In his essay (and blog) about his experiences surviving the economic and social collapse in Argentina, FarFel says that those with a small piece of land (on which to grow food or raise animals) and neighbors close by (for "group" protection) fared the best, i.e. those in the suburbs.
An article in yesterday's Portland Press Herald states that burgularies are on the rise here ... in Maine, of all places! The areas being hardest hit are described as "rural homes" specifically houses "separated from neighbors by woods that help conceal the crimes."
In the cities, police have noted no increase in home burgularies, but robberies (stealing from a person) seem to be on the rise.
Authorities are attributing this increase in crime to the hard times.
I think it's incredibly sad that when times get bad, some people decide it's okay to just take from others.