Some residents have wondered lately whether the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service has received new patrol vehicles.
But the Chevrolet sedans with a yellow stripe on the side which say ‘patrol’ on the front quarter-panel actually belong to Magnet Professional Security Services.
Company administrator Matthew Leslie said the vehicles, which also have flashing lights on top like a police car, are used to perform contract patrols around businesses and some residential properties in Grand Cayman.
Mr. Leslie said the patrols started in June.
‘Most people think it’s a police car,’ he said. ‘They see the letter ‘P’ in patrol and they don’t bother to read the rest of the word. Obviously…they’re making quite a stir. But it’s a positive stir.’
Mr. Leslie said the company decided to perform the patrols partly as a business decision, and partly because Magnet believes it’s a more effective deterrent to crime.
He said all night time shifts where Magnet security guards staffed stationary posts have been dropped in favour of the road patrols.
‘For businesses, you’re sharing the cost of that patrol vehicle being in your area,’ Mr. Leslie said.
At the residential property patrolled by Magnet Security, Sunrise Landing in Newlands, Mr. Leslie said residents pay about $20 per month for patrol services.
‘It’s a big deterrent,’ he said. ‘It’s almost like a neighbourhood watch.’
Mr. Leslie said his company plans to have a fleet of 10 cars patrolling the Seven Mile Beach and George Town areas by the end of this year. He hopes the patrols can work in cooperation with RCIPS officers.
Magnet security patrol cars can also be spotted around Savannah-Newlands and Bodden Town.
‘Around Prospect, Marina Dr., you have all those kids speeding up and down,’ Mr. Leslie said. ‘They see the (security patrol) car and they slow down just because they think it’s a police car.’