Editorial for 05 June: Don’t panic

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.

 

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4 COMMENTS

  1. I do not understand what we are proud about. Is there any pride in sending unarmed officers to face armed thugs? What exactly are we saying?
    The life of a policeman should not depend on whether or not the criminal has a conscience, because many do not. If that robber had fired the flare gun at the police and killed or maimed him, what would have been the post? ‘Foolish Policeman Shot’?

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  2. The Don’t Panic title to this editorial is missing the reality for some people living in Cayman. They are already living in fear. It is a sad fact that some in Cayman are afraid on a daily basis.

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  3. Was I asleep?

    The Compass states, arrest by US authorities with the cooperation of the RCIPS.

    When did that press release come out from the RCIPS? More likely the US developed and carried out their own case without any assistance from RCIPS. Remember, one gentleman was allowed to run around Cayman, get caught, get acquitted and was ONLY arrested when he went back to the US.

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  4. I endorse, in part, what the Editorial for 05 June states. Yes, for the first quarter 2012 only 8 robberies reported to the police. However, let that not be reason to let our guard down with a false assumption that crime is under control. Neither should we pat ourselves on the back by saying crime will never be fully eradicated anywhere. We don’t live in a perfect world and as the Bible states, The heart (nature) of man is deceitful and desperately wicked… That’s why there will always be crime.

    Specifically, the problem with crime in Cayman is that some home and business owners fail to take common sense steps to protect themselves and their property. For example, the restaurant what was robbed recently when the cash pan was snatched. The business owners learn from a previous similar robbery. They continued to keep the cash pan in the same (vulnerable) location. Also, access was gained because of a flimsy door lock. What about the same gas station that was robbed more than one in similar fashion? Or cashiers and registers that are not given ample protection?

    Several businesses make it real easy for burglars to break in and these thugs are fully aware of that. So called security guards at businesses are unarmed, while the criminal is armed. If the firearm is real or fake no one wants to find out.

    Come on Caymanians, wake up. This is is the real world – this is 21st century Cayman. Take all precautions to protect life and property and make more and more difficult to become crime victims.

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