Today’s Editorial September 10: Fight fear with unity

The people who live and take part in commerce on Courts Road are scared.

And rightly so.

There have been two similar attacks along the same stretch of the dead end road off Easter Avenue and near the intersection of the avenue with West Bay Road and North Church Street.

Residents say there are areas along stretches of the road that are pitch dark because of a lack of street lighting.

Five years after the devastation from Hurricane Ivan in September 2004 there should be no excuse for darkened streets.

The storm left us with power poles down and nights in pitch black darkness until new poles could be erected and street light reinstalled.

We would hope that CUC would do the right thing as a corporate citizen and ensure Courts Road – and any other dark stretches of roadway – are well lit for the safety of all concerned.

Another hazard on Courts Road is the deplorable condition of the streets around the road – they’re torn up making walking, cycling and even driving difficult.

Some residents suspect drugs are being traded along the Courts Road route. We again implore anyone who sees anything suspicious to contact the police or the anonymous Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-8477 (TIPS).

Police especially want to know about people who are lurking around the Courts Road area wearing dark clothing.

People should not be afraid to go or leave their homes or drop their children off to school.

While the Caymanian Compass doesn’t urge anyone to take the law into their own hands, we do ask that they work together to make the Courts Road area safer by joining in force.

Neighbourhood Watch areas in other parts of the country and indeed the world work on a daily basis, but the programme takes the cooperation of all involved – those who live on and use the street.