Landing under watch

The residents of Admiral’s Landing have joined forces with the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service and established a Neighbourhood Watch scheme.

Residents in the usually peaceful and relatively uneventful neighbourhood in Prospect decided to ensure they all work together to ensure the neighbourhood is safe and secure.

Police Constable Spence, beat officer for Prospect was keen to work with the residents to make certain that they appreciated the workings of the scheme.

‘The Royal Cayman Islands Police has been involved with neighbourhood watches for a number of years but some of the schemes that have been set up in recent years have lapsed due to the transient population on the island, co-coordinators moving to other neighbourhoods and of course the destruction caused by Hurricane Ivan,’ said Maria McLean, Media Liaison Officer with the RCIPS.

During recent community meetings held across the districts, the Acting Commissioner of Police Mr. Rudolph Dixon made a commitment to have several neighbourhood watch schemes set up.

‘Two have been set up in August with at least another two or more to be launched in September,’ Ms McLean said. ‘The first scheme, which was launched in L’ Ambience in the second week of August, was well received and is up running and functioning well. There was an exceptional turn out to the meeting and all the residents were keen to make the scheme work.’

PC Spence adds, ‘The second scheme was launched in Admirals Landing in the third week of August and was received with much enthusiasm by the residents.’

Neighbourhood Watch is about working together as a community to improve personal safety and household security. Most importantly, it is about encouraging interaction and a sense of responsibility between neighbours and communities.

The aim of the scheme is to reduce the opportunities for crime, deter thieves, establish a community spirit and protect property.

Residents will also note and report suspicious activities that are about to be committed, that are in progress, or have just been committed.

‘Neighbourhood watch schemes create a great liaison between the police and the community,’ Ms McLean said. ‘The community gets to know the officers and feels more comfortable passing information onto them or asking for assistance.’

The RCIP Community Policing Department, headed by Inspector Adrian Seales is responsible for assisting residents to set the programmes up.

Those who have questions about the scheme or who are interested in having neighbourhood watch in their area can call their district’s police station for information. The local police station will then in turn contact the beat officer for that area and begin the process.