Here’s an interesting article on how pickpocketing is disappearing as it’s something that takes skill and practice and today’s criminals are too lazy and stupid for it. I’m not sure how concerned to get in the declining quality of criminals. It means we’ll never actually see supercriminals as criminals aren’t going to engage in anything more complicated than hitting someone over the head and grabbing money. They’re probably even too lazy to put on clown makeup before a crime.
I think it’s just too easy to make a living doing legal things these days. In the least, you might as well just get welfare instead of directly robbing people and it takes even less effort. If making a living were a bit harder, then you might have smarter people turn to crime and rob banks with freeze rays and themed henchman. So that’s a side-effect of prosperity — really really dumb lazy criminals. It’s hardly even worth Batman’s time. I mean, billions in gadgets and all he ever runs into are a couple stupid thugs who only require a punch to the face.
Oh, I hope out of boredom he doesn’t turn to crime!