Crime jumps 13 percent

Overall, crime in the Cayman Islands, from burglary to trespassing, increased by 13 percent in 2014 compared to 2013, according to police statistics.  

The most serious offenses, such as rape and murder, declined slightly year over year, according to data released by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service. 

The annual statistics show that while murders decreased from four in 2013 to three last year, attempted murder cases increased from seven to nine.  

Wounding incidents led serious crimes, almost doubling from 18 in 2013 to 35 in 2014. Assaults were up by a third, with 432 incidents reported to the police last year. 

There is some good news in the report. Police say domestic violence incidents decreased by almost a third, to 126 in 2014.  

Threatening offenses were down by 20 percent to 142, and property damage incidents dropped by 5 percent to about 400.  

Possession of imitation firearms cases were down from five in 2013 to one last year. 

Possession of unlicensed firearms increased slightly from 24 to 27 year over year, and the number of cases involving discharge of a gun went from zero two years ago to four in 2014. 

Burglaries, which made front-page news more than once last year, increased from 685 in 2013 to 703 reported incidents last year. Attempted burglaries reported almost doubled, from 40 in 2013 to 74 in 2014.  

There were some notable break-in sprees, most recently just before Christmas when burglars broke into several homes in South Sound, including the home of Derek Haines, who had just completed running six marathons to raise money for Cayman HospiceCare. 

Traffic offenses down for the year  

Overall traffic offenses dropped by 23 percent from 2013 to 2014. The number of fatal accidents fell from six in 2013 to four last year. Total traffic accidents fell 12 percent, to about 950 last year. 

In every category, traffic offenses dropped. Speeding tickets fell 19 percent; driving under the influence was down 38 percent; tickets for failing to wear a seat belt fell by almost half; and citations for using a cellphone while driving decreased 31 percent. 

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  1. The rcips actually issues speeding tickets? I have been living on this island for seven years and never have seen a police officer pull someone over for speeding, or any other traffic violation for that matter. It’s a joke.

    I see large trucks, like dump trucks and garbage trucks going 60 miles an hour on the bypass on a daily basis, going way too fast on the roundabouts, taking up two lanes. People here drive terribly and the police are to blame.

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  2. I think that headline should read – Recorded crime jumps 13 percent.

    There’s a big difference between what RCIPS record and what actually goes down on the streets.

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