I have always been a small town - rural life person. My skill set involves situational awareness for environmental hazards such as hypothermia avoidance, staying "found", and the myriad of ways the natural environment tries to kill you. However it seems that our small town is being invaded by urbanites. I'm in my 40s so maybe it's my perception - but I have good reason to think it is not just me getting older. A) A local police officer told my young scouts in a presentation that in our small city our police force had to go from a part-time drug officer to two full-time positions in the course of a few years. B) I am noticing people on sidewalks that don't seem to be from around here. I'm not basing this judgement on the color of skin but on their clothing and style choices. They look like they come from big-city streets. Only recently have our industries begun hiring - so maybe, maybe they are coming here for the work. But . . . I don't know. C) There was a murder a few blocks away from my house. The police put up tape and had squads watching the house round-the-clock. There must have been some evidence there that was rather important. They don't do that for the typical domestic violence murder. D) That same house had been using a red front-porch light. Up until the murder, I would drive by and chuckle to myself and wonder if the people were just naïve and didn't know what red-light district was. After the murder I have to wonder if the people knew exactly what the red light meant and that was precisely why it was on. E) While cleaning my garage, I had an encounter with a guy walking down the sidewalk. I looked up and greeted him with, "How's it going?" He strutted a little further before turning around and very cockily told me, "Fine! And we're going to keep it that way!" F) My brother - living a couple miles outside another small town had an encounter where an criminal thought to be armed and dangerous was chased onto his property by the sheriff's deputies. They caught the guy but told my brother they had reason to believe the guy was armed. When they caught him they did not find the firearm on his person nor in his vehicle. So they cautioned my brother that the weapon could be on his property. G) My son was bicycling on a bike trail (decked out in road-racing gear) and was run off the trail deliberately by some tattooed dude smoking a dooby and riding a power-assisted bike. All this has happened within the last 2 years. Am I crazy? Have times changed? If I'm not crazy, what to do about it: I could potentially move to another small town, or perhaps move just out of town. However, I get the impression that this is a dynamic that might be widespread. Is this happening in small towns across the U.S.? Can it be escaped? Or maybe running from the problem is not the answer. . .