Police tell residents to number their properties

| 07/06/2009

(CNS): A long standing complaint by the emergency services that missing house numbers cause them undue delays has resurfaced following a statement by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service that in an emergency every second counts and all residents need to ensure house numbers are clearly posted and easily visible on their properties. “We often have cases where police officers have to spend time trying to find houses,” said Superintendent Marlon Bodden. “This can mean assistance takes longer to get to you which could result in you being in danger unnecessarily.”

911 Emergency Communications Manager Brent Finster stressed that clearly readable numbers can save precious time. “In an emergency, response time is crucial. Seconds or minutes can be lost if personnel cannot find an address. This time can mean the difference between life and death,” he said.

Residents are being urged to install numbers where they are not present and make sure those that are installed can be seen. Tenants who do not have house numbers should speak with their landlords.

“Make sure your number is not obstructed by bushes or trees,” said Finster. “And use actual numbers rather than spelling it out in words as this makes it easier for emergency personnel to read as they pass by.”

In addition, residents are being urged to prepare themselves for emergencies and think about what they need to know in advance of an incident taking place. For example, all residents should know their complete and exact address, not just their community, district, strata or building name – this will assist in getting help to you as quickly as possible.

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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  1. AJ says:

    Thank you for encouraging everyone to put up their house numbers or make them more visable.  This not only helps the emergency services, it helps delivery services who go by these house numbers.  I would also like to say that for the people who have put up your numbers, drive by your house (at the recommended speed limit) and see if you can see and read the numbers.  They should be within readable length from the road (also take into consideration that some people have bad eyesite) and should be well lite that the numbers could be read at night if need be.

    Also, three cheers to the hospital emergency crew…THEY FINALLY HAVE A NEW AMBULANCE!!!!!!  PRAISE BE TO GOD!!!!!!!  I have personally seen this ambulance sitting in the lot across from Corner Pocket and it looks a pretty sight for sore eyes.  I hope that this is a brand new ambulance and not a second hand one.