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Older people and crime

Between 2011 and 2031, baby-boomers will pass the age of 65 years and will account for almost one-quarter of Australia’s total population – a significant demographic group. Although older people are overwhelmingly less at risk of being victims of crime than other age groups, they may be increasing vulnerable to abuse by family members and professional carers. Older people may also experience negligence and fraud by professionals including those working in the health care, legal and finance fields. The crime that elderly people are most likely to experience is credit card fraud.  To find out what actions can be taken to prevent crime against older Australians explore the practical crime prevention guides available on the AIC website. Recent research from Australia and overseas can also be found on this site.


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