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Breaking and Entering, a crime on the rise

Over the last couple of weeks I have heard stories about different types of breaking and entering, it was only the other day I heard a horriffic story of elderly people being tied up and beaten until they told the thieves where their money, which was their pension, was.

Other stories where peple have fought with the criminals only to get their teeth knocked out whilst trying to deal with the shocking situation. I must point out that I could be talking about ANYWHERE in the world, but when it hits home on you that a small island communtiy are subjected to these type of crimes it makes you wonder what can we do?

Yesterday, it seems that they were at it again in several areas around Zakynthos, the gangs had broken into houses and as the photo shows in this particular house, in broad day light and made away with whatever they could. In one particular case later that night, an old lady heard a car drive up her drive way and then a knock on the door, she did not answer, and it seems that was what they were hoping for, as they then took to breaking the locked aluminium shutters, smashing the window and then climbed through, only to be contronted with the shocked 85 year old woman. It seems they took pity on her and so they left. She, you may say was a lucky one. So, what do we do in these situations? How do we protect ourselves from these types of things when it seems that the police are at a loss to help protect our own lives, not to mention our worldly goods. Is there a way to help police combat the problems we are facing? Not that we should ever take the law into our own hands, it has become a thought of many to do just that. After having made my statement on my own personal FB page, a friend sent me a Facebook link where we can do something, it is simple we demand action from our authorities! As a communtiy we have seen it before, we have come together on a lot of issues and yes, our voices have been heard. Our small police department can not cope and they need help, are you going to do something to help them? After all it could be your house, your bussiness or even worse your next of kin that are at the end of the theives eyes.

It seems that our community is doing something as the local internet newspaper Zantenews Time has also printed my post Let hope this is the beginning our community needs to get our community safe once again.

About Louise Inzk

Louise is Australian born and has been a Greek citizen since 1991. She has deep cultural ties with the island, often writing about Zakynthian Traditions and Culture. She is also an active member of the Volunteer Group of Zakynthos, Giostra Di Zante and is a member of the women's choir "Rodambelos". Her love of the island and all it offers saw her joining the Zakynthos (Zante) Informer admin team in 2014.

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  1. It is sickening that on a small island like this that the police don’t know who and where these thugs are.
    I recently spoke to a lady on the island who was robbed and beaten. When I asked what the police were doing she just shrugged her shoulders and indicated that they could do nothing.
    Thugs will be aware of this and continue their plundering of our homes.
    I am sure that if a person could have an alarm system put into their house that alerted locals in their area to help them, they would.
    This might seem like taking the law into our own hands but, what other choice do we have. This is getting serious. Soon someone will be killed. Let’s look after each other now.

    • Keith you may be right in a lot of things, however, you have to keep in mind that our Police are short staffed, something that has happened not just only in Zakynthos. They know there is a problem and they are doing something about it, even though it may not seem that way at times and yes we should all try our best to help where we can…neighbourhood watch for example, leaving lights on outside can also be a deterrent and a number of other things may help. For now like you said we have to be aware of who is in our neighbourhood and question someone if something seems odd. Thank you for your comments.

  2. Hello, I have just read your blog. I stayed at a villa near to Argassi in May this year. We were broken into at 4am one morning, they tried to get into the bedroom. Thankfully, I had shut the bedroom door and had started waking up so I managed to get up quickly enough to shut the door back on them.

    It was all very strange, the burglar helped himself to food in the fridge and displayed a tool that he had used for the break in on a table. It was like he was showing off.

    Police did arrive but they didn’t do anything. There was a hand print on one of the windows but the police did not seem interested, apparently it was the end of their shift.

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