Woman suffers vicious attack

| 17/06/2010

(CNS): A young woman was rescued from a vicious attack in the early hours of this morning in West Bay by police officers patrolling in Garvin Road. A police spokesperson has confirmed that at about 2am on 17 June Uniform Support Group Officers approached a parked vehicle and clearly interrupted a savage attack that was taking place on a young female who was in her car. With the arrival of the police the offender ran off into the bush area and the officers rendered first aid to the victim who had suffered a cut throat as well as bruising to her face. Although a full scale search was carried out for the suspect no arrests have been made to date. (Photo by Dennie Warren Jr)

 “The officers, by going about their normal patrolling duty, clearly prevented what could have been an even worse attack,” Detective Inspector Burton who is leading the hunt for the attackers said. “Every effort is being taken to try and arrest the attacker.”
The young victim was transported to the Cayman Islands hospital where she was treated for her injuries.
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  1. Anonymous says:

    I take offense to the comment "product of government schools" and "Ignore what your Mum told you, a high school leavers certificate is not equivilent to a masters degree." Who the heck are you assert that John Gray High School produces only "stupid" people? The only oneon here sounding STUPID is you because obviously you done have the common sense to understand that no matter what level of education you have or what school be it primary, secondary or tertiary you graduated from doesn’t mean that you will automatically be intelligent or smart or criminal or upstanding member of society. I happen to have attended St. Ignatius up until the age of 11, then transferred over to George Hicks, went onto John Gray and graduated with honours 10 years ago, I dont hold a master’s degree but I do hold an Associates from a local college and I’m in the process of completing my Bachelor’s and I happen to hold a very good job all of this as a result of attending a Government School. Please be cognitive of the fact that when you condemn the Government School you are condemning the past & present teachers as well as the past & present students, all of which mind you were no great but hey it cant be that terrible being that the majority of the working Caymanian population young and old attended a public school simply because our parents could not afford the extravegant private school fees only to be taught half the curriculum that’s offered at the public schools and have your child discriminated against because of coulour and nationality oh and let’s not forget not given a second thought becaus you as a parent did not attend that school in your youth so you child is placed on a "wait list". Give me a break, maybe you private school teachers should have taught you that it’s not right to be judgemental and make stupid assumptions.

     

    Now to the topic at hand.

    I pray for my Beloved Cayman everyday. With time we have evolved, I am only in my twenties and I can remember a totally different Cayman than what we are living in now, but it’s still home to me and I hope that sometime in the near furture we can all band together locals and expats alike because of the common fact what we live in Cayman. I hope the young lady recovers from her injuries and I hope the culprit is caught and made to pay for this awful crime. It could have been worse, thankfully the police were in the right place at the right time for once.

  2. PissedOff says:

    Product of Government Schools??? Excuse me? I’ve been through public schools my entire life and I am better off then most people who came through your beloved Private Schools! I received an email from a young lady graduating from from Triple C this year who was on work experience in my dept.. The email included phrases like "I speaked to them" and "He say they don’t got none". Let me not even start with the spelling!

    Seriously, it’s not about what school you go to. It’s what you make of it and how you can use the wonderful opportunities afforded to you by public schools. I am a well known young lady in this community and I have accomplished so much simply because of the opportunities JGHS presented me with. I graduated in May from an overseas University with my bachelors and am now working at a prestigous law firm. This is what public schooling and personal drive has done for me! I went to a private school for a month after Ivan. I had two completely different experiences. And from this comment you can guess which was better! I would never bewhere I am now, and have the reputation I do within the community if it wasn’t for JGHS.

    That was an ignorant comment. Please think before you type next time.

