Elderly Victimization and Fear of Crime in Public Spaces
2015 (English)In: International Criminal Justice Review, ISSN 1057-5677, E-ISSN 1556-3855, Vol. 26, no 2, 115-133 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Drawing upon environmental criminology principles and fear of crime literature, this article investigates the types of outdoor places where most crimes against the elderly happen as well as the types of places most feared by them. The study employs an analysis of secondary data, crime mapping, fieldwork, and interviews with residents in a senior housing area in Stockholm, Sweden. Results show that most crime victims were exposed to theft, and all incidents took place in the environment close to the senior housing. Elderly perceived safety follows a “distance decay” from the residence, the safest places being the areas immediately outside the entrance of the senior housing, while the least safe are the deserted areas close to the petrol station. Findings also show that for those who are fairly mobile, the fact that they avoid some places does not necessarily mean their mobility is restricted, as previously expected, but it makes them walk farther. © 2016, 2016 Georgia State University.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2015. Vol. 26, no 2, 115-133 p.
elderly mobility, outdoor environment, perceived safety, victimization
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-194675DOI: 10.1177/1057567716639096ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84968883527OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-194675DiVA: diva2:1046730
QC 201611152016-11-152016-10-312016-11-15Bibliographically approved