How Dangerous Is the World?

Author: PeopleFinders on May 19th, 2020
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Every time you check the news, you probably expect to see another horror story. It could be about an act of violence, an international incident, or someone preying upon children. If you were to just read the news–without any other sources of information–it would be easy to believe that you’re in constant danger.

Of course, the news is sensational. So, it only reports on incidents that’ll draw-in viewers. But is the world really as dangerous as the news makes it seem? Here are the real answers.

Crime Rates Are Low

If you watch the news every day, you notice a steady stream of people being assaulted, stolen from, or otherwise victimized. Exciting news, certainly. But it doesn’t really reflect the data.

In fact, crime is at a very low rate right now, especially when compared to the last 10 years. In 2017, property crime was at an all-time low, and violent crime over the past six years has been trending downward. Things get even more reassuring when you actually look at the numbers.

The 2017 rate of all violent crime was just under 0.4%. This means that, in reality, you’re extremely unlikely to ever be involved in a violent offense. Those numbers get even lower when separated into individual crimes. Although murder tends to be a topic that news sites constantly talk about, in 2017, only about 0.005% of the population was the victim of a homicide. That’s minuscule, and it should set many fears to rest.

Not Everyone Is Out to Hurt You

Bad news can easily make you feel like you can’t trust anyone, and like everyone just wants something from you. After all, if there are so many bad things happening right now, surely it just means that people are inherently bad, right?

Not necessarily. In fact, you may be surprised how much good news is out there. For example, 2017 was the very first year on record in which donations to U.S. charities exceeded $400 billion. Science, technology, and other important advances are booming, making the world a better place in which to live. It can be tempting to take a very critical view of other people in the world. But the truth is, most people are good at their core.

You Have More Options to Protect Yourself

People defend themselves in a variety of ways, but defense isn’t always just physical. Especially in today’s age, it’s likely that you’ll end up interacting with strangers frequently. Many of these strangers will just be passing, like the cashier at the supermarket or the barista at your local coffee shop. However, if you’re meeting up with a stranger to buy an item secondhand, or you’re going to get coffee with an online hookup, you want to know a little bit more about that person. Knowledge is power, and PeopleFinders is here to help you gain that knowledge.

It’s all about providing you with information, and all the information you need is at your fingertips. You can use this site to perform a background check on millions of adults across the United States. You can try and see if anyone you know has a criminal record, or look up a phone number that seems a little sketchy. Even better, you can use the PeopleFinders blog to discover more ways to use these tools, making it quick and easy to get more info on the people in your life.


The world can be a scary place. When so many different things are happening–and bad news is plastered everywhere–it can be hard to find hope. The truth is that many societal indications of violence and selfishness are getting better. With useful tools such as PeopleFinders available to help you make your life even safer, it’s easy to find the truth. Sure, news sites may want you to pay attention to the bad, but the world is full of good!

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