  3. Miller says:

    I usually read comments on CNS but never make any for various reasons.  There are a lot of people on this website that really don’t know how to articulate an argument, state their claim with facts or give unbiased opinions. I would like to offer my thoughts in regards to what is taking place in Cayman.  Many people divide these beautiful Islands in terms of nationalities (Honduran, Jamaican, Canadian etc).  I prefer to divide these Islands in terms of 1) people who love and appreicate these islands and 2) people who are solely seeking to take and not give back and in some sense destroy these Islands.  I couldn’t care less if you are Caymanian or a foreigner, If you love Cayman, is willing to give back to Cayman in whatever way you can and is concerned about the further development of these Islands, then I say to you Welcome.  But Caymanian and foreigner alike, if you guys only seek to take from these Islands, with no regards for the citizens who have called this traditionally peaceful place home for over a century, and only seek to destroy the fabric of this society, then I say to you Please go.  I am a Caymanian and I am tired of 1) Caymanians running other nationalities away from Cayman and 2) Other Nationalities outright making us out to be inferior.  While I understand the temptation to dig up statistics from other countries and compare and contrast that to Cayman, it does nothing in terms of offering up a solution to crime. It also does nothing in regards to offering up a reasonable explanation for certain these events.  Murder rate per capita does not take into account the multitude of contributing factors that are associated with the final number.  I can honestly say that it is useless and serves no purpose.  I’m not going to say that I don’t care what happens in other countries, but Cayman is my home and I am really concerned about what happens here; so comparing Cayman to other nations in my opinion serves no purpose.  I’m not going to write a long winded comment but I do want to leave with some food for thought.  For my Caymanians I have a few questions. 1) The recent surge in crime is noticeable by all who are a part of these Islands; does it make a difference if a Caymanian or a foreigner calls a spade a spade? We seem ready to accept criticism from our own but have a hard time accepting the same criticism by a foreigner.  I challenge you to not pay attention to who says certain things and how it is said, but to pay attention to what is being said.  2) To my foreigners who appreciate these Islands, I too have a challenge for you.  The challenges faced in these islands are really not comparable to the challenges you face at home; with very limited resources, limited spacesand limited time really; the challenges and obstacles we are facing today is a very difficult and complicated one to overcome. I challenge you to try your very best to understand the Caymanian position on our current situation and come up with possibilities as to how you or your countrymen would handle these difficulties if you were in our position.  In understanding my people, I understand that the aggressive displays on this website are a cry of urgency and not of disrespect.  While it is very difficult to not get offended, I hope you do not take it personal. 

    • Anonymous says:

      Very well said – I wish I could have said it as well. As another Caymanian, I wish that you would be willing to bring a little common sense to these debates more often. Too much energy and emotion is wasted on nonsense rather than working towards solutions.

  4. A Shoddy Idea.... says:

    It really is time to fight fire with FIRE!

    These criminals are playing hardball because they take the RCIPS and the Public for granted….

  5. B says:

    CNS,

    Police obivously don’t care. I worked with the individual who got assualted Wednesday night outside of marriot. The person had relatively minor injuries but went home yesterday shaken up.

    As a Caymanaian I admit I was a shame being their first time here and apologize for all the "good Caymanian people" even though no ones knows if it was locals or not either way it was sad being their first time here.

    This place is getting worst everyday. Speaking with a cousin someone tried to get in her place, when her husband approach the door the individual just stared at him bascially daring him to open the door and this was done in broad daylight and she lives right by the road where cars and people are crossing at all hours. It breaks my hear to see my country be destroyed in this way and the feeling of becoming a prisoner in my own home go through my head everyday I look on CNS. I guess I will start putting bars up on my windows and my doors like Jamaica?????????????????

    CNS Note: Because this keeps appearing in comments we asked the RCIPS and they say that no one was mugged or assaulted on Seven Mile Beach on Wednesday.

  6. Heavily Vested inCayman says:

    To everyone who is discussing comparable crime levels in the US, Canada, UK and the Caribbean: 

    The point of why I and many other people and some who are actually as engaged enough as I in their travel destinations to post here is simple. 

    WE CAME BECAUSE WE WANTED TO FOR MANY  VARIOUS REASONS SUCH AS TAXES!!!!!, PROXIMITY, DIVING, ETC. WE ALSO CAME IN LATER YEARS,  IN PART,  BECAUSE WE DIDNT HAVE TO THINK ABOUT ANY CRIME HERE. IT WASNT EVEN ANYTHING WE CONSCIOUSLY THOUGHT ABOUT UNTIL NOW. 

