I've always kind of felt that way too, but not necessarily about "other parts of the country" like you said. I was raised, and currently live, in a tiny town (about 200 people) out in the country. I always felt like things were more dangerous in "the city" rather than a specific area of the country. But what you said made me think about that... I lived in "the city" (actually Louisville or Lexington, so not HUGE ones) for close to a decade. I never had my house broken into, was never robbed or assaulted or anything like that while I was living in anything that qualifies as a city. That only happens where I am now. My tiny town with one caution-light, one mini-mart and the Post Office in a double-wide. Yet I still "feel" safer here... I guess that is due to familiarity. But "crap" can happen anywhere at any time. We just tend to not make as big of a deal about it when it's local. Anything really bad that happens seems to happen "somewhere" else to "someone" else. But "crap" happens here, too.