Calicos, other businesses burgled

Royal Cayman Islands Police are investigating a number of burglaries which have taken place in businesses along Seven Mile Beach within the past month.

The latest incident involved a Friday, 26 December burglary at Calico Jack’s on Public Beach. Investigators said a substantial amount of cash was taken in the break-in.

Earlier this month, four break-ins were reported at separate condo offices along seven mile, which is one of Grand Cayman’s premier tourist areas. Items taken from the condo offices were said to be of minor value.

Police urged business owners to take steps which can prevent their premises from being specially chosen for break-ins by burglary suspects.

Investigators said large amounts of cash should not be left on premises, that deadbolts and security alarms should be installed, and urged the installation of closed-circuit TV cameras both inside and outside businesses.

‘Prevention is always better than cure,’ RCIPS Chief Inspector Angelique Howell said. ‘Protecting your property and letting people know you have security measures in place by using clear signage could stop you becoming a victim.’

Earlier in the year, two hotels along Seven Mile Beach were hit by armed robbers but police believe those incidents were unrelated to the recent burglaries.

In January, a Beach Club Hotel and Dive Resort clerk was tied up and assaulted by three masked attackers. Some money was taken before the suspects left. No arrests were ever made.

Then in February, two masked robbers struck the Comfort Suites on West Bay Road. A security guard was injured in the heist and told police the men were armed with a hand gun and a machete.