Crime is way down
since the beginning of 2011, according to police statistics released Friday night.
The Caymanian Compass
previously reported, and police crime statistics have now confirmed a massive
jump in the number of robberies since the beginning of the year – there were 22
through 17 March, according to police stats, compared to 7 through the same time
last year. However, Police Commissioner David Baines said there were many more reasons for optimism,
if the overall crime rate kept along the same trend.
“The other crime that
last year blighted our lives…burglaries were up last year, this year 51 per cent
down in burglaries – that’s 72 less homes violated across the Islands,” Mr. Baines said Friday at the RCIPS Outstanding Service Awards dinner. “At this time last year we’d
had three murders, so far this year none. Attempted murders; last time this year
we had ten, this year one.
“Serious crime overall,
43 per cent down and all crime is down 27 per cent.”
Those figures are based
on crime reports compiled by the RCIPS between 1 January, 2011 and 17 March,
2011 which are then compared to the same period of 2010. In 2010, Cayman’s
overall violent crime rate stayed almost exactly the same as it had in 2009,
rising by a single offence for the year.
Please see Monday’s editions of the Caymanian Compass for more on this story….