We heard a story (true or false, or exaggerated I can’t say!) from the son of the owner of the apartments we were staying in who said that his grandfather had caught an immigrant stealing from his property, so he beat him up and locked him in an out building. He left him there for a day or so and then called his friends who also beat the guy. They then handed him over to the police.
Rough justice perhaps?! A little extreme, but in total contrast to the UK where you’re liable to be sued if you use anything other than “reasonable” force apprehending someone who’s broken into your home. Like dazzy73 said, the law in the UK now sometimes appears to protect the criminal, not the victim.
In the 70’s I lived on a huge council estate and while it had a reputation outside of the estate, living it in I never felt safer. Everyone looked after everyone else, and if anyone did cause trouble, it was dealt with at a community level.
There’s no sense of community any more in the UK or at least where we live, and I agree with the previous posts that this has a huge part to play. One of the many, many reasons for us planning to relocate to Corfu!