Today’s Editorial August 21: Burglar bars

Burglar bars are ugly.

But we fear they may soon be adorning the windows of many homes on Grand Cayman as a seemingly endless spate of burglaries continues to terrorise residents across the island.

There were 300 reports of burglaries around the Cayman Islands in the first six months of this year, and we’d be willing to bet there were a fair few that went unreported as well.

To put that in perspective, break-ins made up more than 75 per cent of the serious crimes recorded by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service in the first six months of 2009.

Generally, your average person doesn’t stand much chance statistically of being murdered even though Cayman has seen more than its fair share of that heinous act in the last two years.

But burglary is something that can affect you no matter who you are, where you are, or what you’re doing.

We’ve already heard from the police that they’re ramping up the response to these incidents, and though we might argue with them a bit about the recently announced strategy of roadblocks to deter burglars from moving stolen merchandise, our only real option as a community is to continue to give them support and report these crimes.

Another alternative is to have ugly burglar bars added to homes across heretofore beautiful, quiet, serene Grand Cayman neighbourhoods, where the owners all crouch in fear and even perhaps arm themselves against this menace.

Our Beloved Isle Cayman deserves better.