Athens Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis and Citizen Protection Minister Takis Theodorikakos met with senior police officials on Monday to discuss Athens’ rising crime rate. The meeting came a month after Bakoyannis publicly called for a discussion with Theodorikakos about crime in the Greek capital, stressing “we have a problem”.
During Monday’s meeting, Bakoyannis presented the “Athens crime black map”, with 11 areas in Athens where an increase in crime has been recorded.
Sources from the Municipality of Athens noted that a thorough investigation has been carried out into the crime, while noting that local authorities have received hundreds of complaints and lawsuits from citizens.
“By gathering all the information for a long time, we not only know the areas but also the specific streets and squares where there is a bigger problem,” the same sources noted, while pointing out that the crime map also contains information on the type of crimes recorded in different regions.
Bakoyannis also raised the issue of changing the model of policing in the city, involving the presence of officers in all neighborhoods in order to instill a sense of security in citizens on the one hand and to act as a deterrent to potential offenders.
He also focused particularly on the scourge of petty crimes.
For his part, Theodorikakos noted that the common goal is to fight “crime and delinquency, with emphasis on combating illegal immigration and drug trafficking.”
Specifically, ministry data showed that from March to Monday, 1,000 illegal migrants were arrested and taken to pre-departure centres.
In comments to Kathimerini, Theodorikakos underlined that the city’s police forces will be strengthened, where possible, while also expressing full agreement to numerically strengthen the power of the municipal police in Athens. He added that the municipal police should be given “more responsibilities”.