Online poll: Violent crime affecting lives

More than two-thirds of the 545 respondents to last week’s online poll who live on Grand Cayman say the spate of violent crime here is affecting the way they live either tremendously or a good amount. 

The largest segment of respondents – 170 people or 31.2 per cent – said violent crime in Grand Cayman was affecting the way they live a good amount. 

“It more has a psychological effect than anything else right now,” said one person. “I’m much more conscious of my surroundings and take a more active approach to securing my apartment/car/self.” 

“We are planning on leaving because of it, and I haven’t lived anywhere else,” said another respondent. “The crime rate is too large for such a tiny country.” 

“Not feeling safe causes one’s lifestyle and habits to change unconsciously,” said someone else. “Caymanian residents can no longer enjoy the old Cayman lifestyle. People are always … in fear that they will be the victim of the next burglary.  

“I don’t go out at night nearly as much as I used to and I make sure all my doors and windows are locked,” said someone else. “I also keep a baseball bat next to my bed.”  

“I believe I understand why the good Lord allows us only a finite period of time on this earth,” said another person. “I can’t imagine what my grandmother would think of Cayman today. It is best she is gone now. And I too am becoming a stranger in my own land.” 

Almost as many respondents – 168 people or 30.8 per cent – said violent crime on Grand Cayman was affecting their way of life tremendously. 

“I’m very careful now when walking in parking lots, especially at night, or after withdrawing money from the bank,” said one person. “I also try to hide things away in my car so they can’t be seen from the windows.” 

“I actually made a move to a gated community with camera surveillance out of fear,” said someone else. “Never thought that would happen to me in Cayman.” 

“I stopped plans to open a new retail outlet and I no longer leave the house after dark without being with someone,” said another person. “Cayman has become a very dangerous place to live.” 

Another large segment of respondents – 112 people or 20.5 per cent – said the violent crime was affecting the way the lived only a little. 

“It just makes me more nervous and less inclined to live here, given there seems no way to prevent this crime,” said one person. “It’s just getting worse.” 

“I refuse to let myself be terrorised by this minority in our community, but I do take some extra precautions for my own safety and that of my children,” said someone else. 

“I take more precautions – security system, more vigilant when alone, etc,” commented another respondent. 

Only 39 people – 7.2 per cent – said the violent crime wasn’t affecting their life at all. 

“Grand Cayman is a very safe place to live,” said one person. “Lived in West Bay for 28 years.” 

Fifty-one people – 9.4 per cent – responded that they didn’t live on Grand Cayman. 

“I will skip my annual visit to Cayman this year because of the crime,” said one person. “I’m not afraid of it, but it all makes me sick seeing Cayman decay.” 

“I left because of it,” said someone else. 

“We have visited Grand Cayman about 16 times in previous years and hoped to visit again, but we are deterred by the crime,” said another person. “Such a shame because we always felt so safe in Grand Cayman. 

Five people – 0.9 per cent – responded ‘I don’t know’ to the question. 


Next week’s poll question 

How confident are you that Cayman’s economy 

is rebounding? 

Very confident 

Somewhat confident 

Not so confident 

Not confident at all 

I don’t know. 

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  1. As a vistor for over 24yrs…my question is (I know some of the answers) but would like to hear what is different today on this small island, that is not the size of New York?

  2. It baffles me how the Caymanian people are willing to tolerate the level of criminal behavior and violence which now exists in the country.
    Children shot and killed, women raped and murdered, men and women shot in the face and now women disappearing what will it take to arouse the Caymanian people into action?
    With each horror story I think this will do it but sadly I am mistaken. I believed Estella’s rape and murder would stir up the people but the trend continued.
    The country’s crime is out of control. Anyone can disappear and a national state of emergency needs to be declared and the thugs rounded up and shown that they do not rule the country.
    I am an expat for god’s sake and it is not my country but I care about it and am outraged.
    What is going on here?

  3. The basic problem is that everything has to be hidden from the public, or it was in the past. Just shove it under the carpet so to speak and it will go away! Trouble is it doesn’t and it just keeps getting worse!

  4. I have lived in West Bay for 28 years and I have only witness petty crimes raising since 2008, with the whole world in hard times.

    The problem could stem from to many people on work permits with no income or minimum income. Employers bring these workers to Cayman and then put them out on the street to find work when there is no work. I have seen this in the construction industry and pretty sure that this goes on in other fields.

  5. Our elected politicians have the best interest and safety of the people in mind each and every day they go to work, and are doing a fine job if i may say so.

    fiew, i feel safer now.

  6. We need a new police force with a commissioner of police that knows what they are doing, not one that’s busy getting tanned and drinking red stripe and ting up in rum point every weekend while the crooks bask in their terror of the country.

    Then again, could this commissioner be one that couldn’t care less because he will be getting a handsome pension and retirement package when his tenure is up??

    With all those bells and whistles, the commissioner can get on the airwaves and lash out at people because they don’t want to talk to their officers whom rats out everyone who calls in with a tip.

    If you can’t handle the job get off it!!

    The country is sinking fast, on one side by the greedy ignorance of the UDP Govt. and on the other side by the criminals. We are all in this boat together we all need to decide if we are going to run it ashore or plug the leaks!!

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