First quarter rise in crime

An increase in burglaries is one of the main factors behind a slight hike in crime figures for the first three months of this year.

The total of number of crimes reported from January to March was 646, compared to 580 during the same period in 2008.

According to police, burglary offences contributed greatly to this increase, with 104 break-ins reported last year compared to 168 this year.

‘The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service has recognised that burglary offences have been creeping up and we have been taking measures to address this,’ said Acting Commissioner of Police, James Smith.

‘Commanders are focussing efforts on identifying and prosecuting offenders and we are continually making the public aware that homes and businesses should be kept secure at all times.’

He said that in the first three months of the year, police arrested 42 people for burglary.

There have also been small increases in public order offences and in gambling, fraud and littering.

Police statistics showed a slight decrease in violent crimes, such as assault, which saw 50 fewer reports than during the same period last year. Reports of sexual offences dropped from 11 in the first quarter to last year to eight this year.

There was also a marginal drop in the number of traffic collisions, which fell to 341 from 363 last year. There were two fatal collisions in the first three months of 2009, compared to four in the same period last year.

‘Our Traffic Management Unit continues to target drivers who flout the traffic law and in the first three months of this year 2454 offences were detected,’ said Mr. Smith.

‘Of note, speeding prosecutions went up by 101 indicating that motorists are continuing to put their lives are risk by driving above the speed limits,’ he said.

‘We all have a responsibility to ensure the safety of road users and drivers should bear this in mind every time they get behind the wheel.’