I live in a very small, gated, group of houses. My security is very good around my house and I'm not fearful in my house. My shopping is on one street one block from me and I never leave that shopping street to venture elsewhere. I park close to entrances to buildings. I am aware of my surroundings.
However, I shop in an “upscale” grocery store (as opposed to Walmart), because it is safer than the crowded Walmart and one can always get a parking space close to the door of the upscale grocery. To put it bluntly, I am afraid of that Walmart parking lot and afraid of that store. I also cannot stand for 30 minutes try to check out of that Walmart. The upscale grocery starts another check out line if more than two people are in a line. I am paying more money but I know I am safer there and that is worth the extra money.
I do believe as every day goes by, people worry more about being safe outside and some worry about their safety even inside their house.
This is going to get worse especially in the cities and towns that have not controlled their spending and now they are broke as our national government is broke. Yes, they will lay off law enforcement and everything else they have to in order to keep city utilities and trash pick up running.
I was just watching a DDP rerun where some idiot nailed a chicken's neck to a stump to hold it still for the hatchet. It made me sick to see how stupid that is. I guess most people have lost the art or wringing necks.
If anyone needs to know (who wouldn't); it's done by taking the chicken's head in your hand and making a sharp twisting flip movement. The neck snaps like James Bond silently taking out a SPECTRE minion. (Note: a dead yardbird may jump around for several minutes if you let go of it.)