More than a dozen homes and businesses were broken into in just over 24 hours in an unusual spike in burglaries late last week.
One woman who confronted the intruders in her home was threatened with a knife and physically assaulted, police said.
Police are not saying if they believe the 14 burglaries, 11 of which took place in George Town, on Thursday and Friday are linked. They have appealed for people to be vigilant amid an increase in burglaries generally.
There were 731 burglaries in total in 2013 – an average of just over two a day – up dramatically from 502 in 2012.
Between 9 a.m. on July 3 and 1 p.m. July 4, 14 properties were hit, including two “commercial premises.” which Police declined to name.
As well as 11 burglaries in the capital, there was one in West Bay, one in Bodden Town and one in North Side.
During one raid on a home off Linford Pearson Highway, a woman was threatened at knifepoint by three men who made off with around $330 in cash and coins.
“The homeowner was awoken and confronted by three offenders; one of the offenders was armed with a knife and they demanded money…
“The home owner who was physically assaulted during the ordeal received a small cut to her hand,” police said in a statement.
Two of the offenders spoke with a Caymanian accent and all three wore dark clothing with their faces masked, police said.
Detective Chief Inspector Malcolm Kay urged the public to be vigilant and report suspicious activity.
He said, “The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service remains committed to investigating all reports of burglaries at both commercial and residential properties.
“Once again, I am appealing to the public to assist us to keep these islands safe by reporting any suspicious activities. This may be as simple as observing an unusual person or vehicle in a neighborhood or around a business premises at a strange time.
“Anything out of the ordinary may be of great help to us if something should occur in an area. Making a note of the person or their vehicle license plate can give us a great starting point when commencing an investigation.”
In a separate police operation on Thursday, four people were arrested in connection with previous burglaries. A search warrant was executed and stolen property was recovered. The suspects were interviewed and are currently on police bail while the investigations continue.