Editorial for May 12: Crime series begins today

Today the Caymanian Compass begins a series taking a good hard look at crime in the Cayman Islands.

Each Thursday you will be able to find Compass Point Crime beginning on page 11 of the Compass.

Our series begins in this edition on page 1 and continues inside.

Our photo journalists assigned to this special report have spent many hours conducting interviews, doing research, asking questions and probing to find out just where Cayman is situated when it comes to crime.

We decided to do the series because it is almost a daily mantra heard throughout Grand Cayman, at least, that crime is out of control.

Is it?

Or is it just perception?

Through this series we hope to answer those questions and to come up with some reasons why we do experience certain types of crime.

Today we talk to business owners who have seen the brunt of crimes and find out how they’re coping and how they will continue to do business.

We also look at crime’s effects on tourism and the precarious position this country could find itself in if crime does indeed get out of control.

As Mr. Harry Lalli, president of the Cayman Islands Tourism Association, says in our tourism and crime article, “Every island has a beach, has the sun, the sand and the surf just like Cayman does, but one of our biggest selling points always was that it was a safe destination…it had never been an issue.” According to the latest statistics from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, crime and tourism shouldn’t be an issue. According to their figures, crime is off about 32 per cent compared to the same time last year.

But we’re not going to rest on our laurels and look at statistics only. As you read this Compass Point Crime series you’ll hear stories from real people – those who have committed crimes and those who have been the victims.

We’ll look at court statistics and take a trip through Her Majesty’s Prison system. A lot of hard work has gone into this series. We hope you enjoy it.