Safe & Sound?

62% of older smaller and 58% of single pensioner households rate their neighbourhood as very good.

96% of pensioner households had no experience ofserious neighbour disputes. (Scotland’s People – results of the Scottish Household Survey 2003-2004)

Just 9% of people aged 60+ experienced any crime in 1999, compared to 12.2% of people aged 25-59 and 19.6% of people aged 16-24. 

Only 0.6% of men and 0.4% of women aged 60+ experienced violent crime in 1999, compared to 13.9% of men aged 16-24.  

23.6% (nearly 1/4) of women aged 60+ felt ‘very unsafe’ after dark, compared with 13.7% of women aged 25-59, and just 11.1% of women aged 16-24.   

3.7 % of men aged 16-24 reported having a car stolen in 1999, compared to only 0.82% of all men and women over 60.   

6.38% of people aged 16-24 had experienced housebreaking in 1999, compared with 3.05% of people aged 25-59, and just 2.18% of people aged 60 plus.  

When asked how safe they felt after dark, 12.2% of women aged 16-29 said they feel ‘very unsafe’.  21.2% of women aged 60-69 said they feel very unsafe.  30.4% of women aged over 80 said they feel ‘very unsafe’.   

37.6% of men and women aged 60+ feel ‘a bit’ or ‘very’ unsafe after dark.  

20.3% of people aged 60+ with limiting health problems felt ‘very worried’ about housebreaking in 1999, compared to 9.7% of people aged 60+ without health problems.  

(All figures from Scottish Crime Survey 2000)