Cops warn public to remain vigilant as thefts increase

| 06/08/2014

(CNS): Following the recent revelations that the theft has increased in the first half of this year more than 80% compared to the first six months of 2013, the RCIPS is urging people to be more vigilant over their homes, businesses and property. Although serious crime fell marginally in the first part of 2014 compared to last year, the boom in thievery pushed the overall crime rate up by more than27%. While the fall in burglaries was welcomed by the police as that remains aspecific concern for the wider public, the increase in theft will require extra vigilance, the police said.

"The RCIPS continues to urge the public to do what they can to help by ensuring vehicles, boats, sheds and yards are kept secure and items such as cameras, computers and phones are kept out of view and locked away," an RCIPS spokesperson stated, as he warned people to take care when parking their cars. "Wherever possible leave it in an area that is well lit and away from anywhere a potential thief could hide."

The police also asked people to report anyone acting suspiciously in their communities and neighbourhoods.

If any member of the public would like to receive further crime prevention advice, they are asked to contact their local police station where they will be put in touch with the neighbourhood officer.

Category: Crime

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I read not to long ago this guy was arrested for burglary and had been arrested 79times!! 79!! We need to have the three strikes your out law!most of these crooks have a record as long as your arm! Get them off the streets and make our country safe again.

  2. Anonymous says:

    soooooo….they found a container full of stolen  goods and don't know who took the stuff? what happened there? if they just seized the container without performing some sort of sting operation to lock everyone involved in then i guess what they're suggesting is right – it is OUR duty to enforce the laws….. tell you one thing.. home/car/property owners will not take this stuff much longer abiding by the law. pepper spray, tasers, machete, guns…. OTHERWISE law abiding citizens own these things…and should be warranted to use them if the police aren't willing/able to do their jobs.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I know I will get alot of thumbs down for this but I also had an incident where I had to call the police about a year ago. The officer was Jamaican. He came and asked a few questions and left.  No statement taken.  Only after I kept calling him I was asked to give a statement and during that time it occurred to me after observing his actions that he had no place being in the RCIPS because he was incompetent to the core. He could hardly speak proper English, or write a sentence never mind using a computer to type a statement.  As long as Cayman keeps taking from the bottom of the barrel we will continue to get bad servie and representation from the  RCIPS. Has anyone ever listened to Angelique Howell speak? And she in charge.   I rest my case.

     

    • Anonymous says:

      Well get your own Caymanians to become policemen. They wont because their families give them too much grief always expecring them to look the other way. I never knew people like Caymanians when it comes to complaining and blaming others -usually foreigners.Some are really sickening and to hear their illiterate ignorant rants to the likes of Arden and Ezzard on talk shows is embarrassing to us Caymanians who are not like that.

  4. Anonymous says:

    How about denting the composition of these rings with some targeted sting operations RCIPS?!?  Or actually looking for, and engaging late night acts in progress.  There is plenty of Crime Fighting 101 by appointment only.   A warning to thieves and criminals through a big takedown would be a welcome reversal in PR stance from blaming victims and the other honest folk that fund your salaries.  

  5. Anonymous says:

    A novel idea for you. How about the RCIPS being vigilant? Too much to ask? Silly me…aplogies for having the audacity to suggest it..

  6. Anonymous says:

    Those who owned property and interests through Ivan will recall (and be ever mindful) that Cayman is always one good storm away from a full curfew Mad Max movie.

    • Anonymous says:

      And one big one coming this year! Hopefully it will wipe the all the wicked people of this rock.

      • Anonymous says:

        Just curious if you were around for Ivan when the Island was apparently cleared of all wickedness by God? Do you remember what happended next? Think it won't happen again?

      • Anonymous says:

        The amount of gay sex I have been having, I wonder if there such a thing as a Cat 6?

  7. B. Earl Lee Breathing says:

    and when the vigilantes step in?

    would there be a statute on lack of policing and limitations where civilians can "step up to the plate" or is this what is needed to be done to eliminate such banter?

    its only when one of these thieves' mothers finds out that her child has a cracked skull for breaking and entering and now wants to press charges when things will get serious.

    lock your doors

    catalogue your belongings

    and hol' tight cayman

     

    pease and bacon grease

     

  8. Anonymous says:

    Crime and thiefing will continue, and continue, Cayman has no hope, like it or no! What is very interesting is that our children are being trained to steal and disrespect people's property. This morning just after 6:30 a lady who overseas children in a home in Lower Valley were seen under a guinep tree in a neighbourhood with two of the children breaking down the limbs of the tree and eating to their hearts content. What kind of moral is thought to these children, just knock on the neighbour's door and do the right thing "ask" "get permission" to enter your property. This is what children are being thought from small and they grow into adulthood still thinking they can enter a property and take, steal and destroy, and these caretakers are being paid to destroy young lives. A man in Palmdale has a pear tree in his property/yard close to his main house and a few weeks he was threatened in his own yard by a van load of thieves who picked his pears and had them in their vehicle. When he spoke to a police officer he in turn was asked "do you have your peoperty fenced"? Fenced or no fence that is your private home and yard. A few month ago I heard a lady at church said that where she come from if the fruits are there and no one is picking them you have the right to "take" them. The lady overseeing those young people at the home are from the same country. We have a growing epidemic and in a short time there will be more containers leaving with stolen goods by those "trained to take".  What a slap in the face to hard working citizens in this country, while we are out  working trying to make ends meet , trained thieves are robbing and destroying our homes and properties. May God have mercies on Cayman.

    • Anonymous says:

      We do ourselves harm by importing thieves.  What else can you expect?  This is our problem, allowing drifters to invade our private property, and the police will tell you to call 911.  Make sure when you call 911 they will have to deal with an emergency.  

      Anyone who enters my property, will have to answer to someone else.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Seeing the total incompetence of the police after my home invasion I am not surprised burglary is on the increase. They don't care.

    Turned up 3 hrs after  the report was made,walked through the house while making a personal call on his cell.

    Statement not taken until 3 days after at 11.30pm as officer was on days off. The statement took 3 1/2 hrs as the officer typed with one finger and had to search for each letter on the keyboard.

    Accused my husband of leaving the patio door unlocked, despite the fact the patio door had been smashed to gain entry.

    Totalshambles. If I found myself in the same situation (god forbid) I would not bother caling the police.

  10. Knot S Smart says:

    And on another matter it is really disgusting when people are driving along minding their own business and a car or truck or mini-bus just stops in the middle of the road in front of them, because they saw their friend on the side of the road, and stopped to either chat or pick them up. Usually there is a line of traffic behind them that is held up because of this.

    I propose a law to to prevent this with a fine of $100 with the police giving a $25 reward for any member of the public who takes a photo of the incident with the date and time stamp, and takes it to the police station. Blocking traffic is a good name for the offence…

    This will ease up the burden of the police, create a new source of income for the government and reward the public, and penalize the unconscionable-idiots who do this…

     

  11. Anonymous says:

    PPM in power. Saw the bunch of them dancing in the street last week, meanwhile the thieves running hot, and people going hungry. These politicians only good to themselves. My God, what a mess this place is.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Stop blaming the victims and do your freaking jobs. Enforce the laws! You do not. Illegality is seen everywhere now. You are losing control, and blaming me because I have a bush in my garden?

    • Anonymous says:

      If we cannot even prosecute those who are stealing right in front of our noses i.e. GasBoy as one example, how on God's green earth do you expect them to catch and prosecute a thief who has gotten away with stealing from an apartment?