    Cant you understand that?  Many of us were just fine with the evolution of the country over the last 20 years. Sure, there was development, but come on, we kept coming back. Many of us have property now and where else could you leave your place unattended for 9 months and not think twice. No less, where else could we come and not rent a car, lock a door, etc.? 

    We can all complain about all the condos, foreigners (do tourists count here?), development, etc. but it is what it is.  If I or anyone else wanted Little Cayman, we go there, or to the Grenadines or wherever.  That’s not the point. You can’t have us or the working electricity, the  financial or realestate industry or tourism or whatever if there’s  no infrastructure or security or if there’s taxes and crazy prices and bad business climates.  And all this crime, FORGET ABOUT IT? 

    Do we really care if it’s less "PER CAPITA" in a small Canadian town or anytown USA? No, we don’t. 

    Sending ourselves, or kids or grandkids to Cayman with a clear mind is over now unfortunately.  Even being a normal decent tourist or even a local doing the right things, acting respectfully and being in reasonable areas (since when where there "unreasonable areas" in Cayman anyway, by the way….) can get you assaulted or worse.  

    So, I have no real advice to the country, just concern and sadness. It reminds me of the lovely lake that everyone went to and the big plant upriver started to pollute the river and thus the lake.  People kept coming for a while, because it was a big lake. They complained to the local lake people, many of whom who had profited from the plant and told them not to worry so much, there were plants around the world and everything would be fine. 

    I think we all know how that story ends. 

    Please, don’t let crime pollute this special lake. It really was the one thing, in later (recent) years that TRULY separated Cayman from every other Caribbean destination. If you don’t think so, you work at the plant. 

    Take charge, PLEASE

     

     

     

    • Anonymous says:

      Don’t really get what you’re saying. Your comment seems to ramble on and go round in circles but was there a point in there somewhere?

      Are you a preacher by any chance because you appear to love the sound of your own voice.

      • Afraid to Strap on a Pair Also says:

        Then take the time to read and digest it, idiot!  It’s spot on.  Cayman is no longer a safe haven for taxes, it’s over-the-top expensive and crime-ridden because of cronyism and not a good place to invest  in or live or visit.  Open your eyes, XXX!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Police saw the assault happen, the suspect ran away, and they didn’t catch him ??

     

    RCIP we appreciate this woman could have been more seriously injured ..but he was right there in front of you. What is going on ?

    • Anonymous says:

      The story said it was uniform support officers on the scene who are voluntary (plastic plods) who don’t get paid and therefore don’t put their ass on the line like a real cop should.

      That is why they didn’t chase a armed suspect.

      It’s easy to condem them from your desk. But you wouldn’t risk your life for no compensation.

      All respect to these support officers who volunteer but the police should be deploying real armed and trained officers, not plastic plods.

      • Not Submitted says:

        Your Wrong:

        The special constables are the unpaid police, the Uniform Support Group are the ARMED officers.

    • Anonymous says:

      Police saw a gravely injured person and rendered first aid to keep her alive.

      Police have radios to summon help from other officers and the ambulance.

      To save life is the first priority. As it should be.

    • Anonymous says:

      The majority of Police Officers in Cayman do not carry a fire-arm or weapon. How then could they have gone after an individual who was obviously armed with a knife (because the woman throat was slashed). The police officers have to be wise and protect themselves as well because they too have wives and children! Until they are given the necessary equipment to do their job more effectively they have to do with what they have which is basically nothing.

      The criminals on our streets are carrying high-powered weapons that the majority of police officers do not carry. They have to protect their own lives too.

  8. Anonymous says:

    We all agree crime has exploded in the past 2.5 years.

    The  assualts are becoming more and more vicious. The vicious assault on the Grand Ole House chef and many assaults show us it is not about the money.

    It is about hate! The assaults,home invasions,muggings have been brutal.

