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Crime prevention or reduction

Some older adults are particularly vulnerable to becoming victims of crime, while the issue of elder abuse (whether physical, or emotional, or due to neglect) is increasingly considered a challenge. Find the latest evidence on crime prevention/reduction in our resources below.

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  • Evidence Summary

    Financial fraud and scams among older adults is a serious concern

    American Journal of Public Health (2017)
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    Towards a best-practice guideline to prevent abuse and neglect of older adults

    Canadian Journal on Aging (2016)
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    Problem gambling and crime and its costs

    Gambling Research Exchange Ontario (GREO)
    Gambling addiction can lead to crime, which is costly for the justice system. People with gambling problems and people doing crimes have shared risk factors. View this resource for policy proposals for reducing gambling crime.
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    Environment

    Gambling Research Exchange Ontario (GREO)
    Having easy access to gambling venues can make you more likely to develop gambling problems. If gambling is socially acceptable in your environment or venues are attractive you might be additionally at risk. Read the resource for more information on environmental factors that affect your risk of developing gambling problems.
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    Venue/casino

    Gambling Research Exchange Ontario (GREO)
    Gambling harm is more common in areas closer to land-based gambling venues. Environmental factors can greatly influence problem gambling. Read this resource for information on the effect of casinos on the proximal community.
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    Domestic and inter-partner violence

    Gambling Research Exchange Ontario (GREO)
    Families, including both partner and children, of problem gamblers are more likely to experience forms of domestic violence. Studies report high correlations between domestic abuse and the harms associated with gambling. The financial losses and the emotional stresses associated with gambling are some of the causes of violence.
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    Recognizing Fraud Toolkit

    Alberta Council on Aging
    Every year, thousands of Canadians lose money to fraud. Access this resource for a downloadable program that will teach you how to protect yourself.
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    Spotting fraud and scams: How to protect yourself and safeguard your finances

    211 Ontario
    This resource aims to provide information on fraud, the number one crime against older Canadians. The resource is an introduction in recognizing common types of frauds and learn about the ways to protect yourself and your loved ones.
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    There is a need for gender-sensitive health- and social-care services for aging individuals

    Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services (2012)
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    Understand PIN protection

    Financial Consumer Agency of Canada
    You should never share your bank PIN with anyone. Access this resource for more information on how to protect yourself from theft.
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    Identity theft

    Consumer Information Canada
    Identity theft is when personal information is stolen. This resource will help you stop and report identity theft.
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    Debit card fraud

    Consumer Information Canada
    Debit card fraud happens when someone steals your bank information and takes out money without permission. Many organizations in Canada protect citizens from fraud. This resource includes tips on how to prevent it and who to contact in case it happens.
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    Misleading advertising

    Consumer Information Canada
    Internet scams are becoming more elaborate and prevalent. Read this resource for information on how to protect yourself and identify online scams.
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    Substance use

    Gambling Research Exchange Ontario (GREO)
    Substance use and gambling are highly correlated. They often interact and progress the severity of each other. Intervention may be necessary to treat these addictions.
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    Know how to respond safely

    Government of Canada - Status of Women Canada
    Read this resource to learn how to respond to abusive actions. Speaking out, offering your assistance and calling 911 if necessary are some examples.
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    Mortgage Fraud

    Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
    In Canada, seniors are most often the victims of fraud and financial abuse. Use this resource to learn about how to recognize, protect yourself against, and report these crimes.
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    A safe place: Fostering older adults’ sense of security

    Fear of crime is associated with negative effects on health and well-being, regardless of age. This fear can be amplified among older adults who are vulnerable, frail, socially isolated, and who no longer benefit from the same family and community support. Discover what the research tells us about strategies to reduce crime and reduce the fear of crime in your community.
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    Older adults increasingly targeted by fraud and scams

    Financial fraud targeted at the aging population is a serious problem with both monetary and health-related consequences that is likely to continue escalating. Without development of prevention efforts, it’s estimated that the number of cases could nearly double in the next two to three decades.
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    Are you a victim of abuse?

    Abuse and neglect of older adults can take many forms, but abuse cases are rarely reported. We need more robust strategies to identify, evaluate and respond to elder abuse.

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