WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- From 2003 to 2013 rates of nonfatal violent crime against the elderly increased 27 percent, from 3.4 to 4.4 victimizations per 1,000 persons age 65 or older and property crime declined 50 percent, the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today. However, crime rates for elderly persons were consistently lower than rates for persons in younger age groups.
Nonfatal violent crime includes rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault and simple assault. From 2003 to 2013, the elderly were victims in approximately 2 percent of all violent crimes and 2 percent of all serious violent crimes (rape or sexual assault, robbery and aggravated assault). However, the elderly made up about 21