Crime is going down?
That is a subtle, side-stepping of the issue, a half-truth, that in any case is irrelevant.
What you omit to mention is that these articles are about violent crimes, emphasis "violent" crimes, in certain locations and that these have been going down for years -- ever since the mid 90s, and are continuing to do so, independent of any recession.
That has absolutely nothing to do with whether overall criminal activity, especially quality of life crimes, goes up or down during an economic collapse, now or in the past.
Scientists who study crime rate will all tell you that there are two types of statistics about crimes. There are figures relating to violent crimes, especially homicides, and to a lesser extend assaults with injuries and rapes. Then there are statistics relating to quality of life crimes.
Police cannot manipulate statistics dealing with violent crimes because those come to the attention of people outside the precinct -- hospital workers, district attorneys, the neighbors, etc.
The other kind of statistic relates to quality of life crimes, theft, property damage, prostitution, etc. There are no accurate statements about that kind of crime -- everything is manipulated.
Quality of life crimes are subject to police manipulation. Always. The police shape the figures they turn over depending on what message their administration wants to deliver.
Rapes become sexual assaults. Sexual assaults become domestic disputes. Felony taking by force becomes petite larceny, etc.
Every single time police get investigated for this type manipulation, they get caught -- the precinct captain's job is on the line if he does not deliver the figures downtown wants, at the moment.
If the government wants more money to buy armored vehicles for the police, "Survey says, 'Crime as going up!'"
If the current administration wants draconian law enforcement, perhaps making poor people go hungry if they smoke a joint, "Survey says, 'Crime is going up!'"
If it is re-election time, then every administration makes a 180, Now it wants to say it has helped win the war on crime, so, "Survey says, 'Crime is going down!'"
It is a sick joke to say that divorce is going down in a bad economy. Of course it is going down. Who can afford to start living separately when you can't afford food and rent when you share the expenses? People stay together because they can't afford the expense of splitting.
Alcohol abuse going down? Yes, people cut out what they can't afford when they have no paycheck. Duh!
Personally, I always liked George Orwell's position: If government can't (or won't, more like) deal with poverty, then it should provide the poor with cigarettes and liquor. Their lives are miserable enough as it is, They deserve their small pleasures.
If it were up to me, I would throw in a marijuana allotment and call it medicinal -- "Toke on this, buddy, and listen to some tunes. Maybe tomorrow something will open up."
In any case, your facts are flawed, but even if they weren't, what's your point? The recession has ruined lives, but that is good because there is less crime?
Do you really believe that a recession that has impoverished a great segment of this society to the benefit of the very few is good because there is less crime?
How does that speak to the overall quality of our lives -- we are completely broke, we have no hope, our children will have no jobs, but at least we won't get murdered as often when we go out to beg?
Where are you going with this thought?