    If this Country was a crime scene investigated by the C.S.I team on tv what would be their conclusion? 

    What does the above 3 types of crime have in common?

     

    I worry about my children everytime they go out.

     

    • Here is a thought says:

      First let’s start with WHO and WHY are committing these crimes.  I don’t care from where the criminals came, expat or local….but let’s face facts.  People that are getting a paycheck are less likely to rob, period.  

      So tackle the overstayers and unemployment and you will be moving in the right direction.  If you have a good job and are able to pay your bills, crime will decrease.  (the kind that is looking for money)  

      As for violent assaults (if not looking for money), this is rape and anger driven….the only way to stop this is to police people’s personalities…aggressive crimes start with home abuse  or a history of violence…..

      Either way, these offenders need to be caught and we need to look out for each other.

       

  9. Anonymous says:

    Crime shouldn’t be compared based on per capita rates for the most part.  For example the Jamaican crime rate is ridiculous because of it’s extreme poverty and political ills.  It doesn’t prevent it from being one of the biggest attractions for destination weddings or all-inclusive resorts, which is by the way, the reason the country remains in extreme poverty (the money stays within the resort, not spread throughout the population, and those who are fortunate to be employed here are paid extremely low wages and are usually making illegal money otherwise from visitors which fuels crime).

    What about the example of serial rapists?  Serial murderers?  Is it the country from which they come that has harboured such traits in a human to commit such heinous crimes?

    And let’s face the facts, the only reason the issue of crime is being brought up is because this is a tourist destination.  Chicago, LA and New York are still the biggest tourist destinations in the US and yet have severe pockets of crime.  Yes, pockets which are a lot closer in size to our little island.  You can’t compare our mere 60k population where the wealth is pretty well-dispersed throughout the island to a state which derives it’s "per capita" figures by combining the places with such extreme wealth with those with unbearable poverty. For example the most unsafe city in America is in Jersey (Camden).  Which is also where the second most safest city is (Brick Township).

    Hey, look I can google numbers too.  I’m an accountant and hold true value to statistics, but when all you do is look at numbers in such a generalised way, you’re missing the point.  Everyone has the choice as to where they live, work and vacation – talking about statistics isn’t what’s going to change them, it’s action.  Fleeing or avoiding a country because of it isn’t helping either.  It’s well-thriving economies which produce less crime, and abandoning ship doesn’t produce such economies.  Be productive or keep running. We’re all enduring hard times here, we have to do it together.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Good the cops got there, but I see no reports of the visitor to Cayman who was beaten up/mugged outside of Comfort Suites/ Marriot last night & taken to hospital because of his injuries.

    CNS Note: Police have confirmed that no one was mugged or assaulted on Seven Mile Beach on Wednesday.

  11. jay49r says:

    Note What Police Patrol Speed IS!

    Once a cop in the States, we use to dim our lights and creep throughneighborhoods. I know patrol speed at that time was 25 mile per hour and less. Our windows were wind down, we had no radios in the car, and we use to cruise through dark alleys and drive along dike roads. We had no rushing-blood-syndrome. We patrol carefully our county like we had eternity. Being a cop was your life!  We interacted alot with people along the streets, had good laughs and ascertained local knowledge of who was who and what was what! That was what patrolling and community policing was all about in my days!

    Now, what I see here in Cayman is pitiful!  You have Police officers zooming across you in fancy cars (excuse my exaggeration) @ 100 mph – from point A to point B! They don’t check the small roads and lanes liek they should!  It is like they’re scared of the dark!  I blame the seniors for this kind of policing, and I hope the Commissioner of Police mingle the experienced local officers with the new faces I am seeing now in the Service.

    I assure you that police officers would detect more offenses, if they were patrolling the way that they should, a keen awareness of their surroundings. But to those officers who were able to interupt the commission of this offense – Well done!

    • Anonymous says:

      One saturday some weeks ago there was a tall and stately English Police walking around Bodden Town and meeting the Residents, dont know who has perhaps stopped him but we dont see him again.

