Of the elderly women arrested for crimes, nine in 10 were suspects of shoplifting or theft cases. Photo: Reuters Of the elderly women arrested for crimes, nine in 10 were suspects of shoplifting or theft cases. Photo: Reuters
Of the elderly women arrested for crimes, nine in 10 were suspects of shoplifting or theft cases. Photo: Reuters
Japan

In Japan, elderly women are behind a surge in thefts amid a ‘grey crime wave’

  • Police are seeing a surge in offences by the elderly, even as Japan reports its lowest number of crimes in 17 years
  • According to one expert, loneliness and boredom may be driving up geriatric crime in a country where one in four people are aged 65 and above

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Of the elderly women arrested for crimes, nine in 10 were suspects of shoplifting or theft cases. Photo: Reuters Of the elderly women arrested for crimes, nine in 10 were suspects of shoplifting or theft cases. Photo: Reuters
Of the elderly women arrested for crimes, nine in 10 were suspects of shoplifting or theft cases. Photo: Reuters
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