Editorial for 03 October: Robberies have become norm


CUC robbed in broad daylight.

By armed men.

And they got away.


Perhaps we were lulled into a sense of false security the
past week following two weeks of gruesome crime. It seemed as if everything had
settled down. Things had gone quiet.

Until Friday, when gunmen entered the Caribbean Utilities
Company on North Sound Way around 3ish in the afternoon.

We don’t know how much money they took from the utility. It
really doesn’t matter.

What does matter is that it happened.

Any business in the Cayman Islands, and especially on Grand
Cayman, should – by now – have a plan in place to deal with thieves.

Just as we all should have a hurricane plan in place for our
homes and businesses during this time of year, all businesses should have some
guidelines of what employees should do if, and unfortunately these days when, a
robbery occurs.

In our sister publication the Journal, which comes out
Wednesday, there is an article advising business owners what to do if there
premises is robbed.

In the article, the writer rightfully states businesses must
be prepared to the reality they are probably going to be robbed.

What an unfortunate statement to have to make, but it is

Nowadays, it seems every business owner from the mom and pop
shop in each district to the big wigs like banks and CUC, must have a plan in
place of what to do in case thieves burst through their doors.

One of the things the Journal writer suggests is for places
of business to make robbery less profitable for thieves; in other words, don’t
have too much cash on hand.

The writer makes a litany of suggestions, all of which are
spot on and should be heeded by every business person in the Cayman Islands.

It’s a sad day when we have to accept the idea businesses
are more than likely to be targets of thievery, but we don’t have to be


  1. No disrespect intended but this is a rather lame and patheitc editorial by Caycompass.

    My last post, which is intended to focus on the incompetence and inadequacy of David Baines, as Commissioner of Police for the Cayman Islands, is only supported by this editorial and another report in today’s Caycompass report on Merseyside Chief Constable, Jon Murphy and 16 Liverpool police officers being brought to Cayman to do the job that David Baines and the RCIPS should be doing.

    CC Jon Murphy has done and is doing much more than appealing to the public for information, to control Liverpool’s gang and gun crime, one of the highest in the UK.

    If David Baines does not have the capability and experience to do the same for Cayman, what qualifies him to be Commissioner of Police for Cayman, any at all ?

    For Caycompass to excuse his inadequacies and failing performance with a ‘limp throwing the hands in the air’ inevitability is doing the situation absolutely no good, imo.

  2. firery:
    The attack on these criminals must have at least two thrusts:
    -police action leading to charges and convictions
    -defensive, planned action by likely targets of the criminals.
    To say nothing of public acceptance of the background of familial inadequacy, lack of discipline in almost all areas of young life etc etc.

  3. Old Hand

    We both know that the problem is complex and didn’t start just yesterday…especially the root causes but…

    Every single society in the world is facing these particular problems right now.

    What disturbs me is that within the last 2 years, the armed confrontations/robberies have escalated to exceedingly dangerous proportions without any obvious escalation in the methods necessary to quell or control it…methods that are already in place and used by the very same people that you are now going to be required to pay them to consult with the same people who are already being paid to do the job.

    If the CoP of Cayman was the CEO of a corporation, that corporation’s board would have fired him a long time ago, not bring in consultants who they would have to pay extra to advise him on how to do a job for which he is already being well-paid to do and is obviously not doing very well at.

    They would cut their losses, fire him and hire one of the more qualified consultants, instead.

    Did you know that the consultant industry is the biggest money-making ‘moonlighting’ careers of high-ranking police officers in the UK ?…and that the UK police forces allow this activity to parachute their members into well-paying roles and even own their own consultants businesses when their government careers are over, with fully paid pensions ?

    It looks like the CI Government is funding the retirement nests of these senior UK police officers while getting very little in return for their investment, to me !

    When I hear about methods in place that are working to apprehend, arrest, charge and convict these criminals, I will say something different.

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