Crime is down reveals Mac

| 20/12/2010

(CNS): The country’s crime statistics have fallen over the course of 2010, the country’s premier has said. In the wake of criticism from the public, as well as from the opposition in the country’s parliament, that the premier is not focusing on the perceived increase in crime in the community, McKeeva Bush said serious crime over the first 9 months of the year has dropped by 3.38 percent. Speaking at the Northern Caribbean Conference on Economic Cooperation on Friday, he said it was still “a major point of concern for my government” and that any opportunity to improve national security through sharing of information or the pooling of regional resources was welcomed.

Bush pointed out that for decades the Cayman Islands had taken pride in its safety and tranquillity and low crime levels but things had changed.

“We’ve had to strengthen our border policing to stem the smuggling of firearms, drugs and people,” he pointed out. “Our marine and air operations unit are equipped and performing well, and thanks to proper equipment, the ASU and Marine Unit can work together to quickly search air, land and sea for fugitives.”

Explaining Cayman’s crime fighting strategies to the more than 150 delegates gathered at the conference, he said both the police service and the legal department were working with his government ministers to amend legislation “to keep ahead of criminal threats” and witness anonymity and protection.

He said the use of the new legislation was already bearing fruit as he said it was instrumental in securing a conviction in a murder case within a few weeks of implementation. Bush said he was interested in hearing about the possibility of building closer alliances within the Northern Caribbean for witness protection.

Turning to the local fight against crime, he said work was also underway to advance the national Closed Circuit TV project. “This will allow us to monitor our hotspot areas and will be extremely beneficial in the disruption, prevention and detection of crime,” he said.

He also added there was a need for additional training to enhance skill levels for all echelons of crime prevention staff and prison wardens and added that there were issues with law enforcement that were common to all the countries in the region.

“I’m willing to bet that we need improved file and evidence preparation in all of our countries. Criminals have become a transient commodity and they have mastered the art of disguise. However, there are certain identification features that are unchangeable and as a region we should be utilizing technology to be able to share this information,” he added.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Crime is down yet Mac puts up a ten foot fence around his house that we all had to pay for.  Seems like he is concerned about security to me.  Why would he be so concerned if crime is down?

    Incidentally when I tried to put an eight foot wall around my property the plannind dept told me is was not possible, they dont allow fences that high.

    Might as well rename them the Mac Islands, he does what he wants

    • anonymous says:

      You have not just Mac to blame for the fence.  His appointed CPA board did not have the "guts" to question his request and just rubber stamped it.  They too should be ashamed.

      Would they have allowed it of their neighbors. I think not!!!

  2. Right ya so says:

    …what planet is he living on???

  3. The Original Anon says:


    • Anonymous says:

      Mac i do agree with you because i never now that you had crime in your yard, good job keep it up BIG MAC.

  4. Shock and Awe says:

    Next he’ll be saying "There has been no increase in serious crime.. just more overly-sensitive victims."

  5. Anonymous says:

    Dear Premier,

    No, it is not.

    Best Regards,

    The Cayman Islands.


  6. Anonymous says:


    Is this number statistically significant, Mr. Premier?

    Can we see a standard deviation, Mr. Premier?

    How about a frequency histogram over time, Mr. Premier?

    Why do you report this percentage with such a high level of precision, Mr. Premier?

    Oh. Sorry. I forgot that you were innumerate. Apologies.

  7. Real World says:

    Same world, different planet.  Here’s the real situation — people of a nervous disposition should not read this document:

    As reported in the printed media from 1 January 2009 to date.

    Click here to read crime list

    CNS Note: I published it separately since it’s fairly long.

