Study: 8 in 10 vic­tims of crime

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Eight out of 10 res­i­dents of cen­tral Athens claim to have fallen vic­tim to a mug­ging, theft or bur­glary, ac­cord­ing to the re­sults of a study car­ried out by the Univer­sity of Athens and Pan­teio Univer­sity.

The find­ings co­in­cide with a wave of vi­o­lent crime in the cap­i­tal which peaked on May 10 with the fa­tal stab­bing of a 44-year-old man who had been pre­par­ing to drive his preg­nant wife to the hos­pi­tal. The two Afghan men charged with his mur­der are to face an in­ves­ti­gat­ing mag­is­trate on Wed­nes­day. They claim that a third man – a Pak­istani who re­mains at large – played the lead­ing role in the at­tack but al­legedly have ad­mit­ted to sell­ing the vic­tim’s video cam­era at a street mar­ket for 120 eu­ros.

A spike in such bru­tal mug­gings is fu­el­ing un­ease in cen­tral Athens, ac­cord­ing to the sur­vey which said that 75.7 per­cent of city dwellers claimed to be liv­ing in fear while 85.1 per­cent said they had been the vic­tim of at least one crime. Seven out of 10 of those polled claimed to have re­ported crimes in their area to their lo­cal po­lice precinct but to have re­ceived no fol­low-up. De­spite their con­cerns, how­ever, 73.4 per­cent of re­spon­dents said that the use of a weapon was not an ap­pro­pri­ate re­sponse while just over half (52.9 per­cent) said they dis­agreed with the idea of tak­ing the law into one’s own hands.

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