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.
If you're in a neighborhood where people throw bricks from a van it may not be the typical suburbia.
There's no doubt that society has coarsened overall. But statistics show that the facts often don't bear out the fears; on many of these issues the MSM has brain-washed the public.
Where are you? The West Bank? Dearborn, MI?