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Greeks confront crime wave amid austerity
BBC ^ | 16 August 2012 | Chloe Hadjimatheou

Posted on 08/24/2012 12:49:29 PM PDT by Lorianne

Greece's faltering economy has put many people out of work and cut support for illegal immigrants. Now Greeks are facing a rise in crime their police seem unable to stop.

It probably never occurred to Niki Yanakopoulou that she might be in danger as she let herself into her central Athens apartment building in the middle of the day.

The 75-year-old had just been to the bank and police say the man who followed her home most likely chose her at random, hoping she would be carrying her pension.

He entered the building behind her and hit her on the back of the head with a metal pipe before stealing her purse.

Her son found her lying in a pool of blood in the hallway outside her flat but by then it was too late to save her life.

"She was old and very thin; it would have been easy to snatch her bag without using much force, there was no need to kill her," her daughter Zoe says.

Stories like these are becoming more common in a country which just a few years ago prided itself on having one of the lowest crime rates in the European Union.

According to statistics from Greek police, burglaries increased by almost 50% in the last year, but the official national figures show just 604 domestic break-ins for 2012 - a level that would seem low for even the most law-abiding nation.

Criminologist Stratos Georgoulas, from the University of the Aegean, says it is unlikely these recorded statistics show the full picture.

"There is something we call the 'dark number' which describes unrecorded crime and this figure tends to be far higher than the official statistics."

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: eu; greece

1 posted on 08/24/2012 12:49:43 PM PDT by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne

Send Phoenix Jones and his merry band of superheroes over there to take care of the problem!


2 posted on 08/24/2012 12:57:34 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Lol, who is Phoenix Jones?


3 posted on 08/24/2012 12:59:05 PM PDT by MAKOTHEDOG
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To: Lorianne

Coming to a city near you within the next six months.


4 posted on 08/24/2012 1:01:19 PM PDT by Publius (Leadershiup starts with getting off the couch.)
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To: Lorianne

Nice headline, implying that crime comes with austerity.


5 posted on 08/24/2012 1:01:59 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Lorianne

This is happening already in the major cities, with or without 4 more years of Oblamo.. Wait until Nov. 7th, and get back to me.. Burn Baby Burn..


6 posted on 08/24/2012 1:02:19 PM PDT by carlo3b (Less Government, more Fiber..)
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To: 1rudeboy
Nice headline, implying that crime comes with austerity.

DUH!

7 posted on 08/24/2012 1:05:26 PM PDT by carlo3b (Less Government, more Fiber..)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
That should do it
8 posted on 08/24/2012 1:05:39 PM PDT by MAKOTHEDOG
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To: Lorianne
The Greeks need a quick primer on how to set up community vigilance committees. It's surprising how quickly law and order are reestablished once a few violent criminals are hanged.


9 posted on 08/24/2012 1:05:39 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: Lorianne

>Now Greeks are facing a rise in crime their police seem unable to stop.<

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Issue CHL to law-abiding citizens and watch the crime rate drop and funeral homes increase business.


10 posted on 08/24/2012 1:08:09 PM PDT by 353FMG (The US Constitution is only as good as those who enforce it.)
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To: MAKOTHEDOG

He’s a superhero that patrols the mean streets of Seattle.
http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/real-life-superhero-walks-streets-fighting-crime/nDRRf/

Superheros in cities across the US are gaining some popularity.
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/evildoers_nyc_own_superheroes_beware_C07qjscAB2eh34P1CsUOCO#ixzz0kz45tGWj

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1176031/Self-proclaimed-superhero-Shadow-Hare-declares-war-crime-—5ft-7ins-tall-need-little-help.html


11 posted on 08/24/2012 1:16:51 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Lorianne

“Austerity” did not cause the crime wave. Overspending did. “Austerity” simply means that they are now living within their means. It woudl be as if you spend a year or two using credit cards to supplement your income, then when the credit card companies pulled the cards because you weren’t paying them, you started to steal to keep living the good life. This is yet another example of how living above ones means is a corrupting influence — a moral sin. People want things and don’t want to pay for them.


