I dont mean to frighten anyone or to scare anybody off their Cypus holiday, but feel a warning should be issued, and if i had had this warning things may have turned out different.
My partner and i and our 5 children have just returned from Cyprus after having our Villa burgled. The thieves broke into the Villa whilst we were away having our final nights meal and drink. We returned to find the Villa safe empty and other items missing. To cut what could be a very long story short, the police said this is quite a common occurance in Paphos & Coral bay, and the police informed me that there was actually 3 on the night in question. Now as i said before i dont want to scare monger but it turns out that these break ins usually happen on a weekend and its this i'm trying to put accross to people, to make you all aware and to carry everything with you on these days.
We lost all passports all my credit cards, both driving licence's and the remaing cash we had left, plus other items. It hasnt put me off going to Cyprus but it has made me more aware for the future know matter where we go.
One final word... photo copy EVERYTHING before you go and either leave it at home with someone you can get in touch with or take it with you and leave it in a different location to the originals. Oh and another final word.. Dont expect any help off JET 2, but that can be saved for a later date/thread.
I'm sure you will be ok, an like i said, i dont want to put people off but to make them aware.. enjoy the rest of your stay, we loved it and will return.
Similar happened to our friends in a villa. They had chosen to stay in a private villa that was in a remote location.
When they left for a day out the thieves were obviously watching and there was no-one around to see them or deter them!
Probably it is better to be on a complex where there are 'friends' around you, then at least you have some sort of safety net. I hope you and your family recover from the ordeal and enjoy your next holiday.
Brilliant advice about photocopy everything - I gave this advice to someone at work whose teenage son and girlfriend have just been on holiday. The type of safe that they use abroad in apartment/villas are very easily broken into so I suppose it is just as good to 'hide' your valuables.
We are off to Coral Bay in just over a week - also staying in a villa.
Had not yet decided whether to take Euros or TC's and Euros. Will probably now take mainly TC's as at least they can be replaced via Insurance.
Can anyone tell me what the ROE is at the moment?
Our Cypriot friends in the village have been robbed a few weeks ago, they were used to leaving the doors open , not any more.
I was more careful with valuables this time and intend to install a safe next time we are over. Although I have heard that safes have been taken if not bolted down.
There has been a lot of break ins especially in the areas where they know people are on holiday and renting villas, so please be careful and lock all doors and windows when leaving the house also sneak theives are operating as you are enjoying yourself in the pool they slip in and help themselves to the first things they can lay their hands on.
This time we used a Nationwide flex card no charges for withdrawals in EU countries this was much better that carrying large sums of cash around. I also used it when paying for good in the shops.
The front patio doors, bedroom balcony doors, kitchen door and all windows are constantly unlocked.
We do have 2 big dogs though, so maybe that has something to do with us never being burgled
Seriously though, where we live - residents still leave door keys in the electric meter cupboards as that's what they've always done.
We do lock the car up in the tourist area and we always hide any valuables, just the same you would do in any town or city.
There has been a spate of burglaries and it's starting to get repetitious at this time of year as a number of expat residents go back to UK to escape the heat of July and August. Unfortunately, the ethnic minorities get blamed a lot for the thefts but it's only when they actually catch them that you find out for definite who were the culprits.
I'm glad to hear it hasn't put you off Cyprus but it's certainly an unwanted memory for you...
The more we think about what happened and piece together events and how they unfolded, my partner and i are sure it was an inside job. The owner of the Villa was so conveniently away at the time of the burgalry, he couldnt get the safe to work on our arrival (i managed it myself after he had gone). There are many other little nagging away instances that make us think it was an inside job, whether the cleaner was involved, i would say yes, the owner, yes, or at least his accomplices.
The Police over there dont want to help in any way and i have very little faith in them, Ive never realised just how good an proffesional our police force are until you see there's.
Advice from me if i've not already give it... .
Glynis HT Admin
Sorry but have had to remove name of the villa as nothing proven.
I don't want to get into a drawn out discussion, it's just my opinion.
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