The word ‘burglary’ may have lost a lot of its impact these days.
With the offence having become more commonplace, people often don’t react to it with the indignation they might have done in years gone by when they hear about a break-in.
But anyone who has personally experienced a burglary – and there are a lot more nowadays – knows something of the misery, anger, fear and sense of violation, not to mention the loss, it can leave in its wake.
The Royal Cayman Islands Police are urging people to do all they possibly can to reduce the chances of becoming a victim of the crime.
They are asking people to make sure their homes are more secure in order to make it difficult for the burglar to get in.
‘Look at your home through the burglar’s eyes. Are there places where they could break in unseen? If so, make these places more secure,’ says RCIP media liaison officer Maria McLean.
‘Never leave a spare key in a convenient hiding place, such as under the doormat or in a flower pot. A thief will look there first,’ she says.
The RCIP are urging people to be good neighbours and to call the police if they see anyone acting suspiciously.
They also advise complexes and small streets to hold regular meetings amongst themselves.
And they suggest people collect telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of neighbours in order to keep each other informed of all occurrences that take place in the community.
‘Beat officers from the Royal Cayman Islands Police community policing department can be contacted at any time for crime prevention advice,’ says PC McLean.
‘They are located in every district and are available to assist the community with neighbourhood watch schemes,’ she says.
But even after taking all the preventive steps possible to thwart burglars, you can still unfortunately end up becoming a victim of the crime.
‘Anyone who has been a victim of a burglary will know how distressing it is,’ says PC McLean.
And the police understand that victims of a break in at home or at work will want to try and get back to normal as quickly as possible.
But, they are asking, wherever possible, that people leave everything as they find it for the police scenes of crime officer to examine for any evidence.
‘Although initially you will have a list of stolen property, you may discover other missing items over the next few days,’ says PC McLean.
‘At this time, please contact the Crime Desk on 949-4222 or the Criminal Investigation Department dealing with you, so your crime report can be updated,’ she says.