Cyprus Mail

Almost half of car thefts take place in Limassol

Around 350 vehicles are stolen across the island on a yearly basis, with the Limassol district being the place most likely for it to happen as it is where almost half of the thefts are recorded.

According to the police, two thirds of stolen vehicles are eventually found, though some are never found, either because they end up at the bottom of a dam or because they cross to the north or they are burnt after being used for criminal activity while some are torn apart for parts.

In 2018 of the total 360 vehicles were stolen, 276 were found, while in 2017 of the 356 stolen vehicles, police found 233. In 2016, 306 vehicles were stolen, of which only 188 were returned.

The picture is similar going further back, as in 2015, 321 vehicles were reported stolen, while only 157 were found. In 2014, a whopping 405 vehicles were stolen, with police returning around half.

Police figures show that most vehicles that are stolen are registered in the Limassol district, as from the 360 vehicles stolen last year, 151 were stolen from Limassol. Paphos comes second with 83 stolen vehicles, followed by Nicosia with 75, Larnaca with 40, and Famagusta with just 11.

According to the police spokesperson Andreas Angelides as soon as a report is received regarding a stolen car, the police react instantly because they are aware that the car may possibly be used to commit a criminal act.

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