§ Mr. Cyril Smith
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many elderly people were mugged or had their homes burgled in England and Wales in the past 12 months.
§ Mr. Mayhew
Information on the characteristics of victims of serious offences recorded by the police in England and Wales is not collected centrally. The information readily available relates to offences of robbery—which include offences referred to as "mugging"—recorded in the Metropolitan Police district. In 1981, of the 10,971 victims of such recorded offences, 9,793 were aged up to 60, 1,154 were aged 61 or over and the ages of 24 were unknown.