The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service is promising stepped up patrols and have a more visible police presence in the North Side resort area of Rum Point following several criminal incidents as well as drunken-driving and traffic concerns.
Most recently, two teenagers were arrested Sunday in the Rum Point area on suspicion of ganja possession and possession of an offensive weapon – a buck knife. Rum Point is one of Grand Cayman’s most popular beach and boating spots for tourists and residents.
RCIPS officers said this incident was not unique. In recent weeks, officers have received reports of drugs offences, general disorder, even a stabbing that left a 29-year-old man with a slash wound to his arm. Another teenager was arrested in connection with the stabbing.
Police also note traffic problems related to Rum Point “activities” are becoming more common.
“In the most recent fatal road crash, the occupants of the car had been at the beach on the Sunday before the crash and … the driver of that car was arrested on suspicion of DUI and causing death by dangerous driving,” said Janet Dougall, an RCIPS spokesperson.
Heavy police presence was seen in the Rum Point area last weekend, including air operations, marine patrols and K-9 unit patrols in addition to regular patrol officers. The arrests of the 16- and 17-year-olds on Sunday were not planned, but simply a result of having officers in the beach resort area.
“This type of operation will continue in the future,” said RCIPS Sgt. Leslie Laing. “[Rum Point visitors] say it was good to see the officers at Rum Point and … made them feel reassured.”
“We have received a number of reports recently about people being involved in low-level criminality and causing annoyance to the hundreds of law-abiding people who enjoy the regular weekend celebrations,” RCIPS Chief Inspector Martin Bodden Jr. said.
Local police have become increasingly concerned about beach area security since attacks that occurred earlier in the year on Grand Cayman.
In one incident, a vacationing couple was attacked on Barefoot Beach and robbed. There were also two separate incidents along Seven Mile Beach in the area of Calico Jack’s bar that led owners to erect a security perimeter – essentially placing a wall around a beach party that had been held openly on the sand.