Crime statistics for 2015 released by police Thursday reflect a drop in crime across most categories in 2015 compared to 2014, including burglaries and robberies, although there was a marked increase in attempted burglaries last year.
Attempted burglaries increased by 47 percent, while burglaries decreased by 6 percent and robberies were down by 17 percent compared to 2014.
“We have dedicated resources and personnel specifically to fighting burglaries and robberies, and our skilled detectives have had some real success in locking up serial burglars and increasing robbery arrests in recent months,” Royal Cayman Islands Police Service Chief Superintendent Kurt Walton said in a press release.
“Nonetheless, as we can see from the armed robbery that occurred in Camana Bay yesterday evening, we can never rest, and we do not intend to,” Mr. Walton said. “We are aggressively pursuing all leads in order to arrest these robbery suspects, as we do in each and every case.”
Crime in most categories decreased, and overall, there was an 8 percent decline in crimes last year compared to 2014.
According to police, the rate of serious and violent crime, which includes rape, murder and wounding, dropped by 13 percent from last year, and by 37 percent from the high in 2011.
However, the number of one type of serious and violent crime, assaults resulting in grievous bodily harm, increased significantly last year. In 2015 there were 20 such assaults, compared to seven in 2014, a 186 percent increase.
There was a 13 percent increase in assaults classified as volume crime rather than serious crime; a 38 percent increase in what police describe as “harass, alarm or distress” crimes; and an 18 percent increase in “causing fear or provocation of violence offenses.”
Referring to the armed robbery at a Camana Bay jewelry store on Wednesday, Police Commissioner David Baines said in a press release, “Individual incidents, like what occurred yesterday, understandably resonate in the community. Yet at the same time, crime has been on a downward trend.
“Nonetheless, we must keep the pressure on criminals through dedicated resources to investigative work, continued crime prevention efforts with the community, our work with the community to address anti-social behavior, and our efforts with partner agencies and NGOs to tackle the high rate of recidivism.”