Part of the problem with news reports is that people get ideas and then start with "copycat" crimes.
The scary thing is that some of these "me too" creeps pop-up where you least expect them. Just after the Washington sniper incident a while back, there was a news report of a sniper prowling a small town (I forget which) in West Virginia, with all the locals shaking their heads in disbelief and saying "This sort of thing just doesn't happen here."
A burglar, breaking into your house can cut himself on the same window he broke, and sue you
The same in Britain, unfortunately. Worse yet, if you confront a burglar you find in your home and defend yourself, when the police eventually turn up, they are just as likely to arrest you
for hitting the poor "innocent" intruder.
Is this sort of nonsense going on everywhere, or is it confined mostly to English-speaking countries? Maybe we just don't hear of similar stories from elsewhere.