Too many offenders juveniles, say police

| 09/12/2008

(CNS): Operation Thor II, the annual Christmas policing operation in West Bay, resulted in the arrest of eight men, two of which were juveniles, on suspicion of various violations including unlawful assembly and consumption of a controlled substance. During the operation, which took place on Thursday, 4 December, officers targeted suspected offenders believed to be responsible for crimes within the area.

The ages of those arrested as a result of this proactive policing policy range from 14 to 24, and Area Commander Chief Inspector Angelique Howell commented, “Too many of those offending in the community are young persons who are still under parental care. Parents need to be aware of where their children are, who they are with and the activities they are involved in.”

In the RCIPS release, CI Howell added that this was particularly important over the Holiday Season when young people were on their Christmas break from school or college. “We are actively targeting those who carry out criminal activity in our community and parents should take responsibility for their children and ensure they are not involved in illegal activities,” she said.

Residents of West Bay are encouraged to attend a crime awareness seminar on Wednesday, 10 December. The event, a joint venture between the RCIPS and Boatswain’s Beach, will take place at 6:30 pm at John A Cumber Primary School and will give key crime prevention messages as well as tips on personal safety.

Anyone with information about crime taking place in the Cayman Islands should contact their local police station or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS). All persons calling
crime stoppers remain anonymous, and are eligible for a reward of up to $1000, should their information lead to an arrest or recovery of property/drugs.

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