It's hard to say. I believe it is rising but without access to the data we will never know. I believe this is one area where our trusted (haha) officials lie to us about the numbers. I have seen recent reports where the crime rate is dropping but it sure does not seem that way. Maybe I am wrong, it is hard to tell. I think the chance of being murdered is is greater than 10 years ago. As the nations morals decline, the greater the chance.