Young men still commit most crimes in most countries. But the crime rates among the elderly are on the rise in some European and Asian countries. After the recent heist in London’s Hatton Garden diamond district — more than £10 million ($15.5 million) in cash and gems were taken — police were surprised to discover that two of the nine suspects were in their mid-seventies. The youngest was 42.
Bloomberg reports that crimes committed by people 65 and over in South Korea rose 12.2 percent from 2011 to 2013, and that includes a shocking 40 percent increase in violent crime. Some sociologists blame loneliness and poverty for the increased criminality among senior citizens. P.S. In America, elderly crime (among people aged 55 to 65) has decreased since the 1980s.