The mix of stories on the front page of today’s Caymanian Compass is interesting.
While the two topics – a downturn in tourism and the burglary of a George Town church – may not appear to be in any way related at first glance, we think they are.
Tourism comes second behind the financial industry as the major money maker for the Cayman Islands’ coffers.
If we don’t have an influx of tourists coming to our shores, businesses and their employees suffer.
Already hotels, restaurants, watersports, attractions and other businesses are suffering because the tourist dollar is shrinking.
And it’s getting lower because people just can’t afford to take expensive vacations with the global economy in such a whirlwind.
Tourism officials keep telling us that they believe visitors, especially those from the United States, will continue to grace our shores; that they won’t give up the pleasure of a holiday away from work and home and that the Cayman Islands is close and affordable enough.
Saying and seeing, though, are two different things.
As the economy begins to suffer people lose jobs and as people lose jobs, crime is going to increase. It’s a given in any society.
The man or woman who still has to feed his or her children doesn’t really care what tourism officials or financial industry insiders say about the poor economy on a global level. The easiest way to get money, for some of them, is to turn to a life of crime.
When that happens, we all suffer.
This is the second time the Seventh-day Adventist Church near Pasadora Place has been burgled.
It was wrong the first time and it is wrong the second time. It’s bad enough that any of us falls victim to burglary, but for someone to enter the sacred halls of a church to practice burglary is really stooping to a low level.
Now the church is going to have to spend money on a security system – money that could be better used for community outreach and service.
George Town has been the site of several burglaries recently. If the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service hasn’t beefed up its patrols in the areas where it knows burglars are most active, we humbly request that it does so.
Unfortunately as more and more people lose their jobs or have hours cut back because of a lack of tourism numbers, crime will increase.
We must all remain vigilant and help police when it comes to solving the resulting crimes.