TBI: Number of elderly crime victims rises, despite decline overall

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released its first-ever study specifically targeting crimes against the elderly. It found a slight increase in the number of victims each year from 2009 through 2011. Conversely, though, the study noted the number of victims actually decreased during this span.

In that time frame, the number of senior victims grew 7 percent, while the total number of victims fell 5 percent.

The study analyzed incidents reported to the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS) by state law enforcement agencies. It compared what were classified as crimes against persons and crimes against property where the victim was 65 or older, specifically robbery, burglary, assault, and fraud.

TBI's Highlights of the “Crimes Against the Elderly Report”

  • Just over 6% of all victims reported in incidents between 2009 and 2011 were elderly.

  • Burglary is the most often reported offense committed against the elderly followed by vandalism and theft- all other larceny.

  • One in 10 burglary victims were 65 years or older accounting for more than 20% of all crimes committed against the elderly each year from 2009 through 2011.

  • More than 46% of robbery offenses against the elderly occur at home.

  • Between 2009 and 2011, 6,275 fraud offenses were reported as having an elderly victim which accounts for nearly 13% of all fraud victims.

• Offenders of assault offenses are overwhelmingly known to elderly victims. Of the 2,896 assault offenses, 41% were committed by family members.
• A total of 65,220 offenders committed crimes against the elderly between 2009 and 2011. Males were two times more likely to offend against this population than females.


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