I am a huge advocate of personal safety. I am certified in first aid as well as CPR. While I am thankful that I have never had to use those skills, I am equally thankful that I know them in case I do. I also have a Hikvision CCTV system at my house, complete with cameras at every door. I also have a camera pointing to my backyard, and it is equipped with night vision so I don’t miss a thing. Even if crime was not a rising problem, I still want to know what is going on with my own property, so I would have it regardless of statistics.
The sad reality though is that the stats are showing that crime is on the rise. While there are years where it will actually decrease, it always comes back around.