Indeed...this is a clear indicator of dwindling economy contrary to the government official lines.
We know for certain that during properous times, crime rate is kept at a manageable level.
Improve on the economy and you will see crime rate dwindle. It is as easy as that.
However...we are quite skeptical of this outcome because we can see clearly the government does not know how to manage the economy. All they do is run headlines in the newspaper saying that the economy has never had it so good.
Who are they trying to fool?