The increasing thefts that are taking place is a
worrying development for Cyprus. Most of those
thefts are taking place from narcotic users in their
effort to secure their doze and are even trade in
them. It is a worrying situation not only for the
increasing numbers, but because those thieves are
getting more daring with thefts taking place even
during daylight and even worse when the residents
are within their home.
Most of those thefts are based on information given /
undertaken as an inside job, either from in-house foreign
(mainly) help as well as from occasional workers that are
undertaking jobs within the house. Because of this we have
prepared a basic list of “things to
do” in order to protect your property especially for
those house owners/residents which are away for long periods
be it for holidays-holiday homes etc since these thieves
«inspect» the house prior to
the “visit” to
ascertain who lives in them and if vacant etc.
Place safety locks (known locally as the American Locks)
which are difficult to break. Do not leave the key on
the door once locked.
Place a security door rather than a wooded/aluminium
If you have aluminium windows/doors, place the new locks
which are difficult to undo. The old locks get unlocked
If you are away, close the curtains and leave a light
on, so that the “visitors”
cannot take it for granted that the house is empty.
Fence you property to the extent that you can and lock the
gate to the plot.
Place light sensors around the house, so that when there
is movement during the night the lights come on (it
might cost you higher electricity bills but it is well
If you have a safe screw the safe in the concrete floor.
Adopt an alarm system (nowadays a must) and if your
house is on two floors and you sleep upstairs, place the
alarm on the ground floor during the evening. The alarm
must be on when you are away. The new gadgets with
remote control et is most useful.
Let the police know that you will be away say over 3-4
days, so that they have it in mind.
Should you choose to place cameras, it is advisable that
they will not put off the thieves necessarily, but can
be useful after the event.
Avoid to have ladders and other materials etc which will
facilitate the thieves’ climbing at higher level.
Use interphone to connect with the entrance
gate/preferably with camera to go and place at least an
“eye” on the housedoors.
If you are away and you have friendly and trusted neighbours
tell them about it.
Adopt a large dog who must be outside the house. Do not
adopt vicious ones since the effort is to protect your
property and not necessarily cause bodily harm to
uninvited visitors. If you are away arrange for someone
to feed the dog. Ideal guard dogs are Alsatians.
Let your neighbourhood policeman know if you are away
(doubtful of their effectiveness since they do not work
after 11.00 p.m.!!).
If you have an alarm system make sure that the security
Co has a name and telephone number to contact if you are
Do not give the house key to people who work in the house
e.g. cleaners, workers etc and do not place a key under the
entrance mat etc.
Do not leave your home key when taking your car for repair,
car wash etc in the car.
If you are away connect your home phone to your mobile and
do not use an answering machine saying that you are away.