Those reading the news on www.caycompass.com today and this past weekend could easily think they were reading about incidents in Jamaica, Haiti or some other Caribbean island plagued with crime.
Unfortunately the heinous acts of crime were committed on Grand Cayman and are just the latest in a spate of violent attacks.
On Friday night the body of 20-year-ol Brian Adrian Rankine was found in a George Town parking lot.
Monday morning the body of a 47-year-old Canadian man was found in a home near Bodden Town.
Earlier this month 29-year-old Henry York Carter was stabbed in the parking lot of a Bodden Town Bar.
He lived, but the man stabbed at the same bar parking lot in February – 21-year-old Aaron William Berry – died from his stab wounds.
Also in February there were three separate, unrelated incidents of violence outside Grand Cayman clubs and bars.
In February, again, we had news of the death of Frederic Bise who was found dead in a burning car in West Bay. There has still been no arrest in that incident.
We’re finding ourselves in the unenviable position of reporting on grisly deaths this year instead of the needless traffic deaths of the past couple of years.
Frankly we’d rather not have to editorialise about either.
We are reminded of the days following Hurricane Ivan in September 2004 when lawlessness seemed rampant.
Police, with the help of the community, were able to bring that crime wave under control.
Police once again need our cooperation in solving the crimes here that seem to be becoming more bizarre and gruesome.
We can’t afford to become like crime havens so prevalent in Jamaica, Haiti and other Caribbean countries.
We don’t make this comment just because we are a tourist destination.
We can’t afford it because it isn’t who we are – civil, genteel people by nature.
If you know anything that can help police in their investigations of these new and older crimes, don’t hesitate to contact them.
Confidentiality is promised.
Call Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS). Those who call are eligible for a reward of up to $1000, should their information lead to an arrest.
We’ve got to help police help us take back over our community and rid it of the dark cloud of crime and killing.
If not us, who?