There have been more than 30 burglaries or attempted burglaries reported to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service within the past two weeks.
Most significantly, there has been a noticeable increase in the number of daytime residential burglaries, RCIPS Superintendent Mike Cranswick said Friday.
“Burglars are regularly entering through insecure doors and windows while people are at work,” Mr. Cranswick said. “I encourage residents to examine their exterior doors and ensure that locks cannot be easily tampered with. There are a number of simple security measures and devices that can make your home more secure and provide you with peace of mind. These range from door wedges and window locks to contact alarms.
“While it is likely impossible to make your property 100 percent burglar-proof, there are some basic things that property owners can do to make it difficult or deter potential burglars from gaining access their homes. Neighbors can also help each other by being vigilant and report unusual or suspicious occurrences in their neighborhood or on their neighbor’s property.”
Since June 26, 22 burglaries at residences and seven break-ins at businesses have been reported, along with five attempted burglaries, police said.
If that rate of burglaries were to continue through the year, Cayman would have recorded 800 break-ins during 2015. Typically, there are around 600 burglary reports a year.
Police have also made more burglary-related arrests so far this year – 75 – compared to 66 at this time last year.
The items most often stolen are home electronics, especially laptops and iPads, though several people have reported that jewelry and cash are also taken.
It also appears that burglars have begun using cleaning agents or bleach to remove their fingerprints, police said.
Mr. Cranswick said there are certain telltale signs that burglars are prowling in your neighborhood, including:
Someone going door-to-door asking unusual questions or asking about former or fictitious residents
Someone knocking on doors or peeping through house or car windows
Individuals wearing hoodies in the middle of the day
Property being removed from occupied or unoccupied homes or closed businesses
Vehicles parked at a location attended or unattended for a period of time.