Crime Against the Elderly

Meeting: 
MQT on 2006-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2006
Reference: 
2006/2303
Question By: 
Tony Arbour
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Given that the victims of crime are often elderly, will the Mayor agree with me that the elderly should be seen as a vulnerable group and crimes against them should be raised to the level of an "Aggravated Offence"? Will the Mayor support me in pressing for such a change in the law?

Answer

Answer for Crime Against the Elderly

Answer for Crime Against the Elderly

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Although young people are more likely than older people to be victims of crime, fear of crime is particularly likely to affect the quality of older people's lives. In my recently published Older People's Strategy I committed both to monitoring older people's experience of crime and also to hosting a conference on older people and fear of crime. I have also provided funding for police safer neighbourhoods teams, which are already making a real contribution to reassuring Londoners, young and old alike. I believe that measures such as these are more likely to make older people safe, and feel safe, than introducing the sort of legal change suggested though I will continue to monitor whether it would be appropriate to press for legislative reform.