Number of stealing seniors on the rise

9th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

9 November 2007, BRUSSELS – The number of people aged 70 and over caught stealing has increased by more than 50 percent in the past five years. The increase is even greater among people aged 60 and over, with 71 percent more reports of theft. This has emerged from the Prevention and Safety Agency.

9 November 2007

BRUSSELS – The number of people aged 70 and over caught stealing has increased by more than 50 percent in the past five years. The increase is even greater among people aged 60 and over, with 71 percent more reports of theft. This has emerged from the Prevention and Safety Agency.

The causes of the increase are the ageing population – there are simply more senior citizens – but also loneliness and inadequate pensions. Geriatric specialist Lucien De Cock says senior citizens are not sitting at home by the fire like they used to.

"The elderly are coming in contact with more and more temptations." De Cock thinks that penalties serve little purpose. "These older people don't have anything to lose. They need special help. Don't overlook the factor of dementia. Many senior citizens simply don't realise that they have taken something from the shelf when they are stopped at the door."

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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