Cypriot Policy on Robbery
The Police inform the public on measures they can take to protect themselves from being victimised, as well as on how to respond in the case of a robbery, both on an individual basis but also on an organised group basis. Information is conveyed via the mass media, brochures, personal visits by the community police officers, public lectures.
High risk buildings, such as bank establishments and Goldsmiths shops, are inspected on a regular basis in collaboration with the Police in order to ensure their safety against robberies. Beside however the measures for the safety of the property, a special motorcycle police squad has been established, whose task is to patrol bank establishments (over and above the usual police patrols), ensuring that banks work smoothly.
Other high risk establishments such as 24hr convenience stores and 24hr bakers shops are given support by increased mechanised and foot patrols.
In conjunction with the above, police officers are trained and encouraged to engage in intelligence gathering while specially assigned personnel are responsible for assessing intelligence and submit it to the right police section where it will be acted upon. In the same context, the public is encouraged to inform the police of anything suspicious that needs to be looked into.
Members of the police are continuously trained / informed on new developments as well as having refresher courses on various issues ensuring that they are up to date all the time and they are at their best performance all the time.