Even though the United States has the highest incarceration rate and the largest total prison population in the world by a very wide margin, hundreds of communities all over America are being overwhelmed by crime and violence. For many years, violent crime had actually decreased in the United States, but now the trend is going the other way. Violent crime in the U.S. increased in both 2011 and 2012, and it is being projected that it will increase in 2013 as well. The frightening thing is that crime statistics are going up even though police departments in some major cities have publicly announced that they will not even respond to certain crimes anymore. This has the effect of making crime statistics look lower than they actually should be. For example, in the city of Chicago police will no longer respond in person "to 911 calls reporting vehicle theft, garage burglary or simple assault". So if someone steals your car or breaks into your garage, you can file a report over the phone if you want, but it probably won't do much good.
So what is causing the rise in crime and violence? Well, we live at a time when economic opportunities for young people are extremely limited. The younger you are, the more likely you are to be unemployed, and poverty in America has been steadily rising even in the midst of this so-called "economy recovery".
When people are poor and feel like they are out of options, they tend to get desperate. And desperate people do desperate things.
Meanwhile, the condition of the family in America continues to deteriorate. We have the highest divorce rate in the world and approximately one out of every three children in the United States lives in a home without a father. Without stable families to depend on, our young people have become increasingly vulnerable to other influences.
One trend that is extremely alarming is the growth of gangs in the United States. According to the FBI, there are now 1.4 million gang members living in America. Unfortunately, the federal government appears very unconcerned about stopping illegal immigration even though it has been one of the primary factors fueling the astounding growth of criminal gangs in this country.
There is a lot of anger and frustration out on the streets of America right now, and the moral decay that has been eating away at the foundations of our country is really starting to manifest itself. The following are 11 examples of the escalating crime and violence that are plaguing communities all across America right now...
#1 Flash mob crimes are becoming increasingly common in our major cities. For example, in Washington D.C. a "flash mob" of 20 or 30 young people recently stormed a convenience store and took whatever they wanted...
"It was crazy. Beyond our control," says the manager of the King Convenience store in the 1500 block of U Street in Southeast D.C.
He says a flash mob of teens stole candy, soda and other items from his store Saturday night.
"Bunch of kids, more than 20 or 30, grabbed everything," he says, asking not to be identified. "They grabbed everything and then ran away from the store."
#2 In the Bronx, police seem to be powerless to do anything about the gangs that are ruthlessly terrorizing law-abiding families...
The gun-toting teen shot by police over the weekend grew up in a gang-infested neighborhood in the Morrisania section of the Bronx where law-abiding families live in constant fear. Even if young boys try to avoid trouble, it comes looking for them.
At first glance, everything looks calm and ordinary in this community. But under the surface, the threat for boys as young as 9 or 10 from gangs and criminal crews pressuring them to join is constant.
One boy, whose identity Fox 5 is protecting, said they have no choice but to join a gang. He said he tries to stay busy and off the streets at night when the gangs are out and hunting for new members. He said most boys don't choose to join a gang, but if they don't, they and their families suffer consequences. He said gangs have ransacked the apartments of reluctant recruits.
#3 In Baltimore, there have been several reports recently of vicious mobs assaulting innocent pedestrians...
A man was assaulted by a group of people early Sunday morning in Baltimore's Little Italy neighborhood and part of the attack was captured on camera.
The attack happened at around 12:45 a.m. at Bank and Exeter Streets. The victim, who works at a restaurant in the area, was walking down the street when a mob of people approached him and started beating him.
The video shows the victim trying to get away, but stumbles and the mob starts attacking him again. The victim was finally able to run into a nearby wine bar for help.
Coworkers of the victims say he is still in the hospital after having surgery on his jaw. They also say they are now taking extra steps to be safe. "A girl at my work got robbed right before that, we think, by the same people. So she's been staying at my house just because it's not safe for her to be by herself. But our managers are making sure that nobody's walking to the garage anymore. So they're driving us to our cars from now on," coworker Jackie Quattrochi said.
#4 Drug abuse is rising all over the country, and the results are often deeply tragic. In Memphis, Tennessee one mother recently stabbed her two little boys to death because "voices told her to do it"...
A mother charged with fatally stabbing her two young sons told police she is schizophrenic and that voices told her to do it, court records show.
Jamina Briggs, 29, also told officers who arrived at her home on Wednesday night that she was sorry about the stabbings, according to an affidavit of complaint.
Officers arrested Briggs after they found the boys, 6-year-old Nicholas Briggs and 23-month-old Jeremiah Briggs, lying face down on a couch with multiple stab wounds. The boys died at a hospital.
#5 One man from Staten Island was recently charged with trying to sell his 2-month-old baby on Craigslist because he didn't want her anymore...
