Of all EU member states, Cyprus recorded the fourth lowest number of robberies in 2017, Eurostat figures published on Thursday show.
Between 2011 and 2017, robberies recorded by the police fell by 24 per cent across the EU, from 522,000 to 396,000. By contrast, there was a 4 per cent increase between 2008 and 2011.
In 2017, the highest number of offences per 100,000 inhabitants were observed in Belgium (167), France (150), Spain (144), England and Wales (132) and Portugal (115), while the lowest were found in Romania (16), Estonia and Czechia (both 15), Cyprus (14), Slovenia (12), Slovakia and Hungary (both 9).
Robbery means stealing from someone by using physical force, weapons or threats, Eurostat explained. Robbery is different from theft, which is stealing without using force and assault, the use of force without stealing, the report said.