February 5, 2023

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EL.AS: significant reduction in crime in 2022


Indicators crime 2022 show a significant decline compared to pre-coronavirus period (2015-2019), according to a report released by the Greek police EL.AS.

A particularly noticeable decrease:
  • The number of thefts and burglaries decreased by 12.12% in 2022 compared to the average for the period 2015-2019.
  • Motor vehicle thefts decreased by 30.48% in 2022 compared to the 2015-2019 average.
  • In 2022, the number of robberies decreased by 35.69% compared to the 2015-2019 average.

At the same time, 2022 represents the lowest number of homicides since 2011 and the highest percentage of investigations. In particular, 79 murders were committed last year, and the percentage of investigations (for the same and previous years) reached 88.61%.

As for inspections of the implementation of anti-tobacco legislation, in 2022 there were 523,400 of them, 6133 violations were confirmed. Domestic violence was reported in 11,476 incidents. Of these, 3279 are under the jurisdiction of 18 domestic violence departments. Also in the field of animal welfare, 4999 inspections were carried out, 1717 cases were initiated, 308 arrests were made and 1953 fines were confirmed for a total of 3,251,265 euros.

Theodorikakos: “We do not calm down”

Minister for the Protection of Citizens, Takis Theodorikakos, on the occasion of the announcement of statistics for 2022, said:“The official figures announced by the Greek police some time ago concern the life of every person. They prove that security on our country’s borders today is powerful, dealing with illegal immigration very effectively. And at the same time, safety in the neighborhoods is steadily improving, with a significant 25% decrease in crime compared to the period 2015-2019, with the lowest number of murders in the last 11 years, despite the fact that cases of domestic violence are increasing. We are by no means complacent.”.

Mr. Theodorikakos also noted: “We continue to work systematically. We will continue to work systematically, with plan and determination. Thanks to the hard work of our police officers, who are constantly strengthening their presence in the regions, we protect the lives and property of citizens. Because their security is a prerequisite for prosperity, and therefore our daily responsibility, with work and measurable results.”.

On the picture armed robbery of a supermarketcaptured by CCTV


Judging by the reports of the police leadership, immediately after the elections, the criminal situation improved dramatically. One thing is not clear, do these reports relate personally to the courtyard where the minister lives or to the whole of Greece? Since, judging by the crime reports, as well as the statements of independent media and journalists specializing in crime, the crime situation in Greece has deteriorated sharply.
The situation is similar with the reports of ministers regarding the growth of the standard of living of the population. No, of course, no one doubts that the standard of living of ministers and personally Kyriakos Mitsotakis has grown significantly over the past 3 years, but why extrapolate this to the entire population of Greece, which has decreased by a million people due to such a sharp increase in living standards.

We have already written about the fact that senior government officials clearly live in a different world, not perceiving the reality around them. But after their reports, I just want to say: gentlemen, it’s better to be silent. So you will be less annoying to your electorate.

PS One thing we can be sure that the data is correct is with respect to “animal welfare”, since the amount of fines is indicated in the report. It doesn’t matter that the streets are filled with homeless animals and municipalities openly refuse to run neuter programs. The main thing is that if someone offended a cat or a dog, he will be fined the amount of his income for 10 years and put in prison for many years. The system of punishments is more severe than for a similar action against a person.



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