Editorial for 05 March: Crime drop welcome news

It’s welcome news that overall crime dropped from 2010 to

It’s unfortunate, though, that robberies continue to plague
the Cayman Islands, specifically Grand Cayman.

What we do find heartening is the fact that there has been a
50 per cent drop in traffic offences; down from a whopping 9,000 to 4,500 in
the span of a year.

There were still too many traffic accidents, but the number
of people drink driving and driving without a seat belt fell.

The number of DUIs fell by 21 per cent, and while that is
good news, it isn’t enough. We welcome the day when no one gets behind the
wheel of moving vehicle while inebriated. Those who do put themselves and other
drivers in harms way. We have had our share of the loss of innocent lives in
the Cayman Islands because someone made the bad decision to get behind the
wheel of a vehicle after a bout of drinking alcohol.

It’s good news that burglaries dropped and that there was
one fewer robbery, but robberies were at an all-time high in 2010.

Blame it on the economy, the weather or whatever you will,
the number of assaults was up in 2010, and that isn’t anything anyone can blame
on the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service. People treating other people badly
can’t be controlled; it’s just something the police service has to come in and
clean up after the offence.

Our police service is to be commended for the overall drop
in crime numbers in the Cayman Islands.

At the end of the day it is the people who live and play in
our Islands who are responsible for crime numbers.

We can only hope that this new year – 2012 – sees a further
drop in crime numbers. But it is up to each and every one of us to ensure that
those numbers do indeed drop.