Online poll: Parents shoulder crime blame

Almost two-thirds of respondents to last week’s online poll blame parents the most for Grand Cayman’s rise in gang crime. 

Of the 887 respondents, 582 of them – 65.6 per cent – blamed parents most.  

“Parents need to know what their child or children are doing and know as much as they can about their friends and their friends’ parents,” said one person.  

“Parenthood is not just having the child and then things fall into place. The parent has to be there to protect them.  

They might not like your rules, but you are the parent.” 

“When these gang members were in their formative years, not enough time was spent with them to teach them right from wrong and reality from fantasy,” said 
someone else.  

“They were left alone after school to fend for themselves and came up with negative activities to occupy themselves. We are reaping now what we sowed then.” 

“Parenting is a serious job and far too many people get into it with no real desire to do a good job,” said another respondent. “Blaming anyone else for a child’s problems is refusing to take responsibility. Irresponsible parents produce irresponsible offspring.” 

“When children are born to unfit parents, gangs offer them the sense of belonging and kinship that they were never provided in their home life,” said one person. “That is exactly what is happening on Grand Cayman. I am a teacher, and I see this void in children’s lives here on a daily basis. If Cayman would catch up with the rest of the world and legalise abortion, we would see a sharp decrease of gang activity in 18 years time, due to a sharp decrease of unwanted, accidental children that were born to careless young parents.” 

“Too many parents stopped parenting and now they wonder why their sons turned out to be common thugs,” commented someone else. 

Several people blamed the gangs on the lack of two parents. 

“This is the result of broken homes and single mothers not able to control the kids,” said one person. 

The second largest segment of respondents – 102 people or 11.5 per cent – blamed the elected government most for the gang crime. 

“Government is in the pockets of big business and could care less if those poor fools kill each other all day long, until it started to look bad for business,” said one person. 

“Before the rollover policy, Cayman was a safe, wonderful place to be,” said someone else.  

“The rollover policy removed all the steady, hardworking people and the criminals have been allowed in.” 

Another 93 people – 10.5 per cent – blamed the police most. 

“Seems to me that the police put out a press release a few months back stating that there were no gangs in the Cayman,” said one person.  

“Were they trying to ignore the problem hoping it would go away, or did they want to keep it quiet not to scare the tourists?” 

“If the governor and the police followed the strategy employed when Rudy Giuliani was mayor of New York City, there would be very little crime in Cayman at this point,” said someone else. 

Twenty-three people – 2.6 per cent – blamed expatriates the most for gang crime. 

“These people need to leave Cayman now if our brothers and sisters are going to get a job,” said one person. “They can’t do it because expats are here.” 

Sixteen people – 1.8 per cent – blamed the schools most. 

“I don’t like to say the schools are to blame, because it’s more of our country’s lack of supporting the education system,” said one person. “Our facilities are poor, our administrators and teachers do not have the resources they need, nor is the curriculum up to par to other countries. Cayman, as a community, needs to invest in education from preschool to university level.  

Additionally, we need to have parents become more involved with the child’s education and taking responsibilty.” 

Another 71 people – 8 per cent – responded ‘other’ to the question. A large segment of these people blamed the gang members themselves. 

“I am saddened that all of the other choices seek to shift the blame away from the responsible parties,” said one person. “No matter the nature of the individual’s upbringing, I cannot believe they did not learn that killing and robbing are wrong. They simply choose to do evil. They know better.” 

“The ignorant little brats themselves,” said someone else. 

“Bad decisions made by people who have not been held accountable for their actions,” said another person. 

Other respondents blamed other factors most. 

“The decline in Christian values, the easy access to everything that children get nowadays to everything they want, not being taught that they have to work for anything, the lack of parental involvement and the failing education system that plagues Cayman,” said one person. “The whole community plays a part,” said someone else.  

“Some young people are not getting the love and discipline from their parents, the education system has failed most of them and the unemployment rate for Caymanians is way too high compared to the amount of work permits for many of the jobs that locals can and will do.  

The police are also to blame because for far too long they have not concentrated on what they consider minor offences and thus this escalates into more major offences being committed.” 

“The outside influences such as television, Internet and some visitors,” said another respondent. 

“The decline of the family mixed with a combination of the above items and the rapidly increasing divide between the haves and have-nots,” said someone else. 

One respondent didn’t like the poll question. 

“Frankly now is not the time to assign blame, but to search for solutions. Why not add the media as another group if we are looking to assign blame?” 


Next week’s poll question 

If Cayman elections were held today, who would you vote for? 

The UDP candidates 

The PPM candidates 

A new third party’s candidates 

Independent candidates 

I wouldn’t vote even though I can 

I can’t vote in Cayman 

To participate in this poll, please visit 

Online poll - Gang Crime

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  1. Okay. So the parents are to blame for bad parenting in the kid’s formative years. Now what? These hoodlums need to be rounded up and imprisoned or deported immediately. I am in the process of relocating to Grand Cayman with my family because I always heard it was safe and civil. Rest assured that property values at the high end are falling right now due to the crime which hurts everyone. I know. I benefited from it in my purchase.

  2. There are alcoholic or drug addicted parents and families of criminals who everyone knows about and who people try to ignore. These children are perfect recruits for the gangs. It is unfortunate that the Cayman society views these people as disposable and does little to draw them back into mainstream society.

  3. And what proportion of these 65.6 % who blame parents have been or are parents?
    Arithmetic suggests that a proportion of these blamers are themselves responsible?
    Or have we reached the point that anyone without a calculator or a computer might be able to see this?
    And what proportion of those who did not blame parents are themselves parents?
    Much food for thought, indeed.