Elders are not afraid of crime, says a criminologist at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
John Lewis, a faculty member in IUP's Department of Criminology and his partner Mike Arter, a 2005 graduate of IUP's criminology doctoral program, made the new conclusion.
While earlier studies reported that fear of crime among the elderly is a significant problem and concern, Lewis found that the elderly are no more afraid of crime than any other age group.
"The fear of crime among the elderly has been the focus of numerous studies over the past several decades," he said.
"Unfortunately, there is little consensus among researchers and a wide swing in findings from one decade to another.
"Basically, earlier studies reported fear of crime among the elderly as a significant problem or concern of the elderly, but more recent research indicates the elderly are no more afraid of crime than any other age group," he said.