Thursday, June 12, 2014

Cyprus: Traveling to Ayia Napa? Dust Off Your Personal Security Awareness!

According to The Cyprus Mail, two Russian tourists in their 40s reported to the Ayia Napa police on Wednesday (June 11) that their car had been broken into and a mobile phone, credit cards and cash worth €3,280 (US$4,439.55).

The couple reportedly were having a meal inside an Ayia Napa restaurant on Wednesday (June 11) when their vehicle was broken into.

COMMENT: What I fail to comprehend is why anyone would leave their credit cards, cash and a mobile phone in a presumably locked vehicle, knowing that all of these aforementioned items are needed in most commercial establishments.

Moreover, in recent years, vehicular break-ins are commonplace throughout Greek-controlled Cyprus.

Crime statistics have shown that there is a much greater potential for a vehicle to be broken into in Cyprus than the likelihood of an armed robbery occurring, largely because it cannot be determined who is carrying money and who isn't.

For those who are seemingly uninformed, and as beautiful as Cyprus continues remains to be, in recent years the island has been plaqued with auto theft, vehicular break-ins, larceny, sexual assault and even homicide, largely due to the financial stressors that Cypriots have been experiencing in recent years.

For those of our loyal readers, how many times have I urged travelers not to carry much more than US$100 on their person, particularly given the fact that ATMs and cash machines are readily available almost everywhere? At least hundreds of times.

As regards, smartphones, which can range in value between US$300-500, such valuables can be easily insured through

In a related incident, a 60-year-old Russian woman reported that between 2110 and 2140 hours on Wednesday, burglars broke into her Ayia Napa apartment and stole her mobile phone, €650 (US$880.00) in cash and 4,000 Russian rubles (US$116.00).

Unfortunately, I am unaware of whether the apartment front door was unlocked or secured sufficiently to keep determined intruders honest. In any event, far too many people who are visiting Cyprus are completely ignorant as to the level of criminality occurring on the island on a daily basis.