A large majority of the respondents to last week’s caycompass.com online polls see crime as the Cayman Islands’ biggest issue in 2010.
Of the 603 total respondents 431 people – 71.5 per cent – saw crime as the main issue over the past year.
“All of the listed issues are worrisome, but none more so than the increase in crimes such as armed robberies and home invasions,” said one respondent. “Unless something is done to reverse this trend, everything Cayman has gained in the last 40 years will be lost.”
“Crime has escalated over the past year, but especially more so as the global economic recession started to take a grip in our society,” said someone else. “What’s even more disturbing, however, is the view that members of our society have taken, being that these crimes are justified because people are out of work. Criminal activities at no time should be condoned. Irrespective of one’s personal situation, turning to crime and violence is never the solution. I shudder to think what our future society will be like if this is the type of message and the mentality that we are instilling in our current generation.”
“Cayman is more and more looking like an expensive version of Jamaica and so many other crime-infested Caribbean countries,” said another respondent.
“I have a strong desire to work in the Caymans,” said someone from overseas. “It is a beautiful country, however crime is putting a nasty stain on the island. Is it safe to work and live there now? Attacks on the elderly, businesses, and home invasions make me think twice.”
The next largest segment of respondents – which was only 45 people or 7.6 per cent – said unemployment was the biggest issue of 2010 in Cayman, while 43 people – 7.1 per cent – thought it was the government budget crisis.
Thirty-six people – 5.9 per cent – thought the cost of living was the biggest issue of 2010 and 34 people – 5.6 per cent – thought it was Cayman’s population decline.
“The cost of living affects the quality of life, determines whether or not persons can afford to meet basic needs and, if not controlled, leads to unemployment and crime,” said one respondent.
“Population decline equals poor economy,” said someone else.
“Poor economy equals rising cost of living, unemployment and increased crime. Pretty simple logic, but judging by the wayward decisions of this and the previous government in Cayman, maybe logic is not a simple thing to grasp for some.”
Fourteen people – 2.3 per cent – responded “other” to the question, with many of them commenting “all of the above” or a version of that response.
“All of the above except the government budget crisis,” said one person. “That’s not a concern to the public.”
“I think all of the above are the biggest issues for 2010,” said someone else. “The cost of living is outrageous and unemployment is on the rise, thus all the crime that is taking place.”
A few people noted that some of the answers were interrelated.
“The government making unwise decisions, causing a snowball effect,” said another respondent. “Their policies causing people to leave, population decline causing less requirement for services, less services required causing unemployment and a rise in cost of living, therefore causing people to turn to crime. Get to the root of the problem.”
Other answers from respondents included the “government’s intrusion into press”, “the way Caymanians treat expats” and the rollover policy.