Good news about current crime statistics and a reminder to notice realities that are positive.
Things are not always as they seem nor as we might assume. Contrary to current popular belief, the economic downturn has not led to increased crime rates. In fact, crime, nationwide, is down to levels comparable to "...the good ol' days..." (1950's).
Some sociologists attribute this to higher incarceration of law-breakers and improved police skills. This last one stands to reason. Although it gets lots of publicity when a police officer makes a mistake, they probably make fewer. Our entire society IS gradually learning over time---often FROM mistakes.
By reviewing and figuring out how it could have been better, we see how to improve in the future.