safronsue wrote:living on the fringes of a greek village where some families are already desperate and where crime has started to creep in where up til now there has been ZERO crime, apart from opportunistic gypsies, i guess we are looking at economic breakdown this winter.
I fear that it there is anywhere where a cold winter could really tip the balance then it is Greece.
We're seeing an increase in property crime in France too. In the past it was pretty rare in the more rural areas, and when it did happen it was stealing for cash to buy aspirational stuff or drugs; now people are actually stealing food.
The school canteen was broken into - none of the equipment was taken (the gendarmerie said that this was almost certainly because it would diminish the seriousness of the crime in the eyes of the court, if it came to that) but the freezers were emptied. The only thing left was the creamed spinach, which was a clue: it meant that whoever the perpetrators where, they had eaten in the canteen in the past because the spinach is notoriously vile. And so it proved to be - a group of early 20s, unemployed, living in social housing in the village and completely broke, some of whom had been to the village school.
A neighbour had a dozen meat rabbits stolen from his garden. In that case, the bunny-napper dropped his i-Phone (that didn't go down too well locally) and he was caught in the act of skinning them.
Travellers have found it impossible to get the casual work around here that used to sustain them, so they are increasingly lifting stuff - a group were arrested only a few days ago for breaking into outhouses to drain down heating oil tanks. The rules pertaining to scrap metal transactions are actually being enforced for once following a rise in metal thefts, which was blamed on travellers, but personally I ha' m' doubts on that score.
I can't see things improving in the near term. A friend of ours heads up a Catholic charity in the Vendée: he's never seen such a demand for their services (food, warm clothing & bedding, for the most part). They are pretty well funded but he's concerned that he's going to run out of money in the next 4 months or so, and then what? They don't turn people away, whoever they are, which means they see a lot of illegals and people who just don't appear on the social security radar. Not good.
Skippy - I'm impressed! My children love apocalyptic films & books. They're not quite old enough for "Shaun of the Dead", but I await the day when they are with anticipation.