We can help with crime

 From the looks of our front page story today, the Cayman Islands is very scary place to be.

We’ve seen some very bizarre and heinous crimes occur on Grand Cayman recently and while those killings are quite worrisome, so are the statistics coming from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.

Those figures show there has been a 44 per cent increase in serious crimes in Cayman in the first half of 2009 and a 13 per cent hike in overall crime.

Burglaries and thefts are up the most, with 300 burglaries reported in the first six months of this year. That’s 55 per cent more than last year.

Many of us know of people who have been victims of burglaries or thefts and many of us have had the unpleasant experience first-hand.

Crime has gotten so bad that government has come up with a plan of action.

For starters, the RCIPS needs more resources as in people and equipment, which includes closed circuit television cameras.

Business that have been robbed that have CCTVs have been able to hand footage of the robbers over to the police. The cameras can help nab the bad guys.

But the RCIPS needs more. It needs the help of everyone in the community.

There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that people know the perpetrators of various crimes in Cayman, but won’t come forward for either fear or loyalty.

 If we’re going to insist that police solve these crimes, we’re going to have to help.

Anyone with information about crime taking place in the Cayman Islands should contact their local police station or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS). 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.

Commissioner David Baines is giving it his all to boost the police service and ensure that the community at large is protected.

Our police officers work hard and their efforts should be and are appreciated.

We need to give them all of the help and support we can in combating crime in the Cayman Islands.

Tougher legislation also needs to be enacted to deal with criminals.

For many criminals, Northward Prison is a revolving door. Stiffer penalties must be legislated to keep criminals in jail longer instead of letting them out so they can commit more crimes.