  12. Ken says:

    Whoever claims that the crime in Grand Cayman is similar or the same as anywhere else is on crack.

    If you compare the crime here to a similar sized city in Canada where I am from it is easily 20x more.

    I’ve lived in cities of 100000 that have maybe 1 armed robbery a month, and 1 or 2 killings a year. That would be considered normal and obviously that is still not good.

    Yes if you compare it to the nearby islands like Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, the crime would be low. But why compare to the worst? People should try to be the best they can be.

    Then again there’s a lot of things I don’t understand here. It seems that as a visitor I care more about the island than the locals. I would never throw garbage out my window but I see locals do it all the time.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • Anonymous says:

      The first intelligent comment I have read on this subject.

    • Anonymous says:

      Ken, whoever you are. I agree with you 100% and I’m a caymanian myself.

    • Anonymous says:

      I am a fifth  generation Caymanian and I agree with you 100 per cent!

    • Anonymous says:

      Crime is low in Cuba, the police seem to be everywhere there

      • Anonymous says:

        Crime is low in Cuba {1} THE PENALTY IS VERY STIFF MOSTLY BEING EXECUTED ,{2} There are spys planted in every little corner that you can think of.

    • Don't 4get Me says:

      I know you probably get this all the time but:  "then … go back to Canada!"
       

      That was actually a joke, but it was seriously geared at your ridiculous post.  You’ve never seen anyone throw trash out their window in Canada? Or is it just not noteworthy there?  I’ve also lived in and visited many major cities and have on occasion seen trash being thrown into the streets from apartment windows.  You find degenerates everywhere but being part of a community means there are certain elements you have to put up with.

      Jog on man.  Feel free to alert us once you’ve found your Utopia as I’d sure like to give it a visit. 

    • Anonymous says:

      I will agree with you as far as it goes on comparing crime.

      But please do us all a favor and stop generalizing. It is embarrassing to hear another human being say such things! I know some Canadians to be two faced bigots, notice I said some, not all or I run into these types of Canadians all the time.

      No matter what level of educations you have, once you start talking like that…well, you just sound stupid. As a "visitor" to this island myself, I find your remarks to be offensive.

      Besides, how can you tell it is a "local" throwing the garbage out their car window?

      I can’t tell the difference between a Caymanian (black or white) and a Jamaican (black or white). For all you know, that could be a citizen from your home country!

  13. peter milburn says:

    Kudos to the police officers involved and glad you got there when you did.Keep up the good work and hope they deal with this coward asap.

  14. Kgirl says:

    Great Job RCIPS! Please do keep it up.

  15. Anonymous says:

    We could do with some details from the police here.

    Was this a random attack? Did she pick up a hitchhiker or something or  did she know the assailant? Where did she pick him up/how did he get in her car? What was she doing down this back alley at 2am?

    Also the first paragraph refers to a single offender and the second paragraph details the hunt for attacjers (plural). Did they see one guy run off or more than one?

    Half stories like this do little to inform the public.

     

    • Anonymous says:

      Hold it man, what exactly is it that you want to know? Back alley?? Perhaps this was the street she lived on. How would the police at this stage know if it was a random attack.  They need more details also and remember they cannot spill all the beans – suppose it’s you they’re looking for? Should they give you all the details?

      Who says it was her car or that she was the driver? Let us hope and pray that the young woman recovers fully and that she will not be intimidated and will cooperate with the police and help bring this person (s) to justice.

      A lot of people are just plain newsy and want to get the scoop to help with the ‘gossip of the day’.

      • Anonymous says:

        Ummmm, don’t you think the attacker may have known the details? He was there braindead.

        Why would the cops feel the need to hold back on this vital information? The attacked obviously knew the location of the attack, he knew what he looked like and he knew if it was random or if he knew her.

        My god some people are so stupid. You must be a product of government schools.

        The report said the name of the street where the report happened and to my knowledge it is a quiet backroad.

