Police: WB road, Prospect are burglary hotspots

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The Cayman Islands reported nearly 300 burglaries occurring during the first seven months of this year.  

Although that is a slight decrease from the same seven months of 2011, Royal Cayman Islands Police Service Superintendent Marlon Bodden said burglaries remained a concern – especially in specific areas of Grand Cayman – for investigators.  

Out of the 293 break-ins that happened between 1 January, 2012, and 31 July, 2012, Mr. Bodden said 55 of those – about 19 per cent – occurred in homes on the beach side of the West Bay Road/North Church 
Street area.  

According to police, another 24 break-ins happened in the Windsor Park/Walkers Road area, 18 occurred in the Prospect area and eight more occurred on the land side of the West Bay Road/North Church Street area.  

Most other areas of the Islands identified by police had only reported four or five burglaries since the beginning of 2012. 

Mr. Bodden said a number of factors were leading to the burglaries including the Islands current economic situation and certain homes that were being targeted by offenders where residents had not taken “suitable” preventative steps.  

The largest contributing factor in the crimes was carelessness, he said.  

“Individuals fail to lock doors, windows and leave valuables exposed,” he said.  

Mr. Bodden said police were focusing their efforts in the identified “hot spot” areas, essentially where the largest number of break-ins were occurring. However, he said criminal suspects generally gravitate to other areas if patrols become too intense in one section of the Island.  

“It’s like a balloon; you squeeze one end and it comes out the other,” Mr. Bodden said.  

Particular items being targeted in the home break-ins included flat-screen TVs, jewellery and smaller electronic devices. However, Mr. Bodden said simply items such as food and toiletries were also being taken in some cases.  

Although no specific government regulations exist for how pawn shops and second hand stores must handle property they receive, Mr. Bodden said police work closely with those businesses in detecting whether stolen property has changed hands.  

Handling or purchasing stolen items in Cayman is also a crime. 

Marlon Bodden

Superintendent Marlon Bodden speaks at police headquarters on Wednesday. – Photo: Brent Fuller

5 COMMENTS

  1. The largest contributor is the thief and the investigators ought to concentrate on the known ones so as to close them down.
    The balloon theory may have some credibility with drug transhipments but not with chasing burglars to different areas.

  2. It is pretty sad to hear from authorities that contributing factors are island’s current economy and carelessness. I have had several years ago a conversation with an Officer from RCIP about all the suspicious people and movements I could see at night and if I could see it so could they. His reccomendations were to put more locks on doors and windows and security cameras. I think it is a big mistake to think as the solution to create individuals fortresess. Education is the long time solution. The short one is to patrol more, ask questions and make RCIP more visible all around the island and make sure penalties correspond with the crime. Sure it requires trained personel, but police main job is to prevent crime by their work rather tahn tell people do not be careless. Also to compare our crime rates with other places is not a good trend. We will end up like other locations if we accept that it is not that bad here. The other places also changed slowly and accepted that bigger societies have crime. We should aim for no crime at all!

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