Although 27 burglaries have been reported in the Prospect area since the beginning of the year, only three people showed up Monday evening for a community meeting hosted by the police.
However, burglaries were a hot topic of discussion at the meeting.
Royal Cayman Islands Police Service’s George Town District Commander Angelique Howell noted that the number of burglaries in the area were relatively high.
Police crime statistics show that during the same period, Jan. 1 to July 22 last year, there was only eight burglaries in the area.
“The police has arrested at least 15 people between the ages of 20 and 45 years for burglaries in the area,” Chief Inspector Howell said. “Unfortunately, some of them will soon be back on the streets.” Constable Brian Jameson, the only police beat officer in Prospect, discussed how residents could better protect their property by installing proper lighting, having a dog, keeping their homes secure and keeping trees and plants trimmed to deter burglars.
One Prospect resident, Colin Abbott, called for more beat officers in the neighborhood.
Chief Inspector Howell hosted the meeting along with Constable Jameson and Constable Cornelius Pompey as part of a series of meetings island-wide by the police to discuss issues affecting local communities.
Other issues raised by the Prospect residents included speeding and loud music at Spotts dock.
“Why don’t the police put in speed cameras?” Mr. Abbott asked. “I don’t know; that is a government question,” said Ms. Howell.
“It is a traffic question and life and death question,” Mr. Abbott responded. “If you can’t control the speeding, then what?” Ms. Howell said government funding would be required to pay for installing cameras.
Mr. Abbott also asked why police were not publicly releasing more information about burglaries in the area.
Ms. Howell said police have to be careful how they highlight the different areas because property values could go down and people would not want to live there.
“These small pockets of community meeting are being held to inform the public and hear their response and address these issues,” she said.
Other police community meetings will be held at the Red Bay Church of God (Holiness) on Selkirk Drive on Aug. 5 from 6–8 p.m.; Bodden Town Civic Centre on Aug. 5 from 7-9 p.m.; North Side Civic Centre on Aug. 6 from 7-9 p.m.; and East End United Church Hall on Aug. 7 from 7-9 p.m.