Today’s Editorial February 26: High profile crime has ramifications

Grand Cayman is truly becoming a scary place to live.

Just this past weekend one man was fatally stabbed and three others were critically injured.

The killing and injuries weren’t from just one incident – they were from three separate crimes that occurred from Bodden Town to West Bay Road between midnight and 3am Saturday.

But there is something in common with them all – they happened at or near bars. One of the bars has been on probation from the Liquor Licensing Board in the past.

Those of us who don’t visit bars and clubs don’t have to worry too much about bar-room violence. It can easily be avoided.

But the three incidents highlight the amount of increasing crime on Grand Cayman.

The killing Saturday was the third this year and comes at a time when those living in Cayman – especially on Grand Cayman – are questioning their own safety.

Bodden Town residents who live on Kipling Street are still bothered by rock throwers. Many people have already been injured, but it appears the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service can’t stop the miscreants.

And we’re heard reports of people going into private residences to commit crimes.

Josh Hooker, 18, was at home with his two-year-old son when he was gunned down and a woman was terrorized in her Southampton Gardens apartment.

In West Bay folks are afraid to answer their doors because of fires being set there.

In Scranton – certainly an area all too familiar with crime and death – a man’s head was grazed with a bullet earlier this month. Luckily, he lived.

There were two killings in the Scranton area four years ago and police promised then to beef up security.

We want to know, where is that security today?

It is imperative that there is a police presence in every community, and we don’t mean cruisers driving by.

Police that walk the beat are more in tune with the comings and goings of their particular communities than those who show up once in a while in a cruiser.

Increasing crime rates have so many ramifications in the Cayman Islands.

For starters, we have to appreciate the consequences of crime and violence on families and communities. They are the ones left to deal with pain and grief after a crime, especially a crime in which someone dies.

Then there’s the economic fallout from crime.

In this highly technical information age, the world knows whenever Cayman has a hiccup. An increase in crime can turn away potential investors and cause tourists to choose perceived safer destinations.

We need a police force that is accountable to the people. The current government has committed $55 million of our money for the police for four years. What are we getting for it?

East End and North Side residents are told year-after-year that they will have fully manned police stations. When?

Not all of the blame about increased crime should be laid at the feet of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.

We as a community should do all we can to help police solve crimes. While some of the crime committed this weekend involved foreign nationals, it is a fact that Caymanians were involved in the fatal stabbing and the shooting.

We can’t solely blame foreign nationals for an increase in crime here, just as we can’t solely blame the police.

We need to all work together to come up with a solution and get crime down again.

BREAKOUT

Increasing crime rates have so many ramifications in the Cayman Islands.

For starters, we have to appreciate the consequences of crime and violence on families and communities. They are the ones left to deal with pain and grief after a crime, especially a crime in which someone dies.

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  1. I can understand your concern. As a retired officer from the US I have walked a beat when I first began my career. Later I was able to qualify as a bicycle officer when in the latter part of my career. Depending on the area to cover and the type of area, residential vs commercial, the use of bikes can help cover more ground or area than a foot beat, and the officer would arrive in much better shape.

    I am sorry to see that Grand Cayman is seeing such a surge of crime. I hope you are able to keep it from continuing.

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