It used to be, not all that long ago, that residents of Grand Cayman
didn’t lock their house or car doors. There was so little crime here, there was
scarcely the need to take such precautionary measures.
Sadly, those days are gone.
Crimes of all types are much more prevalent these days, thefts
The Christmas season, when people are doing a lot gift shopping, is an
attractive time for would-be thieves to take advantage of unsuspecting
That is why it is important for everyone to raise their awareness of how
to make themselves less vulnerable to thefts during the holidays.
Thieves often commit crimes of opportunity that present the least amount
of resistance. For instance, if you’ve just gone Christmas gift shopping,
have left bags of future presents in the back seat of your car for all to see,
and have also left your doors unlocked or your windows down, a would-be thief
might move to steal your precious packages even if he or she wouldn’t have been
inclined to do so otherwise.
It is important that when Christmas gift shoppers must leave their cars
unattended that they put valuables where they can’t be seen in a vehicle, lock
all doors and roll up all windows.
But holiday crimes aren’t confined to vehicles. Thieves know that there
is potential booty placed right below Christmas trees all over the
island. Gifts, like jewellery, which might otherwise be kept in a safer
location, are sometimes kept right out in the middle of the room, or possibly
right next to a window. It is therefore also important that residents
take extra steps to secure their homes during the holiday season, doing what
they can to make it more difficult for thieves to gain entrance into their
The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service recognises the added theft
threat during the holiday season and because of that, officers will be outside
major supermarkets on Friday afternoon to help advise residents about
protecting their property.
We recommend residents take a few minutes to speak with the
officers so they can reduce their chances of becoming a victim of crime.