Police officials believe that an international gang is behind the recent spate of luxury home burglaries in Limassol.
Limassol CID commander Ioannis Soteriades announced increase patrols in the Limassol area after Sunday’s break-in into a Germasoyia home where thieves made off with a 300kilos safe said to contain some €250,000 worth of valuables.
He did, however, advise residents to take all the necessary precautions as the police believe that the break-ins are the work of an organised gang who stake out homes before breaking into them.
“We believe that a gang from overseas is the reason surge in the number of burglaries at the luxury homes,” said Soteriades referring to Interpol data at their disposal.
Soteriades appealed to the public to be especially careful when posting messages on social media platforms and to refrain from publishing details which involve travel plans and events which they will be attending away from home.
“When leaving from home, alarms should be switched on, make sure doors and windows are locked. Try not to make your absence obvious and cooperate with your neighbours,” said Soteriades adding that if there is CCTV system installed, it should always be operational.
“We also want to stress that people must inform the police when noticing anything suspicious,” added Soteriades.
He went on to say that police in Cyprus had joined fellow officers from across Europe in helping to bust crime rings – accused of a string of theft and breaking and entering crimes – from Eastern Europe.
“These new waves of crimes have put us on high alert and we will be dispatching additional measures,” concluded Soteriades.