From the NYT:
Violent Crime in U.S. Rises for First Time Since 2006
By TIMOTHY WILLIAMS
Violent crime rose in the United States in 2012 for the first time in six years, led by an increase in major crimes in large cities, according to preliminary data released Monday by the F.B.I.
I can't say I really know what's going on, but this isn't good news. My theory was that changes in technology such as camera phones and Facebook make crime less plausible of a career, but maybe that's fading. Or maybe the recession depressed crime, and animal spirits are reasserting themselves. Who knows?