Burglars target Mykonos villas
John Swift: August 2011
Burglars target Mykonos holiday villas.
Holidaymakers on the Greek holiday island of Mykonos have been warned to make sure they lock up their apartments and villas following a spate of burglaries.
Successive cases of burglaries and break-ins into holiday apartments and villas have been reported across the island of Mykonos in August.
Police say more than 15 holiday homes have been raided in just two weeks with two notable burglaries at luxury villas in the popular Ornos beach area of Mykonos.
In one raid, burglars broke into the house of a well-known Greek businessman and stole cash, jewellery and other valuables worth an estimated €70,000 and in another they ransacked the villa of a Greek-Belgian businessman and stole cash and valuables worth €20,000.
Police say Mykonos holiday tourists are particularly vulnerable to thieves as they tend to leave doors unlocked and windows open during the day when they visit the beach or other tourist facilities.
There is no full-time experienced police presence on Mykonos despite the thousands of holiday visitors that pour into the popular island resorts each year.
Residents in the cosmopolitan resort have repeatedly called for an experienced and permanent police presence on the island, which gets packed with holiday visitors throughout the summer.
Currently, only newly graduated police officers are assigned to police the island and locals say they may not have the necessary experience to deal with such incidents.