  8. Anonymous fisher man says:

    WHAT IS THIS MAN SMOKING.  I WONDER IF THIS MAN REALY BELIVE THIS. AND IF HE DO WHO IT WAS THAT CONVINCE HIM THAT IT IS SO..  Some time ago the police use to keep record of every crime was comitted in the country. in come a commissioner of police and change that, that it would look like that he was doing a good job with crime.  he might have fooled the politicians and some of the public, but i was not fool    the record was change to if some one was arrested for four offences only was recorded for statistics EX JOHN BROWN WAS ARRESTED FOR posession of ganja,assault,offence weapon, anddamage to property, only one of these offence was recorded..   i now wonder what has been done to OTRIS  for some boby to come up with thesr figurs.  it surely not so in the cayman islands i am living in.. just one thought mr premier statistics are like a bikni   YOU DO NOT GET WHAT YOU SEE.

  9. whodatis says:

    Folks, I am approaching this issue from the standpoint of perspective – so to speak.

    Has crime risen in the Cayman Islands? Of course.

    However, is crime to the levels of say Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Trinidad or many of our regional competitors? No way.

    For us to view our situation from our position alone carries the potential to cause us serious economic harm.

    Although things have gotten worse than before in Cayman – we are still very safe when compared to most other countries.

    As I have said before: "Cayman hasn’t become bad – it has become normal."

    Therefore, to publicly declare things in the way which many are suggesting will inherently attach all of the other stereotypes of unstable Caribbean countries.

    We are by no means unstable.

    We do not (as yet?) suffer from the common societal ills as do many of our regional neighbors. However, at times like these the outside world tends to clump us together. Who is willing to take that chance?

    A single and seemingly insignificant political gaffe can result in a lifetime of suffering in today’s swift "bad news hungry" world.

    Whereas I do understand the concerns and objections forwarded thus far – I still believe that the Premier is acting in the better of the reactionary avenues available to him.

    (Furthermore, he has gone as far to say that crime is “a major point of concern for my government”. That alone speaks volumes in the language of ‘Politico-speak’.)

    * I have never heard a British PM or tourism / economy official state a public warning to the world at large in regards to the levels of crime in say London, Manchester or Glasgow – and crime is significantly high(er) in those areas.

    ** E.g. I’ll bet my last dollar that the majority of readers are unaware that London (1), Dublin (3), and Belfast (4) are in the top 5 most dangerous EU cities.

    Again, I trust that serious action is being taken behind the scenes to tackle our upsurge in crime however, I am not in support of our Premier being expected to publicly declare what is common knowledge to everyone. Especially when most people would be much better off choosing Cayman than just about every other regional competitor – in terms of crime, sociopolitical stability, and the overall fear factor. (To selectively present towns, districts, rural areas of other jurisdictions is a bit unfair in my opinion. If we take that route then I would simply counter with "Little Cayman".)

    Anyway, I have said way more than my fair share on this issue. Apologies for the "top posting" – I couldn’t decide where to place my response to the various replies.

    I think we will have to agree to disagree on this one guys.

    However, I am pleased that Big Mac is remaining relatively mum on this issue.

  10. lol says:

    So, if crime is down then why is there a mile high fence being errected around his property? Hmmm…que interesting. What an irony.

    • EyesWideOpen says:

      ….n den sum’ting lek 50 cameras pon hem roof-top!

      Wa he lookn out fa?….h’expecten sum-um ti ‘a-pin o wa?

  11. Anonymouse. says:

    Oh how I miss the days when I grew up on the Brac. I am old now but can vaguely remember driving the lone policeman home after a regular friday night kitchen dance at Ashley’s..

  12. puppet on a string says:

     The Premier is absolutely right crime is down right down on top of us. Mckeeva reasoning defies the Caribbean region’s "up to date" statistics which indicate a serious rise in crime through out the entire region. The other ministers must have been astounded and amazed and they must take a back seat to our superior crime strategy and crime fighting tactics the envy of all. I can not remember when last anyone has seen a police annual report with current statistics.A serious examination of some aspects of such a report would show some serious contrast and discrepancies in comparison to how far we lost ground and would no doubt cause questions to be ask of our so call leadership management and advice. What i would would like to know is where the premier is getting these figures off of or from whom, his use of police jargon is indeed very suspect. thus my posting name.

