A new police vehicle was severely damaged in a fire early Tuesday where it was parked at a George Town auto dealership property.

A new police vehicle was severely damaged in a fire early Tuesday where it was parked at a George Town auto dealership property.

Cayman Islands Fire Service crews were called just before 3 a.m. to extinguish the blaze at the Vampt Motors Toyota-Ford dealership on Walkers Road.

A Royal Cayman Islands Police Service statement indicated that two police vehicles were damaged by flames, but the damage to the second vehicle was not immediately apparent. Photos supplied by police showed the interior of the second car was damaged by fire.

A total of four police cars were parked next to one another inside the security fence at the south side of the Vampt Motors property. The other two police cars were undamaged.

“The [two] vehicles were apparently targeted,” the RCIPS statement read. “They were not occupied at the time and there were no injuries.”

No arrests were immediately reported in connection with the arson.

“This is an unacceptable attack on law enforcement and government property,” said Police Commissioner Derek Byrne. “It will impact the patrols those vehicles were intended for, but more importantly, appears to be a continuation of reckless arson attacks on vehicles around the island last year.

“Such behavior endangers everyone and must be stopped. We are asking members of the community to come forward with any information.”

Please read Wednesday’s editions of the Cayman Compass for the full story.

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  1. By no means this is a positive signal. For a while “minor”, “petty” incidents have been allowed to happen. A laissez faire framework has, obviously, yielded impunity, and with it, more brazen criminals and violent events have become customary.

    A key watershed has been crossed. If actions in the area of general prevention and effective law enforcement don’t take place, we will witness and escalation on all crime types.

    Because it is not only the law abiding people the one wondering about the consequences. The criminal types are even more interested on the outcome.