This past weekend, criminals – and they should be called nothing different – decided to cause thousands of dollars of damage to the Cayman Rugby Union pitch in South Sound just for kicks.
A car or cars drove onto the pitch and spun around on the rain-softened ground, ripping the grass out and leaving tyre tracks everywhere.
The pitch was made unplayable by the act of vandalism because the little trenches made by the tyres on the ground could cause injury to a person running on the field.
The Rugby Union had just completed $48,000 of uninsured repairs of the facility of damage caused by Hurricane Ivan.
Now the Rugby Union will have to spend more money to repair the pitch and to fence in the property to prevent the senseless acts of vandalism from occurring again.
What is perhaps worse about what happened to the rugby pitch is the fact many of Cayman’s children will suffer so that these vandals could have a cheap thrill.
Some 2,400 children from George Hicks and John Gray schools were scheduled to start playing rugby this week, and now that will have to be put on hold.
What’s more, money earmarked for the further development of the in-school rugby programme will now have to be used on expensive repairs.
It is indeed very sad that in these challenging times, when so many people are still trying to fully recover from the impacts of Hurricane Ivan, and when the higher costs of living are creating a struggle to survive for some people, that vandals could be so callous and selfish as to take away a sporting activity from others.
And they did this all for a few moments of immature pleasure.
The Rugby Union has offered a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and prosecution of the culprits. We encourage anyone with any information about this horrendous act to tell someone within the Rugby Union or the police.
While this crime may not be as serious as some of the violent crimes occurring in recent times, it is in some ways just as demoralising to our society. Most crimes tend to affect one or a few people; this one has a direct affect on thousands, most of them children.
On the scale of things, this crime cannot draw as much attention from the police as other, more serious crimes. However, the solving of this crime would be a tremendous morale booster to community in need of some good news on the crime front.