While there, there was a husband and wife who were both in ICU the same time as me who had been the victims of a particularly brutal home invasion. Obviously, being another patient, I didn't get a lot of details, but they had both been beaten so badly that it was by no means a sure thing that either of them would survive.
Once upon a time, a person who was robbing you wanted simply to put some fear into you to make you compliant, take what they came for, then leave as quickly as possible. Basically, it was business for them. Not that people didn't get hurt, but it was usually a means to an end. Somebody might get a whack or two, but that was usually it; serious violence for its own sake was fairly rare. People were taught simply to give the offender what they wanted, then call the police after they'd left.
Now, though, the violence has been ramped-up to the point where bad things are happening even to those who give their attackers little or no reason to punish them. Violent crime is, quite simply, on its way to becoming a part of everyday life as society edges toward collapse and cracks begin to become more and more apparent in its thin veneer of civility.