Though the fear of a violent and unprovoked home invasion resulting in who knows what horrors to your precious bodily cavities stalks your psyche daily, the fact is this: you are paranoid. Watching too much local television news, I suspect. America is so safe these days it is absolutely sickening.

Crime is down in "all major categories," a streak that's continued more than four years now. Murders are down! Rapes are down! And arson and robbery too! To what do we owe this new, lower chance of a dude coming up when you're just walking down the street minding your own business and punching you and taking your wallet and kidnapping you and forcing you to drive him to your house, which he burns down?

Police officials and some criminologists attribute the persistent crime drop to more-sophisticated policing methods, such as targeting hot spots with extra officers. James Alan Fox, a professor of criminology at Northeastern University in Boston, said the proliferation of technology-from security cameras to cellphones-has also played a large role, making it harder for people to commit crimes without being reported or recorded.

Yes. Thank god for all those cameras keeping us safe!

[WSJ. Image via maryatexitzero/ Flickr]