I totally agree with you.
If there actually was more crime today, it would mean that humans had genetically changed. Crime statistics come and go, depending about whether people are actually convicted of crimes.
I spent most of my young years walking to school. There were bullies, and I even had a knife brandished on me. There were no doubt sex predators just like there are today. But, do we really need to go to the extreme of not letting kids outside without supervision?
My elementary school had hundreds of bicycles, my kids have zero. And yes, the last bus stop is about 2 blocks away, within a hundred yards of school. Disgusts me, especially when I see that 30-40% of the kids are grossly obese.
Something is really messed up. But hey, at least the schools are actually pretty good, and my kids have very intense education starting at 1st grade.
This issue is about cable news scaring people to death, along with laws too lax for evil people living in our communities.
I let me children out without supervision (my oldest is 15 and he watches his siblings) and had CPS called on me for neglect.