In the NZCASS, 'seniors' are defined as people 65 and over.
When we looked at those aged 60–64 and those aged 65 and over, we found these two groups experienced differences in victimisation, so we looked at these groups separately. While both groups were less likely than the NZ average (24%) to have experienced one or more offence in 2013, fewer seniors (12%) were victimised compared to those aged 60–64 (18%).
When considering the different types of offences, seniors were less likely than the NZ average to experience:
Note: Burglary and vehicle offences are household offences, and age is based on the respondent’s age rather than all household members’. As such, we advise caution when interpreting the above statistics.
When we broke down violent interpersonal offences by the victim’s relationship to the offender, we found that regardless of the type of relationship, seniors were less likely to experience one or more violent interpersonal offence in 2013 than the NZ average:
We found no statistically significant changes between 2005, 2008 and 2013 when comparing the victimisation of seniors over time by their relationship to the offender.
Seniors (30%) were not statistically more or less likely than the NZ average (31%) to think there was a crime problem in their neighbourhood in 2014.
When we asked those who had lived in their neighbourhood for a year or more whether they thought crime levels in their neighbourhood had changed, we found seniors (13%) were less likely than the NZ average (15%) to think crime levels had increased.
Seniors (3%) were also less likely than the NZ average (5%) to indicate that their quality of life was highly affected by fear of crime.
However, when asked about neighbourhood safety after dark, seniors (35%) were more likely than the NZ average (28%) to feel unsafe after dark in their neighbourhood.
When asked how worried they were about victimisation in 2014, there were a range of areas where seniors reported being less worried than the NZ average. The areas different to the NZ averages include:
There were no areas where seniors were more worried about victimisation than the NZ average.
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