Crime against the elderly is increasing in Tennessee.
On Wednesday, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released the first-ever study of crimes against people who are age 65 or older. It looked at crime statistics for robbery, burglary, assault and fraud from 2009-2011.
TBI said the report showed a slight increase in the number of elderly victims each year, even though the total number of victims of crime decreased in the same period. Elderly victims increased 7% between 2009 and 2011 where the total number of victims decreased by 5%
Elderly abuse takes multiple forms, according to TBI, including fraud, assault and neglect and is broadly defined as the mistreatment or abusive behavior toward older adults. They are especially vulnerable to crime because of diminished physical capacity and mobility.
TBI highlighted these points from 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.