Today’s Editorial for October 27: Get tough on crime

Once again our collective leaders have met to discuss ways to combat the rampant crime on Grand Cayman.

Unfortunately, many of the ideas they are discussing have already been in the discussion phase for years.

It’s time to quit talking about a new Police Bill and revamped Liquor Licensing Law. Instead the bills need to be placed on the table in the Legislative Assembly, debated and approved.

Working with at-risk youths is also not a new idea, but at least this time around someone has actually been put in charge of spearheading the effort.

We believe Community Affairs Minister Mike Adam is just the right person for the job. All of the children in our country – whether at risk or not – are the future of the Cayman Islands. We must ensure that not one of our youths falls through any administrative cracks.

Our leaders did agree that a special task force be formed within the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service to focus on gun crime and other serious violent crimes.

We have to wonder why it took a meeting to figure this one out. We would hope that those on the police force would act immediately when there is a jump in crime and not wait for the direction of a committee.

Leader of Government Business McKeeva Bush also says he wants to see the mandatory 10-year sentence for gun crimes increased. This has been welcomed by the Chamber of Commerce. But again, what is needed is passage of the legislation by our elected leaders and enforcement by our police and judicial departments.

It’s time for the talking to cease and the action to begin when it comes to stopping crime in the Cayman Islands and specifically on Grand Cayman.

We elected the men and women who can pass legislation to help. Now we expect them to act.

We have to get the word out to anyone who would be a criminal that this country will be tough on crime and sentences will be tough.

If all a thief, mugger, robbery or killer is going to get is a slap on the wrist and a negligible sentence there is really no deterrence to crime.