This is a great article from the New York Times about the reduction in car theft over the past twenty years.
In 1990, the city had 147,000 reported auto thefts, one for every 50 residents; last year, there were just 7,400, or one per 1,100. That’s a 96 percent drop in the rate of car theft.
Many types of crime are at an all time low around the world yet fear of crime is at an all time high. Seems like a bit of a paradox.