        Stop being pedantic and trying to pick holes in everything and spend a little time in the real world, read some newspapers, talk to your peers. Ignore what your Mum told you, a high school leavers certificate is not equivilent to a masters degree.

        • Anonymous says:

          I did not write the post that you are commenting on but I do take offence to your comment "you must be a product of the government school".  I graduated from the Cayman Islands High School in 1987 and for sure I am not stupid.  I attended Cayman Prep School until I was 10 years and then went over to the Cayman Islands Middle School.  Where you go to school does not decide if you are going to learn or not – it comes from you as well.  Please stop and think before you post comments.. Thanks    

    • NinaLucas says:

       Do not blame the police for lack of information….someone is not asking all the good questions.  

    • Anonymous says:

      As soon as the victim whose throat was slit is in condition to answer questions then I am sure she will be able to add information to the investigation.  Then the police will focus on investigating the matter and apprehending the culprit rather than providing every detail to the public.

      Really! Her throat was slit and she nearly died and you seriously think she would be able to give a meaningful statement?

  16. Anonymous says:

    Hope at least some cow itch or lady hair had catch him in de bush!!

  17. Anonymous says:

    I commend officers in their efforts towards this situation.

    Its nice to see some progress from them after all. I was about to give up on them  until i observed the quick action that took place Friday night 11th July with the robbery in Bodden Town.

    Well Done Officers!.. I’m proud to say this for the first time.

    They actually managed to prevent Homicide. The poor woman might have died if those police weren’t patrolling.

  18. Anonymous says:

    XXXXX I do commend the RCIP for their patrols, I’ve noticed their presence and regardless of the situation they prevented it from being worse.  Too bad we don’t seem to have many that can run fast enough after offenders.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Bravo RCIPS.  Shame he got away but, presumably, they have an eye witness and a crime scene so he won’t be at large for long.  Goes to show how valuable foot patrols are.

    • Beachboi says:

      Bravo absolutely, BUT why did one of the officers not take chase while the other remained behind to call for EMS and care for the victim.

      I commend the RCIP for their bravado of late and pray that they keep up this great trend. 

  20. Anonymous says:

    You know, whether they caught they guy or not, I am just grateful that they turned up when they did, because had they not, god knows whether this poor victim would have survived this attack and what else the attacker might have done to her.

    As another poster has said – patrols should continue in each district every day and every night – that should be the norm – particularly at night.

  21. One time in Cayman you could go clubbing or for walks on a graveyard shift. Now when the son goes down, look out for what’s worse than a vampire – criminals up to no good

    Now these days, once night falls, I lock both doors to my home and rarely venture outside unless I have to.

    Hear is a word of advice for couples who believes each time they argue they must separate and go out to get some fresh air:

    Go with someone you know who is responsible and knows how to fight. It doesn’t make sense to be alone at late hours.

  22. A Guy says:

    I hope the girl has the courage to name this filth.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Sad that police were able to come this close and the attacker managed to escape-i hope we will here about his capture and CONVICTION.

     

    Thank God her life has been speared.

    • Anonymous says:

      Amen on all accounts. And where was the multi-million $ chopper when all of this was going on? Isn’t that what it’s for? Or do we (again) have no plan for shift-flying for this very expensive piece of machinery that doesn’t complain if it has to fly at 2:00am in the morning? Here we go again… no planning for anything.

      • Anonymous says:

        I for one heard the chopper out for several times last night, and the night before.  It seems to be around every day as well, and our friends said it was out around Bodden Town last friday night. 

      • Anonymous says:

        Yeah.  Where was the chopper?  Didn’t they know exactly where this crime would be committed and couldn’t they fly there in time to prevent such a violent attack or at least hunt down the perpetrators?  Much like the attack on the intelligence of CNS readers from this poster.

  24. CONCERNED says:

    Well, it really goes to show that the police can stop many crimes by comming out of the police station and patrolling at nights.   The public should not have to tell the poilce to check parked vehicles.   It was done in the olden days,and you was asked to move.  Stop vagrancy.  No parking along bush roads, and beach roads at night.  Check them all and be prepared for anything.

