It is true we here about shootings and robberies all the time. Do we though live in more dangerous times or is it the 24 hour national news cycle? If you believe statistics, then NO we do not live in more dangerous times. If you believe the hype then yes, we didn't do indeed live and more dangerous times. Up until the 1980's when shock journalism became all the rage, we never knew of the robbery murder in Kalamazoo or Seattle Washington. Those were considered local stories. Today's pseudo journalist just out for a headline and to milk a tragedy for all the ratings they can get, make us feel as if we are about to be a crime victim at every turn. There are in the still neighborhoods were children play until? streetlights come on and still communities where people have unlocked doors. I know this is getting fewer and farther between but it is still out there.