Crime and Abuse Against Seniors:
A Review of the Research Literature With Special Reference to the Canadian Situation
4. CANADIAN RESEARCH AND DATA ON CRIMES COMMITTED AGAINST SENIORS
4.9 Feelings of Personal Safety and Precautions Against Crime
The 2004 GSS examined the concerns Canadians had about crime, as well as the activities in which they were involved to reduce their vulnerability to it. Seniors showed a slight improvement in their satisfaction with their overall personal safety from the previous cycle of the GSS administered in 1999—92 percent versus 89 percent (Ogrodnick, 2007). Table 4.12 illustrates that there were no significant differences between seniors and non-seniors in the extent to which they were satisfied with their personal safety. While non-seniors were slightly more likely to report that they were concerned about being home alone in the evening, seniors were more likely to report some worry about walking in their neighbourhoods at night. Non-seniors were generally more likely to change their activities or to avoid particular places in order to reduce the risk of victimization. Non-seniors were also more likely to take self-defence courses. Seniors, on the other hand, were more likely to lock car doors and to stay home at night due to the fear of going out alone.
|Concerns or Activities Relating to Personal Safety||Seniors||Non-Seniors|
|Satisfied with overall personal safety||92%||94%|
|Concerned about being home alone in the evening||17%||20%|
|Worried about walking in neighbourhood after dark||21%||15%|
|Changed activities or avoided certain places to reduce risk of victimization||23%||37%|
|Took self-defence course||6%||14%|
|Locking car doors||64%||58%|
|Staying home at night due to fear of going out alone||15%||9%|
Source: L. Ogrodnick (2007) Seniors As Victims of Crime 2004 and 2005. Ottawa: Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics (GSS, 2004).
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