  13. Anonymous says:

    I hate to bring you down to Planet Cayman Islands, but you should change your advisers or take the blinders off. There is not a single day that goes by where there is a serious crime in different districts, at least the ones that are reported.Unfortunatly with a high fence or off island a lot does not help. Let.s talk only about West Bay where many simple folks know where drugs are sold, crack, weed you name it and the same for years why is it that they are not stopped? We have been jocking for many years about becoming vigilantes but I have to be honest with you, if any more of our youth and even children get hurt, it may become a reality sooner then later.Same with other districts so before it get’s to that it would not be a bad idea to communicate this to HIS EXCELLENCY who happens to be in charge of our police dept. etc. and where is the Intelligence gathering? Joe Public is getting very worried Mr. Premier and we know that you know many of your people in West Bay. And then GeorgeTown… and then….. Respecfully yours,and we don’t want to become another Turks and Caicos. It would not be any elections for a while and well you know…..?

  14. U.S. Observer says:

    Almost every edition of the Caymanian Compass carries a story about another robbery, assault, shooting, murder or drug ncident.  Even heretofore placid and very tourist friendly Cayman Brac is no longer immune to crimes against the person.  The word is out here that the Cayman Islands are no longer to be considered "safe" and persons planning to visit Grand Cayman, especially, should be extremely careful when going out after dark.

    I’m not exactly sure what types of crimes the Premier thinks are declining but the headlines would seem to indicate that crime in the Caymans is  anything but on the decline.  It is becoming more like what one would expect to hear of a country like Jamaica.  It wasn’t too many years ago that a single murder on Grand Cayman literally rocked the residents to their very souls.  But that is no longer the case.  There are many cities in the U.S. equal in size to the total population of the Cayman Islands where no murders, random shootings or assaults with deadly weapons occur in the course of a given year.

    It is time to get serious about your crime wave.

    • Anonymous says:

      I hope that the Premier and the other politicians will act based on your words as they certainly have no interest when their own citizens plead with them to do something about crime. For the life of me I cannot understand why our politicians don’t seem to have any interest in doing anything that might upset the criminal element.

      • Anonymouse. says:

        Political parties throughout the Caribbean are known to have their share of criminal affiliation. The recent Dudus affair in Jamaica comes to mind. You will never hear any politician come out against the very people they depend on to keep them in power. Until the USA tries to extradite these criminals you will never even realize how affiliated these criminals are to the politicians.

        Time will tell. In the meantime the criminals are free and untouchable. Crime in a certain constituency is intended to scare all those who do not associate themselves with those in Power out of the constituency leaving only those who support those politicians and securing an election win at each and every election.

  15. Anonymous says:

    What a superb message to send to those committing the crimes, – they must smiling ear to ear knowing that the premier is on a totally different page to them. . .

  16. whodatis says:

    *CNN: … And this just in!

    We have just received breaking news from the tropical paradise famous for its luxury tourism, stable environment, financial services and remarkable standard of living known as the Cayman Islands.

    We go now to their Premier, The Hon. McKeeva Bush

    (Cut to live satellite video feed.)

    McKeeva: "Hello world – dis is McKeewa’ Bush. I would just like all o’ unna to know dat … we’s broke – and also … we’s sufferin’ from a ‘werry terrabull’ crime wave! How’ewa – don’t unna worry ’bout all a dat too much – keep on wisitin’ … aint nuttin ga’ happin to unna lo’wed ones and fambily membas! Also – dont worry too much ’bout unna life saywinz’ – we ga mek sure it nice and safe! Unna hear? Alright, dat’s all … back to you Wolf!"*

    Judging from the comments it seems that some of us would prefer the above scenario. Pray tell, what possible good would such an action serve?

    All residents are aware of what is going on – we are in this together. Broadcasting it to the world via the Premier will achieve what exactly?

    I think we really need to reconsider what we think we want in this regard.

    (E.g. The leaders of the western world did not admit to or acknowledge the presence of the current economic recession until it was glaringly obvious to all (and of course election time came around) – from that point on it was truly a recession. For when the people witness their leaders say "We are in a recession" – all doubt is removed, everyone stops spending, businesses close down, jobs are lost and … you know the rest. See where I am going here?)

