Editorial for May 5: Risky business

Many in Cayman are celebrating two local heroes who disarmed, chased and detained two would-be robbers Monday.

With the increasing incidence of armed robberies and the sparsity of apprehension of perpetrators, people welcome news of a robbery foiled to by two local passersby, who heroically nabbed the bad guys. Cayman might not have Batman or Spiderman to fight crime, but we seemingly have Fisherman, or to be precise, the dynamic duo of fishermen.

Despite this being such a good news story for residents, we shouldn’t lose sight of two very important things: firstly, that what the fishermen did was extremely dangerous and could have, had the shotgun been loaded in the hands of a nervous triggerman, led to tragedy. Happily, things worked out well, but members of the public shouldn’t see this episode as a call for widespread vigilante justice.  In the end, robbers are looking for things like cash and valuables, material possessions that can be replaced. Human life cannot be replaced.

The other thing we must consider is the age of these two bad guys, who are really just boys of 17 and 18. Although these boys are quite possibly the apples of their parents’ eyes, they have turned into gun-toting, robbing criminals who deserve to feel the full brunt of the penal code.

But how did these boys, like those who robbed the tourists in East End and others suspected of robberies, end up like this, especially in Cayman where there has been such a low historical incidence of armed crimes?

Some would have us believe that because expatriates are holding jobs that Caymanians are entitled to, young men have no choice but to resort to crime. We say that is utter hogwash.

However, it is true that having young men leave school without any skills or even the ability to read and write sufficiently enough to get a decent job, and then sit idle on this materialistic Island with trappings of wealth all around, is simply a recipe for crime.

It might be risky business for two local heroes to disarm and apprehend two robbers, but it is truly dangerous to continue to allow our education system to graduate aimless young men with no skills.


  1. I would like to respond to this excellent editorial by Caycompass.

    This entire episode is a picture of truth for Cayman’s society, for those who are seeking the truth.

    Every point raised in the editorial has its own truth to tell…

    First of all, these type of citiizen’s actions happen all the time on the spur of the moment; maybe not so often in any one country but they do happen.

    These men reacted in a way that many others would have done, and for the same reasons and their explanation is highly plausible; so is their warning to other members of the public.

    Secondly, at 17-18 years of age, it is clear that these two armed robbers are Caymanian lads.

    They had to have been born in the Cayman Islands and that makes them Caymanian.

    This puts to question the people who are quick to blame these type of crimes on expatriates first and to absolve their own; being caught red-handed will answer a lot of outstanding questions.

    Thirdly, the editorial point of the education system bears out my reasoning; the editor accepts that these kids are the products of a broken and disfunctional system and that situation needs to be addressed but…

    The two men who apprehended these two armed robbers are Caymanian as well, from the same broken education system but…

    The difference is; these men live by different principles.

    They do not sit down and mourn their circumstances and plan to take from others; they get up everyday and do something honest for a living, they work at changing things in their own favour.

    This is where the truth needs to touch every Caymanian, for things to ever change for the better.

    Where a culture of dishonesty and greed has taken over Caymanian society is where this truth needs to be recognised.

    Where the government and law enforcement systems have in place laws that forbid the reporting and recognition of apprehended suspects identities is where dishonesty is being rewarded.

    Where there are no programs in place to galvanise these idle, uneducated youths who love material possessions and bling so is where dishonesty needs to be recognised.

    A program of national service would do some of these lazy youths well; if you can point a gun and run as well in training as you can in robberies, your lazy behinds might do well on a proper cadet training ground as part of your sentencing with some proper drill instructers trained in unarmed combat.

    A few well-applied bruises might well cure you of your love for taking from others what you have not worked for.

    But, Caymanians need to first look at their society in the mirror, with honest eyes.

    After all, the four main players in this episode, two men on each side of the spectrum, are Caymanians, are they not ?

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