Yep. Same with the climate and natural disasters although the MSM got us all to think things are so much worse than they ever were before in history.
I suspect that most parents have had no abductions in their neighborhoods ever but think their child will be the first.
The inevitable result of Big Brother on people's psyche's.
30 years ago, people had the luxury of saying "how could we have known?" when their child was abducted/raped/murdered.
They don't have that luxury, as hollow as it may actually be, anymore.
30 years ago, most folks lived in areas where they knew most of their neighbors, could easily recognize suspicious interlopers, and probably had faith that their local, state, and Federal government were honestly concerned about their safety.
Things have changed.
I didn’t grow up in the USA, but my wife did and she is certain it is worse. She used to walk to school (the same school our children attend) with little difficulty.
Several decades later now, the children have been harassed (bricks were throw from a van) and we have been warned to not let our children walk alone for fear of attack.
I have had some “cat calls” with the kids (”JOOOOO” and various things in arabic), but no violence.