Crime and motives in the modern era
Lately, a series of murder incidents have occupied the country’s press and public opinion due to their unprecedented brutality. The incidents? The murder of a 64-year-old man in Chalandri by his wife. The murder of the infant in Neos Kosmos by his mother. The recent crime in Elliniko and other similar incidents a few decades ago would have been considered unprecedented. Now they are becoming more and more common.
We may not be able to speak with any accuracy about whether crime has increased compared to previous times. This is due to the impossibility of comparing reliable data between seasons. It is even more difficult to talk about an effect of the crisis on crime. Crime rates probably varied due to the existence of several simultaneous social changes that occurred in the same period. Private investigation offices have always had and still have such cases.
What we can see with certainty, however, is the differentiation of the crime profile compared to earlier times. Indeed, in earlier times, crime was mainly committed by people who were marginalised by society. Nowadays, crime is committed to a greater extent by people belonging to the bourgeoisie than in the past. The first difference between crime and the past is therefore that it is potentially carried out by anyone. It is no longer necessarily carried out by someone who belongs to the social margins. Crime and motives in the modern era – Private Investigator Pelekasis Nikos:
The second differentiation of crime concerns the unequal relationship between motivation and action. In earlier times, these few crimes committed by family men and otherwise peaceful citizens were largely motivated by a hidden motive that motivated the perpetrator to act. As a police officer I recall the case of the murder of a woman. It had been done by her husband because of the existence of an insurance policy of a hefty death benefit. On his arrest after the investigation the perpetrator had frankly confessed “I gambled and lost”. This phrase was common by criminals in earlier times and indeed indicated the expectation of a large benefit that motivated the offender to crime.
On the contrary, in recent years there has been an increasing number of crimes in which the motive is absent or not such as to justify the commission of the crime. There is no motive, for example, as in a case of usury. It is therefore more a case of domestic crimes and domestic violence committed in the heat of the moment than of premeditated acts of homicide. Perhaps the most basic assumption in dealing with this change is the assumption of ignorance of its cause. Indeed, after every such incident we watch television programmes with speeches by experts on these phenomena and how to deal with them. However, the constant repetition of similar incidents should probably lead us to recognise a new form of domestic crime. This one cannot be explained in terms of the old means and old ways of thinking. The admission of society’s unpreparedness in dealing with this change may also be the starting point for thinking about its causes from scratch. This is a precondition possibly necessary for understanding and dealing with the phenomenon. Crime and motives in the modern era – Private Investigator Pelekasis Nikos
“The above text may be indicative of practices and methods used in the past. Some tactics and methods may now be applicable under the new law 5005/22 concerning the procedure for the removal of privacy of communications, cybersecurity and protection of personal data of citizens.”