Two pedestrians robbed downtown

Robbers struck early on New Year’s Day and again at night of the same day, with both attacks occurring in the downtown George Town area.

Royal Cayman Islands Police Service investigators said there was nothing to suggest the robberies were connected, but noted they were still looking into the incidents and were “keeping an open mind”.

The first robbery happened around 4.15am Tuesday along North Church Street. Police said a man walking along the road was approached by four young men who assaulted him and stole his jewellery and wallet.

It is believed that the four males then left the scene in a silver coloured motorcar.

The second incident occurred at 9.15pm in the vicinity of Goring Avenue and Miss Kippy Lane. In that case, a man was approched by three males, one who was armed with a knife. The robbers demanded that the victim hand over all valuables in his possession, police said.

The man gave the suspects his belongings, and afterward police said the suspects assaulted the victim before running away.

Police did not state how badly either robbery victim was hurt in the assaults.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. Four young men with a car looking to rob people. Not long before they kill someone…..this type of crime needs a minimum of 10 years in prison – if they harm someone, life in prison. Cayman needs zero tolerance on this type of crime – it damages both the victim and the country!

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  2. Bubba,

    I don’t think it matters if the unfortunate victims were tourists, locals, men, women, etc. This is a heinous crime period and the perpetrators whould be dealt with harshly when caught and convicted. Show them as much mercy as they had on their victims.

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  3. A very important reason I visit Grand Cayman each year is the perception that my wife and I are unlikely to be attacked by criminals. I suspect the relative safety of the Caymans is important to other visitors. If people are not safe walking on the beach or walking about the streets, tourism will decrease. I suggest that police presence may need to be significantly increased.

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  4. Mango Picker

    Theres maybe more to this than meets the eye. so forgive me if I want to see. This may be a smptom of a larger problem.

    As for the law being the answer, thats certainly a point to consider.I want you to take the time to do some comparisons to the population ratio to police officers in some other places. You might be surprised. 350 officers policing an island with a population of some 55000 people.WOW!

    So you see, theres more to it than meets the eye. Certainly hope youre not a police officer and look a little deeper. I could have asked more questions.

    Editor’s note: Actually, the last story we had on the matter revealed there are more than 400 police officers now employed in the Cayman Islands.

    http://www.compasscayman.com/caycompass/2012/11/14/Cayman-police-get-sizeable–staff-increase/

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  5. Bubba, if you want to go down the ratio route try this.

    The Cayman Islands covers just over 100 square miles with a population a bit over 50K and 400 police officers.

    I live in a UK county that covers 2000 square miles, much of it relatively inaccessible, with a population of around 900K. Do you know how many police officers we have? Around 1600 plus 250 PCSOs (Police Community Support Officers) and 700 volunteer Special Constables. They operate a fleet of around 400 vehicles. We also have a dedicated crime lab but use air support from the next county south.

    The crime rate in the policing area where I live is just about zero (and that’s an area much larger than the Cayman Islands with about four times the population but covered by under 100 police officers) and do you know why? Because people still look out for each other. If we see something suspicious the police get called, if they are a bit slow arriving there are always plenty of volunteers to step in.

    I may be getting cynical in my old age but having seen the Cayman Islands develop over the past two decades, and more, it looks to me like certain sections of your population are developing a city centre ghetto mentality. If you want to remain in the tourism and banking industry you need to get a grip on that and fast.

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  6. My own opinion regarding the crime rate scalating in the Cayman islands is that the Police is not caring enough for the security of our Country; maybe is because most of them are expats and all they care about is a pay-cheque. Bodden has been a target for burglars and the reason is Police Presense is not there, on these past holidays I stayed up very late at night and I did not see a Police patroling our streets. I believe we the people of this Country deserve an explanation asap.

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  7. This costs EVERYONE.

    In the 19th Century Jules Verne wrote a book called around the world in 80 days – It was a work of fiction and generally considered to be unfeasable at the time.
    Some 140 years later we can be on a jet plane and be anywhere in the world in 24 hours or less. The world is a lot smaller.

    Yet now, we don’t even have to physically travel – with social networking like facebook and twitter, our friends, family, colleages and even passing acquaintances can be aware of our thought and feelings in 80 milli seconds (0.08 seconds).

    Technology has overtaken the printed word and if a tourist getting robbed doesn’t make the front page of the Times or the NY Times, nor the BBC World service, don’t assume for a second that it isn’t rippling around the world as thousands of facebook statuses and tweets. The perception is made much more real by the fact that it happened to a person we know and not some random stranger.

    These robbers are undermining hundreds of thousands of dollars of positive advertising by CITA and the Ministry of Tourism.

    It only takes a few thousand tourists to generate a million dollars in the economy and you could lose that in an instant if Caymans ‘Safe’ reputation is tarnished for the sake of some worthless thug stealing a camera or watch.

    Take that into acount when sentencing and send a message out on the Gangster social network that Cayman won’t tolerate even petty thieving, and crime rates will fall and tourism increase.

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