Cypriot Policy on Vehicle crime

The Cyprus Police periodically issues announcements on the prevention of car theft, which is the main category in vehicle crime, while it also distributes brochures and provides lectures and advice on the measures that can be taken to protect their vehicle.

Because of the fact that vehicle thefts are numerically important and because stolen vehicles may be used for other illegal activities, the Cyprus Police has included a separate section on its website, especially for the list of Stolen Vehicles. This list is updated bio-monthly and aims to inform the public and asks for their cooperation. On the same website, there is also a list of car registration signs that have been stolen.

Another measure that is taken by the Cyprus Police in order to reduce vehicle crime is the use of an SMS alert system installed in every Municipality that has already implemented the Neighborhood Watch Program, where all Watchers are constantly informed on any vehicle theft.

At the same time, there is an SMS alert system installed, which sends out a message to all members of the police on their mobile phone, where a car / motorbike is stolen / wanted. The messages that are sent are especially important to have in mind, while patrolling the streets.