Police: 13 per cent drop in total crime

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While certain crimes such as robbery, burglary and firearms possession remain a concern, it does appear local police saw a significant drop in reported crime during the first half of 2012.  

According to Royal Cayman Islands Police Service statistics, nearly every single area of serious crime tracked by the department fell when comparing January through June of this year to the same 
period in 2011.  

The only exceptions were reports of rape, which increased from three in the first half of 2011 to nine in the first half of this year, aggravated burglary (home invasions) which went from just one during January through June 2011 to two through June of this year; and possession of imitation firearms, reports of which went from one to three.  

Every other category of serious crime recorded in the territory either dropped or remained the same.  

Most notably, robberies – which hit an all-time high during 2010 and maintained that level for 
2011 – fell significantly. 

For the first half of this year, there were 26 robberies reported, compared to 40 during the first half of 2011; a 35 per cent drop.  

The number of robbery reports did go up from quarter to quarter. For the first three months of 2012, there were just eight 
robberies reported. The next three months of April, May and June saw a total of 18 robberies – including some high profile heists at two local banks and a heist at the local television 
station operator, WestStar.  

However, the total number of robberies when comparing year-to-year remained far lower than in 2010 and 2011.  

Burglaries remain a problem for the RCIPS, although the figures reported were a bit lower during 2012 than they were during the same period of 2011. Through 30 June, 2011, there had been some 246 burglaries reported, compared to 237 by 30 June, 2012.  

Police Superintendent Marlon Bodden said in August that the number of burglaries had actually reached 293 through 31 July. And seemed to be concentrated around certain areas of Grand Cayman. Fifty-five of the 293 break-ins – about 19 per cent – occurred in homes on the beach side of the West Bay Road/North Church Street area.  

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.  

No other area of Grand Cayman reported more than five break-ins through the end of July. There were 12 new illegal firearms possession cases investigated by police during the first half of 2012, compared to 16 during the same time last year. There were just three cases reported where it was believed an illegal firearms discharge had occurred this year.  

Also of positive note, police have reported no homicides in Cayman for more than a year. The last such case investigated by police was the September 2011 killing of Asher McGaw in East End.  

 

Volume crimes  

Incidents classed as “volume crimes” by police also fell overall when compared with the first half of 2011. However, reports of threatening violence and domestic abuse both rose slightly from year to year.  

Theft offences reported between January and June 2012 dropped sharply – by more than 26 per cent – compared to January through June 2011.  

Common assault cases and damaged property incidents also fell during the first half of the year.  

Drugs arrests dropped as well, by some 16 per cent during the first half 
of this year. 

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RCIPS officers are seen involved in a search for a wanted suspect off Shedden Road. Judging by statistics, police efforts are making a dent in Cayman’s crime rate. – Photo: Brent Fuller

1 COMMENT

  1. I don’t have any evidence there’s anything wrong with these figures but it is worth noting a subtle difference between the wording of the headline and the text of the story.

    In the first paragraph it states – a significant drop in reported crime – that is a bit from an overall reduction in total crime.

    I live in rural part of the UK, our nearest full-time police station is 10 miles away and I count myself lucky because in many areas the distance is much greater. Our local police station is part-time and only opens to the public for a short period three days a week.

    We are not a high crime area, in fact crime is fairly rare, yet Police response times for minor incidents like theft from outbuildings and vandalism runs into days. House burglaries may not be investigated until the following day while minor injury road accidents tend to be dealt with and cleared up before the police arrive.

    As a result our road accident and reported crime figures are also falling because people just don’t bother to call the police any more.

    I am not suggesting this is happening in the Cayman Islands but it is worth remembering that reported crime is exactly that – it is just the incidents the police are told about.

  2. One of the statistics that is mentioned at the beginning of the article but has been ignored thereafter is that of rape. The report indicates a rise from 3 to 9 cases, that’s 66% up folks. A bit of a worry.

  3. Scrumpyone, yes, it may seem like a worrying trend, but I’d read the opposite into it.

    Undoubtedly there will have been many more than the 3 or 9 cases, so the fact there is an increase in reports doesn’t mean there is a greater risk of being raped, just that victims may feel more comfortable reporting the crime.

    …and what Bubba said.

  4. In answer to Mr Evans, there has always been a difference between the amount of actual crime committed and that reported to the authorities and is sometimes referred to as the ‘dark figure of crime’.
    In the UK there are two figures published for crime – that reported to the police and a figure gathered by the British Crime Survey which asks a number of people what their experiences of crime are.
    Neither figure will ever give you a true reading of crime. If a police service is successful, it is suggested more crime will be reported as the community demonstrates confidence in their police service. Where there is little confidence, more will go unrecorded.
    In the end we all have our perceptions of crime, crime we have experienced or witnessed or crime we know about by being told. Our perceptions are also affected by the media, both factual and non factual – a diet of crime news in the local paper or a diet of wall to wall ‘Cop Shows’ does make many think there is more crime than there really is.
    BTW: Mr Evans – a Road Accident is not a crime only any offences pursued as a result of the accident (drink driving, etc.) would be a crime. A road accident is, first and foremost, a civil matter.

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