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Greece

Greece Crime Stats

Author: chris.lockyer781

Author: chris.lockyer781

Generally speaking, Greek criminal justice system does not deal with a significant amount of crime, based on its population size. In 2002, 102,783 crimes were reported in Greece, which equals to 9.35 crimes per 1,000 citizens. This is a pretty high amount of crimes for a country of 10.8 million. However, Greece used to be and still is a pretty safe country. Greeks are not too violent and statistics prove the same. There is less than one prisoner per 1,000 citizens. There are few car thefts (0.772 car thefts per 100 citizens), manslaughters (1.73 per 1 million citizens), rapes (218 in total) and violent crimes (1.55 violent crime per 100,000 people).

The “favorite” Greek crime is illicit drugs. Greece is used as a drug entry route to the European Union and the Western world. Even if illicit drugs’ problem is found in Greece, the major source of criminal activity is illegal immigration in Greece. Human traffickers have brought millions of illegal immigrants from third world countries. People from many countries including India, Afghanistan and Egypt live illegally in Greece, without proper jobs or housing. Illegal immigrants have to earn their living in difficult conditions and many of them turn to drug dealing as a solution. This is why 42.4% of people in Greek prisons are from foreign countries.

There are a considerable number of police officers (376.4 police officer per 100,000 citizens). But Greeks don’t seem to trust police because of frequent corruption scandals and slow response times to act quickly and decisively. In fact, an estimated 9.8 % of Greek senior managers admitted that corruption is a major business constraint for them.

Definitions

  • Assault rate: Number of assaults recorded by police per 100,000 population
  • Assaults: Number of assaults recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • Burglaries: Number of burglaries recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • Car thefts: Total recorded automobile thefts. Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Drug offences: Drug offence cases per 100,000 population (2000).
  • Illicit drugs: Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Murder rate: Homicide rate per year per 100,000 inhabitants in various countries.
  • Police officers: Number of police officers per 100,000 population.
  • Prisoners: Total persons incarcerated
  • Prisoners > Per capita: Data for 2003. Number of prisoners held per 100,000 population.
  • Rape rate: Number of rape incidents per 100,000 citizens in different countries. Figures do not take into account rape incidents that go unreported to the police.
  • Rapes: Number of sexual assaults recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • Robberies: Number of robberies recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • Software piracy rate: The piracy rate is the total number of units of pirated software deployed in 2007 divided by the total units of software installed.
  • Total crimes: Note: Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
STAT AMOUNT DATE RANK HISTORY
Assault rate 66.7 2011 51st out of 93
Assaults 66.7 2006 37th out of 66
Burglaries 292.3 2006 25th out of 55
Car thefts 8,486 2002 30th out of 73
Drug offences 33.3 per 100,000 people 2000 55th out of 60
Illicit drugs a gateway to Europe for traffickers smuggling cannabis and heroin from the Middle East and Southwest Asia to the West and precursor chemicals to the East; some South American cocaine transits or is consumed in Greece; money laundering related to drug trafficking and organized crime 2011
Murder rate 1.05 2008
Police officers 376.4% 2006 11th out of 31
Prisoners 8,841 prisoners 2002 71st out of 168
Prisoners > Per capita 83 per 100,000 people 2003 103th out of 164
Rape rate 2 2008 44th out of 51
Rapes 218 2008 31st out of 51
Robberies 23.4 2006 51st out of 71
Software piracy rate 58% 2007 59th out of 106
Total crimes 102,783 2002 44th out of 82

SOURCES: European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control International Statistics on Crime and Justice, 2011; European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control International Statistics on Crime and Justice, 2011; The Eighth United Nations Survey on Crime Trends and the Operations of Criminal Justice Systems (2002) (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Centre for International Crime Prevention); The Eighth United Nations Survey on Crime Trends and the Operations of Criminal Justice Systems (2002) (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Centre for International Crime Prevention); CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011; International Centre for Prison Studies - World Prison Brief; UN Crime Stats; Fifth Annual BSA and IDC Global Software Piracy Study

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"Greece Crime Stats", NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/profiles/Greece/Crime

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Generally speaking, Greek criminal justice system does not deal with a significant amount of crime, based on its population size. In 2002, 102,783 crimes were reported in Greece, which equals to 9.35 crimes per 1,000 citizens. This is a pretty high amount of crimes for a country of 10.8 million. However, Greece used to be and still is a pretty safe country. Greeks are not too violent and statistics prove the same. There is less than one prisoner per 1,000 citizens. There are few car thefts (0.772 car thefts per 100 citizens), manslaughters (1.73 per 1 million citizens), rapes (218 in total) and violent crimes (1.55 violent crime per 100,000 people).

The “favorite” Greek crime is illicit drugs. Greece is used as a drug entry route to the European Union and the Western world. Even if illicit drugs’ problem is found in Greece, the major source of criminal activity is illegal immigration in Greece. Human traffickers have brought millions of illegal immigrants from third world countries. People from many countries including India, Afghanistan and Egypt live illegally in Greece, without proper jobs or housing. Illegal immigrants have to earn their living in difficult conditions and many of them turn to drug dealing as a solution. This is why 42.4% of people in Greek prisons are from foreign countries.

There are a considerable number of police officers (376.4 police officer per 100,000 citizens). But Greeks don’t seem to trust police because of frequent corruption scandals and slow response times to act quickly and decisively. In fact, an estimated 9.8 % of Greek senior managers admitted that corruption is a major business constraint for them.

Posted on 09 Apr 2014

chris.lockyer781

chris.lockyer781

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Hi Helen, as explained, we only report on countries, not smaller administrative regions. But you could compare the data for all crimes in Greece and the United Kingdom and also look at the different data-sets under the category for Crime for more detailed comparisons.

Posted on 28 Mar 2005

Suchita Vemuri<br>Staff Editor

Suchita Vemuri<br>Staff Editor

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