Crime falls by only 1.3%

| 03/03/2012

_DEW0772-web.jpg(CNS): Crime fell by the slimmest of margins in 2011 when compared to 2010, according to figures released on Friday by the RCIPS, but there were half as many offences on Cayman’s roads last year than the year before. Between January and December 756 serious crimes were reported to police compared to 766 in 2010 — a dip of 1.31%. Volume and less serious crimes fell by just over five per cent and drug arrests increased slightly by just over 2.68%. The dramatic shift in the figures, however, was in the number of traffic offences, which fell from 8,888 in 2010 to 4,429 last year.

Despite the significant fall in this category, ten people were killed on the roads in 2011 compared to seven the year before, an increase of 43%. Non-fatal accidents fell slightly by 2% but there were still 1,430 smashed on Cayman’s roads last year.

Although the crime statistics show a marginal decline, there was just one less robbery in 2011 than the year before, and six people were murdered in Grand Cayman last year compared to five in 2010. There was also an increase of 25% in attempted murders. Both burglaries and aggravated burglaries fell slightly but assault GBH and other offences of violence such as wounding increased.

The dramatic fall in traffic offences was largely due to the fall in tickets given to people not wearing seatbelts. It is not clear if this was down to an improvement in compliance or a decline in enforcement. Meanwhile, although 142 people were charged with DUI in 2011 this was a 21% decline on the 2010 figures when 179 people were caught after they got behind the wheel having consumed alcohol.

See crime and traffic statistics below or visit the RCIPS website

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Considering how much the police budget has been increased in the last few years and a reduction of only 1.3% I'd say this is not good value for money. It just shows that you can buy any number of fancy cars, boats and helicopters you want but if the strategy is not appropriate then the results will show that.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Its hard to issue a ticket if the patrol car parked at a gas station eating Pizza or parked at an apartment complex for hours on end. When will you buy GPS and database system and install in all patrol cars. I guess in the next 5 years when it gets out of hand or  someone opens a company here and over quotes the cost  100% 

  3. Alan Nivia says:

    It looks like the National Day of Prayer Against Crime worked then.

    • Anonymous says:

      A national day of prayer cannot work in a vacuum. But "if [God's] people, who are called by [his] name, will humble themselves and pray and seek [his] face and turn from their wicked ways, then [the Lord God] will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land" – 2 Chron 7:14. You cannot pray with your lips and cherish iniquity in your heart and expect results. Our leaders cannot call on God and continue to do dirty deeds in the dark. God will not hear them.  

  4. My2Sense says:

    You can put whatever numbers you want up there, the truth is we feel less and less safe in our home land!  Between incompetent police and incompetent and irresponsible government, how could you expect to feel any different?


    Truth betold, young people here are misguided due to the poor parenting they received from their money hungry parents who sold out to the government and expats and the same people complaining to get their rights back.  If they hadn't sold out for the $$ in the first place (and managed to squander it) they wouldn't be running back with their tails between their legs (and kids running around shooting everyone).


    Sorry Cayman but we need to deal with the problem of our youth and this takes more than posting on CNS (while your kid robs Dominos).  Make your kids accountable and responsible for their actions!  Is it so hard?  Was it so different for you?  Look in the mirror…the biggest problem is that we've become too lazy to do anything about it!


    Who da fat cat is now?

    • Anonymous says:

      Isn't there an Ipad or Blackberry app for raising kids?Or maybe we canhand out instructional flyers at the club on the weekend.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Mac stats

  6. Anonymous says:

    Baines need to go, since he took office the crime rate went up & he is letting criminals walk free!!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    the only reason road traffic offences have gone down is because people are too affraid to go out these days lol.

  8. Anonymous says:

    CNS, the overall crime total is down 4.43%, your reference to 1.3 appears to have missed all a section of reporting?

  9. Anonymous says:

    A 50% decrease in traffic offences (prosecutions by RCIPS) and a 43% increase in fatalaccidents. Plrease note the correlation to the RCIPS enforcing the law (or lack there of) and the resulting crimes.

    • Alan Nivia says:

      Increased gas prices seems to have a positive unintended consequence.

      • Anonymous says:

        Yes, people are driving half as much and twice as intent on killing themselves. Way to go UDP.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Just because someone was not given a ticket for speeding, doesn't mean they weren't speeding.  If you don't put officers on the road to see the crimes occurring, it doesn't mean they are not happening…

  11. Anonymous says:

    Bye bye Baines.

  12. Anonymous.... says:

    Sadly stats like this are meaningless unless RCIPS also disclose any changes made in reporting methods between 2010 and 2011, the impact of staffing changes, and factors like the willingness of the public to call the police – and they won't be because RCIPS media relations policy currently relies on the mushroom principle, "keep them in the dark and feed them BS."




  13. Anonymous says:

    It's called juking the stats.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Crime may be down in Grand Cayman, but I am very nervous about the crime that you have been having.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Given the vagaries of statistics in general, these numbers seem high when you look at the population we have. I would be interested to see what other readers think when compared to let’s say, a town of similar population in the U.S. Canada or the U.K. Several hundred serious crimes ?

  16. Anonymous says:

    Dropped?  Droppedwhere???That is totally impossible…here we go again the magicians are at it again, creating illussions!!!

  17. Anonymous says:

    The problem with these statistics is that they can be readily manipulated based upon the methodology of the data collection. The arrest and successful conviction of said defendant statistics would be interesting as well.

    One can only guess what number of crimes were not reported for one reason or another and how many people in the country feel afraid in their own homes at night.

  18. Yes Dread says:

    Oh no! not this again, Crime is down alright right down on top of us. Meanwhile we have the Police Mascot telling us not to speculate about crime, oh well i guess its better than his one line Intelligently aggressive dribble he usually waffles on about. Same old same old RCIPS.

  19. Alan Nivia says:

    Can we ticket cars without working brake lights?  Half the beaten up old cars coming down West Bay Road have a dangerous lack of operating lights.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Someone should look closely at the stats. If you look at the speeding figures you will see that whoever has compiled and presumably checked them will see that the actual total figure is less than half of the previous year. ( the compiler has actually taken the year ‘2011’ into the overall figures)

    • Anonymous says:

      The figures certainly make no sense at all. They must have been compiled by the man himself.