Police urge safe Christmas

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service is urging the public to make sure Santa is the only surprise visitor they receive this festive season.

As residents and visitors gear up for Christmas, the message from the Commissioner of Police is clear – secure your homes, secure your vehicles and stay safe at all times.

‘We have just begun our annual Christmas policing operations which involve a whole host of activities designed to keep responsible people safe and target those who break the law,’ said Commissioner Kernohan.

Aside from catching criminals, the aim of operation Python is three fold; to make sure people stay safe on the roads, to make sure people stay safe when out enjoying themselves and to make sure people keep their homes and properties secure, states a press release.

He also issued a strong warning to those thinking of breaking the law.

‘We have special teams of officers in place working across all districts to catch people flouting the law and if you have not been caught already, you soon will be,’ he said.

The teams have already begun to see results. In George Town on 5 December 5 a number of arrests were made and a firearm was seized.

‘This is a great start to our campaign and highlights our commitment to removing illegal firearms from the streets of Cayman,’ said Mr. Kernohan.

A team of uniform officers assisted by the Special Constabulary made the arrests after responding to reports of ganja being smoked in the Kennedy Drive area of George Town. Six men, aged between 18 and 35, were arrested on suspicion of possessing an unlicensed firearm with one man also arrested on suspicion of possession of ganja. A handgun was seized. In a separate incident, a 34-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of burglary.

Police will also be targeting road users and promise to take swift action against the irresponsible few whose thoughtlessness puts others at risk.

‘Drink driving, speeding and not wearing seatbelts will not be tolerated,’ said Mr. Kernohan. ‘We will be keeping a watchful eye on the roads and conducting road blocks across the Island to make sure everyone is abiding by the law.’

Residents were also reminded to keep their homes and vehicles secure over the festive season so as not to give burglars and thief’s an easy ride.

‘We want people to be able to enjoy themselves safely,’ added the Commissioner.

‘We know this time of year is a time for celebration and we do not want to spoil the fun, we just want people to stay safe.’

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 $1,000, should their information lead to an arrest or recovery of property/drugs.

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