Step outside your home and count two houses to your left. Between you and your four neighbors, chances are that at least one of the five households will experience a break-in... Every year, there are over 8,000 home invasions in North America.
There's probably nothing more terrifying than a home invasion.
That's precisely what happened in the summer of 2011 during the riots in London, England.
'The British are now in great fear of their own arrogant, knife-wielding children,' said one British commentator in the British press.
A peaceful protest turned violent on August 6, and for four nights, riots spread across London and to other cities in England. Police efforts to bring the riots under control were ineffective.
While a police shooting of a young man was the spark that ignited the lawlessness, it was the amorality of the rioters that fueled the chaos for days.
Now that emergency calls go to the county Sheriff's department instead, response time is up from a prompt 3 minutes to a lengthy quarter of an hour.
• In July, the town of Alto, Texas furloughed its entire police department for at least six months due to budget cuts.
Because not only do criminals violate what should be your sanctuary from the world and walk away with your valuables, they also brazenly commit assault and rape while they are in your home. For the first time in history, the federal government had its creditworthiness downgraded because spending and borrowing is out of control. In July of 2011, for instance, the state of Minnesota shut down for three weeks because lawmakers couldn't agree on a solution to that state's budget crisis.
Six out of every ten rapes occurs during a home invasion, as do almost four out of every ten assaults. Now that the economy has tanked, police departments across the country report home invasions, burglaries, and robberies are up even more. And although it's a case of too little, too late, cuts in federal programs are having reverberations all the way down to the local level. Illinois, Connecticut, California, New Jersey, and New York are also in extremely bad shape—and they're looking to cut wherever they can.
Only three people out of ten believe that there are absolute moral truths.
That means seven out of ten people will act on their feelings – or fears – at any given moment.