Police report surge in burglaries

| 17/05/2012

Crime-Scene.jpg(CNS): Following a spate of burglaries on Grand Cayman over the past few weeks the RCIPS is warning the public to be extra vigilant and to keep a record, including serial numbers, of all valuables but in particular electrical items and the burglars’ goods of choice – laptops. The police say that overall burglaries have actually fallen slightly so far this year compared to 2011 but they still account for almost 75% of reported serious crime in the Cayman Islands. Officers are urging members of the public and businesses to do their part to ensure that their security measures are appropriate. 

“Burglars can, and will, strike at all times of the day or night – that’s why we need you, the public, to take all necessary steps to make your home/ business secure,” said Chief Inspector Frank Owens.  “If a burglar has the choice of two properties, one with security or locked windows and doors, or another without such measures, he or she will take the easy option.  Do not have your home or business targeted because it’s an easy option.”

CI Owens advised people to mark their property with a UV pen and take notes of the make, model and serial numbers. “The latest electrical items of choice for burglars operating in the Cayman Islands are laptops. So, please make sure you do all you can to keep your computer as safe as possible. If the property is stolen the chances of it being recovered increase greatly if you can provide the police with such detailed information.”
Owens said the RCIPS is working in partnership with Ecay, and if people provide detailed information, including serial numbers, officers will consider posting that information on the site, both as a crime prevention measure and to appeal for information.

“Remember if you are offered a cut-price computer, and the seller is unable to provide details of purchase history etc., then you should be suspicious – it may in fact be stolen and you could end up being charged with receiving stolen goods,” CI Owens warned.

Crime prevention advice relating to burglaries can be found on the RCIPS website

The RCIPS says the basic steps to follow are:
When you go out, always lock the door and the windows – even if you are not going far.
Window locks, especially on older windows, will help stop people getting in – and remember a burglar is less likely to break in if they have to smash a window.
If you have deadlocks, use them. They make it harder for a thief to get in and out – do not leave the key in an obvious place.
Don’t leave spare keys outside and put keys out of sight within the house.
Use timers for lights and radios if you need to be away from home overnight. This will create the impression someone is in.
Visible burglar alarms, well lit streets and carefully directed security lighting can put burglars off. But make sure that lights don’t disturb your neighbours and alarms turn off after 20 minutes.
Fences at the back of the house may make this area more secure, but walls and solid fencing may let a thief break in without being seen. A good compromise is chain-link fencing, or trellises with prickly shrubs.
Fitting a ‘spy hole’ allows you to see who is at the door before you open it. Having a door chain means you can open the door just a small way to talk to them if you do not know them.
Anyone who wishes to speak to a police officer about crime prevention concerns should contact their local police station.

 

Category: Crime

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Yes, my home was broken into last Tuesday during the day, they got my laptops and my Kindle.  I had good stong locks on the doors (cannot share exactly how they broke in as it might give ideas for would be thieves).  But they went through every drawer and every nook and cranny in my house searching for ..??? Money ..??  Jewelry ..???  I am always careful exiting my house to make sure all the door and window locks are secure, my house has extensive outside lighting at night (mine was a broad daylight robbery).  I have a peephole in my front door…. did I miss anything that the police recommend?

    The sad part is that although the police came out Tuesday night to collect evidence (again, cannot say what) they assured me that they would be in contact the very next day.  That should have been Wednesday, well here it is Sunday night — have I heard from them — of course not.  Will I hear from them — I very much doubt it.  I have seen and heard so many bad things about our local police and really didn't want to believe it, but now have to admit it's true.

    What am I doing to protect my home in the future?  Every alarm, camera, sensor, known to mankind has been fitted into my home. 

    To be fair, when I came here 27 years ago I stayed at Treasure Island Resort and I can remember coming home and finding a sliding screen door had been forced open and a few minor things missing.  But that was all those years ago and our police are still not up to speed with this type of crime?  And they still are not following up??  C'mon, we're just a small place and how many imported British police officers does it take to solve this type of crime?

  2. Annonnymous says:

    How about legalizing a pit bulls, and other ferocious dogs so they can run free in the yard, tall-fenced of course so they can take care of the would be burglers; oh, I forgot they can shoot or poison them! Darn! How about legalizing every home-owner to have a gun for protection, so one can at least sleep peacefully at night, so when the installed alarm goes off there is time to get the gun pointed at the place of intrusion and the intruder? Darn! SELF PRESERVATION IS IMPOSSIBLE AND LACK OF RIGHTS TO BEAR ARMS, IS AN ABUSE OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND ILLEGAL, NOT TO MENTION EXPENSIVE IN THE CAYMAN ISLANDS!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Burgler bars, razor wire, gated communities, armed guards….

     

    Cayman is a land of lost innocence. Sad.