    • Anonymous says:

      Miss your point here……….. the public did not ‘tell the police to patrol’…… they were doing it off there own back and quite rightly.  This lady is one lucky lady.

  25. Anonymous says:

    And …I just cancelled my 2 week vacation to GC. Enough is enough.

    • Anonymous says:

      That’s too bad.  The crime in Cayman is still way lower than most places however all you need to do is be careful!

      • Pit Bull says:

        If by "most places" you mean Russia, Mexico, Columbia and Jamaica.

        Ask us about our murder rate specials.

      • Anonymous says:

        Crime per CAPITA is much higher than most tourist destinations around the world. Yes alot of other Caribbean islands have crime problems too but the tourists are always kept well away. Cayman is too small for this level of violence.

        Go to Jamaica, Dominican, Turks etc and the majority of tourists will stay in massive hotel complexes completely shielded from the outside world with armed guards and security patrols. All trips are escorted and nobody goes within miles of the dodgy areas. Nobody has reason to leave their nice hotels.

        Go to Cayman and they may be in a supposedly ‘safe’ tourist area like seven mile beach and there is an increasing likelihood of being shot, stabbed or just beaten up like the guy outside Comfort Suites last night that didn’t even warrant a newspaper story.

    • Anonymous says:

       

      Unfortunately my little island is no longer the place that time forgot. If you really feel that the current increase in crime is too much for your two week vacation I understand. But if you are going to change your plans to another destination, bear in mind that when the press no longer publicizes crime it is because it is too prevalent therefore it is no longer newsworthy. Many other places in the world have much more prevalent crime. As a visitor to any country and in your own home town you should have your wits about you. Cayman is still a safe place to visit.
       
      As a young female (under 30) I travel frequently around the world without a travel companion. I always feel safest at home. If it brings any comfort, at least the violent criminals here dress and look the part (choice of clothing, visual markings, manner of walking, speech – poor English grammer and I’m not talking about the local slang etc.). In most of North America and Europe, some (not all) of the violent criminals can look like, act and walk as if they are just another normal civilian. 
    • anonymous says:

      Hi

       

      I don’t blame you for cancelling your trip but could you please advise what part of the world you are from?  I need to find that completely crime free element that is so missing in the Cayman Islands.  Stop and think!  If you are from the United States, Grand Cayman probably fits in the center of your smallest town with space left over.  Our newspapers, radios and television station have to broadcast the news and this is big for our island.

       

      What about the guy in Mass who is charged with 4 murders (family nonetheless).  Do people not go to Mass. because some family was murdered?

       

      Have a nice day.

      • Anonymous says:

        You are contradicting yourself massively. The reason tourists and residents alike are concerned is that Cayman is very small and per capita crimes are becoming huge.

        Yes there are many more murders in almost any country in the world, but then they have millions and millions of people, not 50,000 odd. That murders you quote in Boston happened in a state of over 6m people so more than 120 times as many. yet there is nowhere near 120 times the murders or violent crimes.

        The state of massuchussetts is also 103 times the size of cayman in terms of land area. So not all the crime is focused within a couple of miles of where the tourists hang out.

        You can keep sticking your head in the sand and pretending there isn’t a problem here, but there is. This is real and people are going to stop coming here.

        • Anonymous says:

          Plus, not that it should make a difference, but the crime that took place in Massachusetts, was one sicko who took out his mental issues on his family. The crime in Cayman usedto be local vs. local (which of course was not right), but then it branched out to innocent women and now robberies of innocent victims and establishments that everyone visits.

          Crime in alot of the inner cities is exactly that- in the inner cities and if you avoid those streets or blocks one can basically avoid being a victim. One can not so easily avoid crime on a small island. IMO

        • Don't 4get Me says:

          You’re just as contradicting, if not more.  Certainly quoting statistics from other parts of the world is useless without putting them into perspective.  When you compare countries there are many variables to consider, not just land area and the infamous ‘per capita’.  These are scare tactics that the general (dare I say U.S.) media uses as "scientific evidence" to incite fear in the average person so I’d say just slow it down a bit. Because usually, once the real variables are factored in, it is a far weaker case.

