If an unsuspecting visitor to Athens decided to walk through Vathis Square at night, he or she would certainly be faced with one of Athens’s more wretched aspects; much the same atmosphere prevails around Omonia Square, the drug distribution centers of Menidi, Aspropyrgos or other high-crime areas in Attica’s west. Athens today is full of contrasts, unbridgeable chasms between rich and poor, glass towers and «unprotected» areas. On the one hand is the image of a cosmopolitan city, on the other is that of an inhospitable, hostile environment. Crime prevails in districts where poverty and unemployment reign; where prosperity is the rule, crimes are rare. In the city center and surroundings (from Patissia to Kolonos) and the western suburbs (from Peristeri to Aspropyrgos), both low-level and more serious crime is rife. At the other end of the spectrum are the northern and southern suburbs, where a more visible police presence appears to have borne results.