Skip to comments.Greeks confront crime wave amid austerity
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."
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Send Phoenix Jones and his merry band of superheroes over there to take care of the problem!
Lol, who is Phoenix Jones?
Coming to a city near you within the next six months.
Nice headline, implying that crime comes with austerity.
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..
>Now Greeks are facing a rise in crime their police seem unable to stop.<
Issue CHL to law-abiding citizens and watch the crime rate drop and funeral homes increase business.
He’s a superhero that patrols the mean streets of Seattle.
Superheros in cities across the US are gaining some popularity.
“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.
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:
They need Sheriff Arpaio to setup a tent city for those illegal aliens.
Maybe longer than that but, it's coming...no way around it.
Yes, I hate how they use the euphamism ‘austerity’ when it is in fact the result of overspending.
“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.
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.
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.
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