 50 years of age and above. Nonetheless, these within the 50-65 and above teams have disturbingly excessive numbers.
Per the chart beneath from the FBI, total violent and property crimes are clustered (I take advantage of rounded numbers) within the 21-40 age brackets however, for these within the 51 to 66 and above, there have been 2,571,000 crimes, far outweighing particular person age brackets for the 21-40 age group.
Crimes towards individuals are clustered within the 16-40 age group however, for these 51-66 and above, there have been 530,000 violent crimes, far outweighing particular person age brackets for the 16-40 age group.
Crimes towards property are clustered within the 21-50 age teams with vital exceptions. These age 65 and over had the very best charges of embezzlement, the third highest quantity for extortions, the very best quantity for fraud, and the fourth highest quantity for stolen property.
FBI Chart (click on on the chart to enlarge)
Information From The Nationwide Crime Victimization Survey
Information from the Bureau of Justice Statistics’s Nationwide Crime Victimization Survey for 2022 (newest report-a measure of whole crime) reveals that youthful people have a lot increased charges of violence and critical violence than older individuals.
Nonetheless, these 50-64 have virtually the identical fee of great violent crime (excluding easy assault) as these 12-17.
For 2021, for all violent crimes (together with easy assaults), these 50-64 had a violence fee of 16.9 whereas the 12-17 age group had a violence fee of 13.2
Sure, youthful individuals have increased charges of violent and property crime than older people.
Nonetheless, the numbers from the FBI and Nationwide Crime Victimization Survey carry concern, particularly the very excessive FBI numbers for embezzlement, extortion, fraud, and stolen property for these 65 and above.
Charges doubled for critical violent crimes for these aged 50 and above per the Nationwide Crime Victimization Survey.
The FBI numbers for total crime, violent, and property crime for these 50-65 and above appear disturbingly excessive.
The Nationwide Crime Victimization Survey signifies that these within the 50-64 age group have charges of total violence and critical violence just like or increased than these of youngsters.
We could need to rethink our conventional evaluation of older people as protected from violent and property crimes.
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