Greece is in shock following the brutal murder of a young woman by burglars inside her home near Athens in the early hours of Tuesday.
According to police sources, the woman was the victim of a violent burglary carried out by three people at the family home at Glyka Nera, a rapidly growing suburb in the northeastern part of Athens.
The perpetrators are thought to have snuck into the two-story house through a back window, tied the 32-year-old husband to a chair and tracked down the wife, who was hiding in the attic.
She was found dead next to her 11-month-old baby. The unnamed woman, said to have been in her early 20s, was beaten and possibly strangled to death by the burglars.
The same sources say that the burglars probably pressured her to tell them where the money and jewelry were kept, threatening the life of her child.
They reportedly made off with 15,000 euros in cash and valuables.
The perpetrators also reportedly killed the family’s dog to stop it from alerting the neighbors.
The Greek police have launched a manhunt to find the burglars.
The crime rate in Greece is relatively low compared with the rest of Europe. In the first nine months of 2020 it dropped compared to the corresponding period in 2019, according to the Hellenic Police (ELAS).
ELAS says that the drop was in large part due to the lockdown period, as well as the restrictive measures in place since then.
More specifically, homicides decreased by 16.67%, robberies by 40.96%, vehicle thefts by 26.47% and burglaries by 25.75%.
ELAS said its services continue to implement integrated policing programs and special actions aimed at further reducing crime.