Robberies rise along 7MB corridor

Although the overall
number of crimes along Grand Cayman’s West Bay
Road/Seven Mile Beach area has stayed almost exactly the same within the past
year, there has been a marked increase in robberies along that

Also, according to
statistics presented to a group of local hotel and condo owners Tuesday
afternoon at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman,
the number of female victims in those robberies between 2008 and 2009 increased

“That’s a new trend that
has surfaced,” Royal Cayman Islands Police Inspector Anthony White told the
group of about three dozen at the Ritz, adding that statistically males are much
more likely to be victims in robberies than females. “It’s a bit of an anomaly.”

Mr. White said there were six
robberies reported each year along West Bay Road for 2008 and 2009. However,
in the first five months in 2009, there was just one robbery reported in the
West Bay
Road area.

Between January and May
of this year, four robberies have occurred in that area. 

According to Inspector
White, the main trouble spot in the area since 2008 has been Helen Drive –
located across the street from Captain’s Bakery and the St. Matthews University residence hall. There were nine total
criminal offences reported there, including five robberies.

Mr. White said it’s not a
bad neighbourhood. However, he said the number of people who are out late attending bars and parties at clubs in Queens Court and
Whitehall make
it fertile ground for criminals seeking an easy score.

Most robberies took place
in the area between 11.30pm and 2am, and all the victims involved were attacked
while walking down the street.

“There’s usually alcohol
involved for the victim,” Mr. White said, noting that Thursday, Friday and
Saturday night were when most of the robberies tended to happen.

Overall crime along the
West Bay
Road corridor stayed the same when comparing the
first five months of 2009 and the first five months of 2010, and the number of
burglaries actually sharply decreased during that time.

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