More than two-thirds of the 545 respondents to last week’s caycompass.com 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.
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