The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service Criminal Investigation Department has been working hard over the last few weeks to bring burglars to justice.
Several arrests have been made including three men aged 20, 40 and 47 for burglary and drug related offences, two men aged 17, 32 for burglary and a 22-year-old man for robbery.
‘Burglary can be one of the most distressing crimes committed as the victims often feel that their personal space has been violated,’ said Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police Mr. John Jones. ‘It is often the case that a large proportion of burglary offences are committed by a small number of criminals – and they are the people we are targeting.’
The RCIPS is also calling on the public to help themselves and will soon be launching a wide-spread burglary prevention campaign, in conjunction with Rotary Central, which will focus on encouraging home owners to be more security conscious. Simple measures such as closing and securing windows and doors can deter an opportunist criminal from targeting a home.
In addition, a number of cars have been stolen recently after keys were left in the ignition of the vehicle. All drivers are encouraged to keep their vehicles secure at all times, with no valuables on show, even if they are only leaving them for a moment or two.
‘Our message to the criminals is simple,’ added Mr. Jones. ‘You will be targeted and arrested. There is no hiding place for you in Cayman and we will use every lawful method at our disposal to ensure you are brought to justice.’
Anyone with information about crime taking place in the Cayman Islands should contact their local police station or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS). All persons calling crime stoppers remain anonymous, and are eligible for a reward of up to $1000, should their information lead to an arrest or recovery of property/drugs.