More than 60 per cent of respondents to last week’s caymancompass.com online poll said the way they live was being affected by the increase of crime either quite a bit or tremendously.
Of the 387 total respondents, the largest segment – 138 people or 35.6 percent – said their lives were affected “quite a bit” by Grand Cayman’s increase in crime.
“I pay more attention to my surroundings and try not to go out at night,” said one person. “I also changed my locks.”
“After three burglaries, my house is locked up like a bunker,” said someone else. “I hardly go out, unless it’s to Camana Bay, where I feel safe because of the security presence. I fear for my wife when she works late because the parking lot is dark and there’s not much activity around.”
“I used to leave my windows open, come home to a cool house, use air conditioning very little,” said another person. “Now I waste time before leaving the house checking all windows are locked and when I get home it is like an oven and the air conditioning can barely cope. I’m sure CUC loves it.”
“I’ve had my house broken into and all of my cash stolen and now I have to lock my car doors every time I get in just so no one can rob me,” commented one respondent.“It has left me feeling a bit uncomfortable in my own country.”
“I am now afraid to wear good jewelry or go out at nights,” said someone else. “Cayman is getting to be a scary place to live.”
“It has become taxing considering I’m worried about securing the home and my young family,” said another respondent. “This is not the Cayman that I signed up for! [Might] as well move back to New York.”
“We lock our business doors earlier,” said someone else. “I don’t go to small shops anymore and I don’t take evening walks anymore.”
“I don’t walk out in the streets alone at night like I used to,” said another person. “I’m starting to judge people that may look like they are criminalistic, because you do not know who is out there since no one gets put away for their crime.”
“I am uneasy when going off island,” said another. “I’m looking over [my] shoulder when out at night and not trusting strangers in the neighborhood.”
“I am not as friendly, no longer give rides to anyone, lock my vehicle and home at all times, never sleep with open windows and avoid certain areas,” said someone else. “I grew up here and it used to be much more carefree.”
“I have had an alarm installed in my house and I take my valuables upstairs at night,” said one person. “And I lock the car all the time.”
Several other people said the had installed security alarms, while others said they had put up exterior lights or surveillance cameras around their homes because of the increase in crime.
“It makes me feel sad,” commented one person.
The second largest segment of respondents – 97 people or 25.1 percent – said their lives were affected tremendously by the increase in crime.
“I am very careful and lock all my doors constantly,” said one person. “I teach my children to watch out for suspicious behavior and trust no one. I live in more fear, whereas I never did in the past.”
“Cayman is no longer the island of safety and tranquility,” said another respondent. “It is becoming more like Nassau with the increasing crime. Why are the government silent on this issue? It’s like they are in denial.”
“I’m staying locked in all the time at home, avoiding going to ATM or dark areas at night, triple checking everything is secure, stopped carrying cash and relying on cards,” said someone else.
“We have had $20,000 worth of our possessions stolen and not recovered by the police,” said one respondent. “We do not feel safe and secure in Cayman anymore.”
“We’ve been robbed so we had additional security installed,” said another. “When working late, I make sure my car is parked in a well-lit area and I lock my doors as soon as I get in. I’m angry that fear has become part of our everyday life in Grand Cayman.”
“It is horrifying hearing about all the crime, personal attacks, break-ins and burglaries,” said someone else. “My home was broken into and valuable personal goods were stolen. It is an awful and frightening feeling that lives with me each day. This is not the Cayman that we once knew, which was so peaceful and practically crime-free. More frequent police patrols are definitely needed in order to help people feel more relaxed and be much safer whenever we go out, especially at nights.”
“I’m afraid to go out at night,” said one person.
“I’m scared to leave my home,” said another.
“I was burglarized two weeks ago,” reported another respondent. “I cannot sleep at nights. I had to change my locks, install a dead bolt. I am even looking at possibly buying a new home and moving.”
“We’re planning to leave Cayman after three burglaries in seven years,” said someone else. “Other British islands have more effective police forces.”
Eighty-two people – 21.2 percent – said their lives were affected “a little” by the increase in crime, with many reporting that they now make sure all of their doors are locked, watch where they go at night and take note of their surroundings more.
“My laptop was stolen from home six years ago and my replacement never leaves my side now,” said one respondent.
“I tend to be more aware of my personal safety, whereas before I could conduct my life as I did growing up in a small town,” said someone else. “Now I conduct my life as I did when I lived in major cities like London, San Francisco and New York. It is sad to see the loss of everyone looking out for everyone like in a small town, but until people are willing to play the tough-love card and turn in friends and family involved in crime, we all suffer and become isolated like big city dwellers.”
“I live out in the Eastern Districts and now have a fenced-in yard with two watchdogs,” said another person. “I also leave the radios on loud and the doors locked when leaving the house and the dogs are watching through locked gates. I keep valuables hidden as well when not home. You have to be vigilant.”
“Crime here is nothing compared to Bermuda,” commented one person.
Another 45 people – 11.6 percent – said their lives hadn’t been affected at all by the increase in crime.
“I live in a quiet neighborhood,” said one person.
“I’m not sure crime has increased,” opined someone else. “It goes in cycles and is no worse in real terms than before.”
“I come from a country that has quite a bit of crime and I haven’t changed my habits from when I lived there to when I moved here,” said another person. “I watch my bag, lock my car and house and don’t walk alone at night.”
“Has there been an increase in crime?” asked one respondent. “The dump is a far bigger problem right now.”
Another 25 people – 6.5 percent – said they didn’t live on Grand Cayman.
“We do not reside in Cayman, but own a home in West Bay,” said one person. “Our house was burglarized several years ago. Shootings and assaults have increased. My wife does not feel comfortable staying there. It’s at the point I can no longer defend it. She is correct. It is not safe. My heart breaks.”
“I was considering purchasing a home there, but the increased crime changed that,” said someone else.
Next week’s poll question
What is your biggest pet peeve in the Cayman Islands?
- Traffic jams
- Poor service at businesses
- Inconsiderate behavior
- Bad driving habits
- Grocery shopping on Saturdays
- Other [write in comments]
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