Analyzing Elderly Population Perception of Risk of Violent Crime Victimization and Corresponding Risk Limiting Actions

Abbe Justus, Florida State University
Amy Bunger, Florida State University
Marc Gertz, Florida State University

ABSTRACT
This public opinion survey asks how at risk elderly persons in Florida feel about being a victim of violent crime. Second we query as to manifestations of individual level of behavior based on their perceived risk. Using the elderly population we analyze what actions they engage in to mitigate their perceptions of risk. This includes both: behavior in public places (the times that you go shopping; avoiding certain neighborhoods; not wearing jewelry in public; keeping your car windows rolled up in certain neighborhoods) and personal context behavior (purchasing a weapon; installing a home security system).

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