12 posted on 08/24/2012 1:49:19 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Lorianne

The lives of millions of innocents are not nearly as important as Obama’s reelection efforts, so the Greeks will just have to wait for any sort of bailout or other solution:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/obama-asks-eurozone-to-keep-greece-in-until-after-election-day-8076852.html


13 posted on 08/24/2012 1:50:55 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Lorianne

They need Sheriff Arpaio to setup a tent city for those illegal aliens.


14 posted on 08/24/2012 1:59:14 PM PDT by donna (The fruits of Feminism: Angry fathers, bitter mothers, fat kids and political correctness.)
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To: Publius
"Coming to a city near you within the next six months. "

Maybe longer than that but, it's coming...no way around it.

Prepare now.

15 posted on 08/24/2012 2:18:56 PM PDT by blam
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To: 1rudeboy

Yes, I hate how they use the euphamism ‘austerity’ when it is in fact the result of overspending.


16 posted on 08/24/2012 2:59:18 PM PDT by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: Publius

“Coming to a city near you within the next six months.”

Not my town, Publius. Had a similar incident where a couple of Holder’s “peeples” followed an apartment dweller back home, they broke in and he shot them both between the eyeballs. The sheriff complimented him on his good shooting.

If you need a new city to live in, jump on in. The fried catfish, grits and hush puppies are fine.


17 posted on 08/24/2012 3:02:45 PM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: Lorianne
"Stories like these are becoming more common in a country which just a few years ago prided itself on having one of the lowest crime rates in the European Union."

That was before the government employed/connected were unemployed.


18 posted on 08/24/2012 3:12:57 PM PDT by familyop ("Wanna cigarette? You're never too young to start." --Deacon, "Waterworld")
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To: blam

My take is that there is going to be a huge financial hiccup at the beginning of the fiscal year on October 1, something like the hiccup we had four years ago. There is a 50% chance they can hold off the worst until after the inauguration. But that means there is a 50% chance that it will all hit the fan in October. If that happens, be ready for the worst, and that includes martial law and the “postponement” of the election.


19 posted on 08/24/2012 4:18:14 PM PDT by Publius (Leadershiup starts with getting off the couch.)
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To: sergeantdave

That’s a kind offer, but I moved from Seattle to a small fishing village on the coast of Georgia last year for precisely that reason. I picked this town because of the ease of securing the perimeter. A machine gun nest on the top floor of my condo complex has a field of fire — and a final protective line — that is large enough to secure the entire town. I’m ready.


20 posted on 08/24/2012 4:22:42 PM PDT by Publius (Leadershiup starts with getting off the couch.)
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To: Lorianne

Last week I was loading groceries into my truck at a shopping center. Several young men came running through the parking lot holding bottles.

I thought it was odd that they were running.

One of them approached me and said that they had designer colognes at deep discounts for sale. He asked me what I wore and tried to push the bottle under my nose.

I told him, “I don’t wear cologne. GO AWAY.”

He ran off.

Later I found out that they had ether in the bottles. After the victim gets woozy, the perps steal wallets and purses.

Watch your Six.


21 posted on 08/24/2012 4:36:06 PM PDT by darth
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Send this guy instead esp. since he is greek.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTTxQdt5NGQ


22 posted on 08/24/2012 5:21:24 PM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: Publius

Looks like your set, Publius. If you need a few 1,200-pound, 10-foot gators for your moat, drop me an e-mail.

Cheers


23 posted on 08/24/2012 5:35:03 PM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: sergeantdave

Gators? Already have them. That’s part of the final protective line.


24 posted on 08/24/2012 5:37:14 PM PDT by Publius (Leadershiup starts with getting off the couch.)
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To: Publius

http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/6793221-giant-900pound-gator-caught-by-a-woman-in-south-carolina-video

If you need more, we have bigger ones.


25 posted on 08/24/2012 5:46:20 PM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: Publius
"...be ready for the worst, and that includes martial law and the “postponement” of the election."

Thanks.

I'm about as ready as anyone can be.

26 posted on 08/24/2012 6:32:35 PM PDT by blam
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