Why? Crime is crime--right?<quoted text>
Well that can vary because economics and poverty are a factor as well. but it depends upon what type of crime you are talking about.
Or is there some weird imaginary-space where crime IS NOT crime?
In any case? Pick one. Let's take murder.
Do you think murder per person is **higher** now, than 20, 50 or 100 years ago?
Or is it **lower**?
Answer: it's lower. Significantly lower, as compared to 100 years back.
In fact, crime per-person is lower. It's just that, due to there being a whole lot more people, there are quite a few more people who are criminals.
But, crime per **person** is actually lower.
More to the point, criminals get caught, today, a **lot** more than they did in the past-- modern computers and such, have a lot to do with that.
It is important to compare apples to apples, when talking about such things as this.