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    Reserach Proposal For Understanding How The Elderly Experience Crime:

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    This 6 page paper is organized as a research proposal to understand how the elderly experience crime. Included in this proposal are objectives of research, how to conduct the research, analysis and reporting, and more. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

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    of the research are as well. First, for the purposes of this research, crime includes rape, robbery, assault, larceny, household burglary, household larceny, and motor vehicle theft (Elderly Crime  Victims, 2003). The population is aging and therefore there is an increasing number of elderly crime victims in this country. In 1999, there were 34.5 million people aged  65 and older in the United States, which translates to 13% of the population (Elder Abuse, 2003). The purpose of this research then is to determine if increased crime  rates are consistent with population growth or if crime is outpacing the growth of the elderly community. Furthermore, because crime  has become so prevalent in our society, the costs to society is also increasing. Therefore, the second objective of this research is to attempt to determine the average cost,  per victim, of crime amongst the elderly. Obviously, this result will represent an average since all types of crime and all types of costs will be taken into account,  but that average will reflect how crime impacts individuals and will break down the societal cost into a more comprehensible figure. Some facts regarding the elderly and crime: *  The National Crime Victimization Survey reports that the rate of violent crime victimization of persons ages 65 or older was about 4 per 1,000 (Elder Abuse, 2003). *  In 1992, persons 65 or older experienced about 2.1 million criminal victimizations (Crime Survey, 2003). * Over 20 years, the lowest rate of violent crime against the elderly was  recorded in 1990, 3.5 per 1,000 persons age 65 or older (Crime Survey, 2003). This was 61% lower than the 9 crimes per 1,000 persons in 1974, the peak 

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