Editorial for September 7: Hold nightclubs accountable

There was a time, not all that long
ago, that going out to a nightclub on Grand Cayman was fun and safe.

Those days are apparently over.

Over the past few years, nightclub
violence has increased steadily. Shootings, stabbings and fights have become
commonplace.

Just this weekend, two men were
stabbed outside one of the West Bay Road nightclubs. This would have been
front-page news five or six years ago, but now it did not even merit the top
story on page 5 of Monday’s newspaper. It ended up on page 5 simply because
this kind of thing happens so often these days it’s no longer as newsworthy as
it once was.

The question becomes, then, what
are the authorities doing to reduce nightclub violence?

Clubs might argue that most of the
violence is taking place outside of their establishments, and that might be
true enough. However, the incidents that predicate the violence often take
place inside the clubs. In addition, if there is a known problem with violence
outside of the clubs, then there should be more measures established to prevent
it from happening.

Part of the problem probably has to
do with drunkenness. It’s time clubs are held accountable for knowingly serving
people who have already had too much to drink not only because of the violence
it can bring out in people, but also for the road hazard it is creating because
of drink driving.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. This is another editorial that only highlights the useless purpose of the Private Security Law that was passed in Cayman in 2007/2008.

    If there is one area that needed special and urgent attention within the private security sector, it was that of nightclub and licensed premises security as violence and even deaths have been steadily on the rise for some years now.

    Proper venue security does not eradicate the problem totally but it lessens the chances through proper searching, monitoring of alcohol consumption levels and conflict management and ejections.

    Specialised training programs were requested, provided and then totally rejected at the inception of this law, probably because the best programs offered did not come from the ‘preferred’ providers, who had no experience or expertise in this particular area.

    If anyone in authority really cared about nightclub and entertainment violence, they would have used this law to address the situation.

    Unfortunately, in some circles, alcohol and violence equals money and that is all that really matters to them.

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  2. I think people should be responsible for theirselves and their own actions. You can’t blame the nightclubs for what their customers are doing.I think people just want someone to blame for their mistakes. If you’re out drinking you should know your limit. Club goers are not children, and they should stop putting action before thought.

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