Vandalism must be stopped

Your timely report on ‘Crews tackle vandalism – ongoing issue for Parks and Cemetery Unit,’ highlights the monumental task of keeping Cayman clean and beautiful for everyone.

Vandalism is a serious crime. Vandalism is a deliberate act to trash, mar, deface or destroy public or private property.

Vandalism costs government and the private sector lots of money, manpower, time and other resources to clean up and correct the damage done.

Vandalism is also objectionable and anti-social behaviour, which has a negative impact on the quality of life a any community. Studies reveal that vandalism is usually committed by pre-teenagers, teenagers and young adults who are either idle, full of hate and bitterness, anger or revenge against others.

To reduce or eradicate acts of vandalism requires persistent public awareness and education, with special emphasis on the harm done to the community and associated costly repairs. Also, some form of recreational programmes specifically geared toward the youth in the community might serve as a possible deterrent.

It is worth noting that the Parks and Cemetery Unit is working in partnership with community police to do daily inspections of public areas.

Decent and law abiding residents have a moral responsibility and obligation to report anyone seen committing vandalism.

Vandals who are caught should be made to actually clean up their mess, do some form of community service, in addition to legal penalties that may be applicable to this crime.

General Manager Jonathan Jackson and his team of 23 deserve our full support and encouragement for the tremendous job they are doing to effectively maintain public areas of Grand Cayman. We heartily commend them all.

Geoff Daniels

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