          Moving on though, there are many areas of GCM that I have not seen one article regarding something criminal happening on/around these properties.  I also think this is the basic point the earlier poster was trying to make. I regularly visit many establishments across the island but have never witnessed anything criminal (and hopefully I never do). But that doesn’t mean I’m not aware of what does happen, and it doesn’t mean I’m not always on my guard. It also doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy the island because of fear. So I say throw down your bullhorn Nostradamus and just get a grip on the scare talk.

          The crime issue is a serious one that needs urgent addressing but it doesn’t mean every one should flee the island. It certainly is getting worse but Cayman is not ‘gone’ (yet).   The many blunders and few actual saves by our police encourage crime because people know they most likely WILL get away with it. The condition keeping most of us (across the world) from committing crimes is the risk simply isn’t worth it.  

          • Anonymous says:

            Name these famous non-crime rates on the island. I don’t know of any?

            West Bay – Lots of murders, shootings plus this very attack

            SMB – Increasingly frequent muggings, nightclub shootings and stabbings most weeks at LI lounge / ala kebabs

            Georgetown – Burger king robbery, frequent shootings in mcfield/rockhoel areas

            South Sound – Grand Old house carjacking, armed home invasion last week, gas stations robber

            Red Bay – armed robbery of gas stations, armed robbery of shopkeeper

            Savannah – Armed robbery of pizza hut in daylight

            Bodden – Armed gas station robbery, shootings this year

            Eastend/Northside – Gas station robberies, bar brawls, shootings – so bad they need CCTV

            So WHERE exactly are these crime free areas?? You are never more than 2 miles away from anywhere that has seen a violent crime in the last 2 months. Few other places in the world can say that.

      • CONCERNED PAPER CAYMANIAN says:

        I LOVE CAYMAN, and IT is absolutely disgusting how some commentors rant and rave as if Cayman is a bad place to live.  It is not true, because Cayman is still one of the safest places to live on this planet.

        People who make these comments about  the Island surely has an itch to scratch.   If someone could direct me to a more safe and better place to live than the Cayman  Islands, please  tell me now so I can pack, buy a home and get residence there.

      • anonymous says:

        Take away the law-abiding expats, and your per capita crime goes through the stratosphere…

    • Anonymous says:

      I totally understand this person’s feelings. I have visited the island the last 12 years and will be down there in a few months for my annual visit. Yes, there is crime everywhere, but it seems that the crime in Cayman is "scary" and I am not sure if that is because before there wasn’t  hardly any crime??? Or is it because it seems that there are attacks of young women on back roads in cars? There is also crime listed almost daily – at first it was all the shootings and then the robberies? I can not grasp why exactly it is frightening, but it is definently unsettling. (I am sure for tourists and local alike). It is becoming harder to  place your hard earned money on a vacation trip when you are not feeling comfortable with the surroundings even though our many friends live there.

  26. Anonymous says:

    One wonders what was ommitted from this sad tale that would give any credence to the officers who didn’t manage to catch this guy at the scene.

    • Anonymous says:

      Sometimes,in a crisis, you have to make up your mind what is the best thing to do in a fraction of a second. Immediate first aid may have saved this young womans life. Finger prints, DNA, and a live victims description, will allow them to catch up with the thug later. And of course no mother brother or other relative is going to ask the thug how come he came home in the middle of the night with blood all over him.

    • anonymous says:

      I am one of the last people who defends the police on this island.  I could  almost count the real ones on both hands (Yes we have that many).

       

      But next question?  Do you know the Liar’s Tree Area.  As I said previously I am not defending the police but as anyone who knows this particular territory will agree, Iron Shore (through grape trees) and lots of bush leading to the Dykes, is quite difficult to go through especially at that time of morning.  Would you like to try this.  I hope they catch the culprit but give some of the cops a little break.