OPINION

Crime and insecurity on the rise

While the rise in crime is clear for all to see in various statistical reports, more importantly, it is being experienced firsthand by law-abiding citizens of this country.

The latter appear to be the principal victims of an increasing tendency which was first observed in 2011.

There is no doubt that the deepening financial crisis has contributed decisively toward this growing phenomenon, in combination with the out-of-control influx of illegal immigrants.

Despite all the efforts being made by the various departments of the Greek police, the feeling of insecurity is palpable at this point in time.

Nevertheless, the state is obliged to safeguard law and order and its ability to do so depends, to a large extent, on the country?s political leadership.

By general admission, the political leadership at the Citizens? Protection Ministry failed in its mission over the last 18 months.

One can only hope that the ministry?s new leadership will prove more effective.