CRIME PREVENTION FOR THE ELDERLY
The qualitative method was employed throughout this research where the documents were investigated to review and estimate the bodies of knowledge, concepts, and theories on crimes committed against the elderly, including the survey of problem state, criminal case statistics, and forms of crime committed to the elderly in Thailand. The study indicated that the Elderly, who were the victims of violence, were often women with marital status. Mostly, the cases were about sexual violence, physical abuse, financial and property abuse, neglect, and psychological and emotional abuse. In addition, all of these cases often occurred within the family caused by the stress of offenders. This reflected that the crime situation of violence against the elderly in Thailand was the psychological abuse and neglect. This research can be summarized as a guideline to prevent crimes committed against the elderly in 4 solutions, namely 1. encouraging the elderly to protect themselves; 2. supporting public and community participation to play the role of preventing crime committed against the elderly; 3. crime prevention in the community by public police officers; and, 4. provision of the elderly crime victim service system.
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