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 corridor.

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 significantly.

“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 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

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

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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