Constructing Crime against the Elderly in Swedish Crime Prevention Campaigns
2003 (English)In: Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention, ISSN 1404-3858, Vol. 4, no 2, 180-203 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The study investigates how crime prevention activities frame the problem of crime against the elderly, regarding character, causes, effects and solutions. Data was collected through participant observations, interviews and analysis of a film produced by a local crime prevention council in Sweden. It is concluded that crime prevention for seniors produces complex and contradicting images of the problem. In situational crime prevention seniors are warned to look out for strangers stalking them or trying to access their homes. Statements that victimization is uncommon among the old are combined with warnings that invoke images of mysterious ever-present perpetrators. In social crime prevention, where causes and interventions of crime are discussed, crime prevention officers link the problem to established social problems such as drug abuse and juvenile delinquency. This way of framing the problem is typical for a Swedish Social Democratic perspective, where lack of community and integration are defined as causes of social problems. It is concluded that warnings to look out for strangers who ask for help may be at odds with this striving towards community.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2003. Vol. 4, no 2, 180-203 p.
Crime prevention, Distraction burglaries, Elderly, Fear of crime, Images of ageing, People's Home
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-46406DOI: 10.1080/14043850310015474OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-46406DiVA: diva2:267302