The Caymanian Compass was disappointed, to say the least, to
see four armed robberies occurring at local businesses in the space of a week –
most of them in broad daylight.
We at the newspaper recognise and fully accept just how
fragile our idyllic lifestyle here can be and are just as angry as everyone
else that some small percentage of fools wearing hoodies and masks feel it is
their right to forcibly take from someone else at the point of a gun.
However, if one looks around the territory, there is reason
to hope the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service and the community as a whole,
is finally starting to get a handle on what this crime issue actually means and
how, in some instances, it can be prevented.
For the first quarter of 2012, there were only eight
robberies reported to police. That is a huge success for the RCIPS. Also,
members of the public will have seen in one recent robbery and in two other
incidents involving handguns [whether real or bogus], police officers making
arrests at or near the scene of the crime often at great risk to themselves.
We also saw fairly recently a pair of 12-year prison
sentences for possession of firearms, and the arrest by US authorities – with
the cooperation of the RCIPS – of two Caymanian suspects allegedly involved in
an international gun-running operation that brought potentially scores of
weapons here in 2008 and 2009.
The police, and dare we say the court system, are starting
to make the right moves – in our humble view – with regard to handling violent
offenders. The police officers on the street, it seems to us, are also starting
to lift their heads up and defend the territory from these mindless thugs in a
manner which can make us all proud.
Crime will never be fully eradicated anywhere. In Cayman,
the daily threat to our peace and prosperity is far less than almost everywhere
else in the world.
We believe the actions now being undertaken by our criminal
justice apparatus, if they are followed through, will continue to ensure that
threat is kept to a minimum.