High unemployment. More people needing government vouchers for food. Fewer owning their homes while others are losing theirs.
Yet there is less crime. The talking heads – again – are wrong.
Experts are scratching their heads over why crime has ebbed so far during this recession, making it different from other economic downturns of the past half-century. Early guesses include jobless folks at home keeping closer watch for thieves, or the American population just getting older, and older people commit fewer crimes.