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The tony town of Greenwich, Connecticut, is not a place where people typically get mugged in broad daylight. And yet earlier this month that is exactly what happened as a woman left the Apple store and was attacked by two men looking to relieve her of her pricey purchases.
Suburban crime is not something we think much about, but in these times we should. In 2021 there were 51 homicides in the burbs outside Minneapolis and St Paul, double the number for the previous year, and this is not an outlier. Crime in the America of picket fences and ice cream socials is on the rise. And there is no hiding it.
Take this story from the Washington Post with its headline blaring “New York City is a lot safer than small town America.” It’s not hyperbole, we tend to think of the nation’s crime problem as a particularly urban blight, but it isn’t. The rise in anti-social behavior knows no urban border, as crime gets out of control it drifts to our small towns and suburbs.