Crime rate declines in first two months of 2013, Greek Police reports

The crime rate dropped across Greece at the start of the year according to figures released on Monday by the Greek Police, which expects the trend to continue.

Homicides dropped by 22.5 percent in January and February 2013 compared to the same period last year, the report said, while robberies at shops, post offices, money transfer agencies etc dropped by 49 percent.

Muggings, meanwhile, were down by 17.10 percent and burglaries by 16.07 percent.

However, the percentage of overall unsolved crimes rose in the first two months of 2013 to 31.87 percent compared to 29.20 percent in 2012, though the police were able to solve 2.28 percent more robberies than last year.

The report also says that crime, which has seen a noticeable spike since the start of the crisis, dropped in March as well, suggesting that the decline is an ongoing trend rather than a temporary phenomenon.