A Staten Island man is accused of trying to sell a 2-month-old baby on Craigslist.
Paul Marquez, 23, posted an ad on the website twice late last month, offering a baby for sale for $100, law enforcement sources said.
The ad read, “I have a 2-month-old baby, she loves to play and have her little fun, but there’s one problem, doctors say she has asthma and if she turns a certain way she can stop breathing. She’s really getting on my nerves and I don’t want her,” WCBS 880′s Irene Cornell reported.
#6 You wouldn't normally think of Fairfax, Virginia as a hotbed of violent crime, but a vicious mob attack was filmed there recently...
A wild assault in Fairfax, Virginia, was recently caught on video. The incident, dubbed by WJLA-TV as a “savage” and “mob-style attack,” included at least six individuals brutally punching and kicking one person (presumably a teenager or a young man).
The brawl was recorded by a local resident named Jack Webb. He had installed a security camera in an effort to nab the individuals who have been breaking into his work van, but, instead, he ended up capturing the incident — one that has residents and authorities, alike, deeply troubled.
The victim is seen in the video being stomped on and repeatedly beaten. The incident was so severe, Webb said, that it looked like the individual being attacked “wasn’t going to be getting up again.”
#7 Even young schoolchildren are going absolutely crazy these days. Just check out what happened on one school bus in Pinellas County, Florida last month...
A cell-phone video captures the 13-year-old boy’s screams for help as he’s pummeled with fists and kicked by three bigger, older youths who “ganged up” on him as he was about to get off at his bus stop.
The black teens beat the white sixth-grader for roughly a minute before opening the emergency-exit door and fleeing the bus.
As the relentless assault unfolds, the bus driver John Moody yells at the teens to leave the boy alone. He also asks dispatchers to send help.
“You gotta get somebody here quick, quick, quick, quick,” he urged. “They’re about to beat this boy to death over here.”
#8 And of course this moral decay is not just limited to the cities. What two men up in northern California did recently to one very young girl is absolutely horrifying...
Two Northern California men made brief appearances in federal court Wednesday in what began as another big pot-growing drug bust but what has become a horrifying story of one teenager's alleged torment, captivity and sexual abuse.
The criminal complaint against the two men -- Ryan Balletto, 30, and Patrick Pearmain, 24 -- outlines the allegations of a 15-year-old girl's ordeal of being held in a coffin-like box for hours on end at a marijuana-growing "farm" where she worked trimming plants.
Detroit police are wondering if they have a serial attacker on their hands after a third woman’s burned body was found on the west side.
Is a serial killer hunting women in Detroit? At this point police are not sure what to think...
Police say it’s the third case in recent weeks where a woman has been set on fire and left for dead. However, investigators aren’t yet sure if the cases are connected. In late July, two women were found just miles apart in vacant fields – both severely beaten and without any clothing.
#10 If you are the victim of a crime in Detroit, it may not even be safe to call the police. In some instances, they are actually the criminals...
A Good Samaritan snapped photos of what appeared to be two men impersonating police officers involved in a pistol-whipping and robbery outside a Citgo gas station on Detroit's east side on July 21.
Once Fox 2 aired those photos, an even more disturbing picture developed.
"Several unidentified police officers were working this particular robbery case, recognized one of the suspects in the photographs as being a member of the Detroit Police Department," Chief James Craig said Monday.
#11 In this day and age, the hearts of most people are growing cold. In fact, many parents don't even seem to care for their own children anymore. Just check out what recently happened in Live Oak, Texas...
Police said a young child found was in a garbage bin and his mother was arrested for child abandonment. Police also said the mother was high on synthetic marijuana.
It happened Tuesday night in the 200 block of Shin Oak in Live Oak.
Sgt. Anita Seamans said the woman,identified as 21-year-old Brittany Ciccotti, was arrested and charged with abandoning a child, a second degree felony.
"She has put him in a garbage can in the driveway of a home and by the grace of God, the child made enough noise in this can and somebody found him," said Sgt. Seamans.
All of these examples show that the thin veneer of civilization that we all take for granted is rapidly breaking down.
This is what happens when we throw morality out the window and we don't teach our kids right from wrong.
And all over the country police departments are finding themselves overwhelmed right now. Due to budget cuts, many police forces are actually getting smaller at the same time that crime rates are surging.
So what can be done?
Well, in Boston they are actually setting up cardboard cutouts of police officers in an attempt to deter crime.
Does anyone believe that will actually help?
Even though communities all over America now feel under siege by the growing wave of crime and violence that we have been witnessing, the truth is that this is only just the beginning. When the next major economic downturn strikes things are going to get much worse.
The seeds that we have been planting for decades are now springing to life, and America is about to reap a very bitter harvest.
I hope that you are getting prepared.