My old Grandma, who died in 1982 aged 69, had a saying, one of many, that went "Violence, rapes, child abductions, any sort of crime really and premarital sex and children born out of wedlock etc etc. Infact, all the things that make the country bad are no more wide spread now than it was in my youth during the 1920's. It looks worse now because people are more aware. People are more aware because news travels faster and is more easily accessible by everyone. People are more willing to report minor crime so it looks worse when figures are compared"
And now we have high speed Internet added to the mix.
I don't know if she was right but if she was then the world we live in now can be no more violent than it was 80 years ago.
Food for thought in an age when CCTV is everywhere and the police have sweeping powers to arrest anyone for any thing and our law makers introduce evermore draconian laws.