NEWS

Robbery rises as crime falls

Robbery and rape were on the rise last year but there was a drop in the number of murders and crime overall, figures released yesterday by the Public Order Ministry show. There were a total of 111 murders committed in Greece during 2004 – five less than in 2003 and a substantial drop from the peak of 203 in 1997. Some 121 attempted murders also took place last year and police said that, along with the actual murders, they managed to catch the perpetrators in almost 88 percent of the cases. Three in every four of the murderers were Greek. Displaying the highest figures for the last 15 years, there were 2,339 cases of theft from homes and businesses last year – over 250 more than in 2003 – but bank robberies fell slightly. There were also 191 rapes last year, the second highest figure of the last 15 years, but the number of sexual exploitation cases recorded dropped marginally to 413.