Help police reduce burglaries

 When someone steals from a business or an individual in the Cayman Islands he or she steals from us all.
   The front page story in today’s Observer on Sunday outlines just some of the senseless acts of theft that have been taking place on Grand Cayman this year.
   * A man was attacked at his doorstep and slashed him with what he believes was a machete.
   *Thousands of dollars of garden tools were lifted from a garden nursery.
   *Food for animals was stolen from a veterinarian’s office.
   And the list goes on.
   Some blame it on the bad economy. Others blame the rash of burglaries on the poor policing.
   But we believe much of the blame can be put square on the shoulders of the community as a whole.
   Both the garden nursery and the veterinarian clinic are in residential neighbourhoods. Surely someone saw something suspicious. If they did, they should call the police.
   Not only did the thieves steal valuable merchandise, they also stole food from the mouths of workers at the nursery who couldn’t use the tools to work to make money ,they stole  from the wounded, sick and stray animals the vet feeds at the office and they stole from  pet owners.
   Burglars are out of control on the big island and more so in George Town than any other district.
   While burglaries have been reported in other districts, it would appear police need to turn more attention on George Town.
   But police can’t do it alone. If any of us knows of someone who is stealing and fencing those stolen items, they should tell police.
   If you’re afraid someone on the other end of the phone line will recognise your voice, call Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS) which is answered overseas. All persons calling Crime Stoppers remain anonymous, and are eligible for a reward of up to $1000, should their information lead to an arrest or recovery of property/drugs.
    The police have promised to crackdown on burglaries and crime in general, including road blocks in burglary hot spots and an increased focus on repeat offenders.
   But those of us who live in the districts of the Cayman Islands know the people in our neighbourhoods who steal, do drugs and generally make mischief.
   Report them. Plain and simple; turn them in.
   Yes, it is the job of police to catch the criminals to reduce crime. But they can’t do it alone.

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