Unfortunately, crime is up all over! It is up to all of us as citizens to keep an eye out for suspicious happenings, and call 911 when in doubt. It's always better to be safe, than sorry! If we were all more aware and more willing to get involved maybe we could change the pace of things. I suggest you talk to your local police about starting Crime Watch or Neighborhood Watch groups in your area. Getting to know your neighbors is a huge part of keeping crime down.
On the news a few days ago, I heard the police admonishing the public for leaving articles in our cars, apparently we are making it too tempting for criminals. That's a darn shame that 'we' are told to 'not tempt' the criminals, but unfortunately... that is the way of the world.