Police warn of Easter burglary threat

Easter campers are being urged to protect their homes against burglary as police step up patrols to combat opportunist criminals over the holiday.

As thousands head to the beaches to take part in Cayman’s Easter camping tradition, police are wary that criminals will not be taking a break.

Acting Detective Inspector Dave Morrison urged people to secure their homes and ask responsible neighbors to look in on their properties, before they leave.

“If you’re going to be camping over the weekend, take precautions. Something like having the lights switched on in the evenings can create the illusion that someone’s home,” he said.

He added that burglaries often spike in holiday season as criminals target empty homes. But police will be out in force over the long weekend to ensure that does not happen.

“There is an increase in mobile patrols – we will be targeting hotspots in commercial and residential areas,” he said.

Additional foot patrols will also be out at prime camping spots from East End to West Bay.

“People are usually very responsible and the patrols are mostly a matter of providing reassurance to the public,” he said.

It’s the same situation on the water, where marine police will be out in force on one of the biggest boating weekends of the year.

Government’s Recreation Parks and Cemeteries Unit is also reminding campers to be safe, light no bonfires, and leave no garbage and smoldering coals around.

Camping is allowed on most government beaches, park grounds and some private properties. Campers are advised not to camp at sites with “Do Not Trespass” signs.

There are designated camping locations in various districts. Campers were already staking out their spots in beaches throughout Cayman on Wednesday.

At North Side, the local district council and the MLA Office erected an Easter banner at the Frank Sound junction, urging drivers to observe the speed limit and reminding motorists that police radars will be in place. It also urges campers to dump their garbage properly.

The council pointed out that the four designated camping sites in Cayman Kai this year, which are marked, are at the first public beach as one enters the Cayman Kai community on the right, at Kaibo Public beach, at Starfish Point public beach and at Dart’s Ivory Kai Point.

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