    Again, this is one time that I have the Premier’s back.

    Disagree if you like – but tell me, what would you seriously prefer to "see" happen?

    (Note: We are not talking about what action should be taken. The issue here is the ‘official’ public perspective / statement from the country’s highest elected official.)

    • Anonymous says:

      "Disagree if you like – but tell me, what would you seriously prefer to "see" happen"?

      Well, I’d like to see McKeeva address the situation honestly and acknowledge that we have a problem, and then offer some real solutions – THAT"S HIS JOB!

    • Anonymous says:


      I am not sure why you suggest that we should only focus on the Premier’s feeble spin rather than his lack of any practical actions on crime. I would prefer him to say nothing rather than to make silly or outrageous statements that are totally contrary to the reality that we Caymanians and other residents of these islands face.

      A real leader would provide a detailed announced to his/her people outlining the practical steps the government was undertaking within 30 days to more effectively deter and punish crime, practical steps that would keep our families, our homes and our streets safer. There are a lot of practical steps that have been outlined on this site.

      Unfortunately no one has come up with a plan to make politicians and their cronies rich from eliminating crime. Perhaps if the politicians were allowed to sell the prisons to their friends on a "for profit" basis then they might be interested in putting a few criminals in jail and making our islands safe once again.

    • Anonymous says:

      What a load of bulls****t !

      This was the same rationale and argument used when McKeewa Bush (sic) tried to prevent the news of Ivan’s devastation of Cayman from reaching the outside world when every satellite from which news and other links are taken were broadcasting the devastation to the world in ‘live time’ !

      The ostrich is a strange bird; when it is being hunted, it runs and finds a place in the sand and buries its head there; the reason being if the ostrich isn’t seeing the hunter, for the ostrich, the hunter does not exist….

      Only one small problem with that; the ostrich’s big ole backside is still sticking way out in the open, a perfect target for the hunters rifle..

      End of story, bye bye ostrich.

      I hope we get the point….

      McKeewa doesn’t need to advertise to the world that Cayman’s crime problem is now of epidemic proportions; news services and word of mouth is already doing a good job of that.

      Neither does he need to be using damn lies and statistics to trick people who are way smarter than him to believe that it isn’t , either.

  17. Libertarian says:

    The Police should be a buffer against crime at all odds. However, I feel more monies can go into better equiping the Police and training them to detect futher crime. In order to do this, government may need to reduce the size of other sectors or privatize them for the monies. Also, in our educational curriculum there should be temperance courses, teaching our young people to avoid drugs, alcohol, early sexual activity, anger management, responsibility, and such like topics. Talk is cheap!  We need monies to fund projects and better our society.

  18. Anonymous says:

    maybe if he was here on island 3.38% of the time  taking care of govt’s business, he would know different

  19. Mad Shad says:

    Well I’ll be a son of a…… He’s going nuts I tell you.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Every week we are subject to nonsense coming from THE Premiere.  Next week….unemployment in Cayman down to 2%.


  21. Anonymous says:

    Statistics can say whatever you want them to say. Clearly this message was for foreign investors and tourists and not for consumption by those who happen to live in the country.

    Violent home invasions and armed robberies certainly are not down nor are convictions.

    I am disappointed in McKeeva Bush who is usually quite astute and who has missed on this issue terribly.

  22. Anonymous says:

    More hot air from the esteemed Premier.

    Crime is no doubt down in his "protected" world. But NOT for the rest of us!

    And what is 3-4% of to brag about anyway?….especially as we know statistics can so easily be manipulated to say almost anything.

    Try an "open and transparent" town-hall meeting with "transparent" phone ins and you’ll get a more accurate guage/measurement!

  23. Anonymous says:

    Hmmm – wondering if this will suffice to tell my children and cancel out all the therapy sessions they are undergoing since they have been subjected to a home invasion!

  24. whodatis says:

    Furthermore, it does appear that many are being a bit selective this time around.

    Within the news report there is a lot of other positive and in fact necessary proposals of regional cooperation in regards to crime prevention and drug / firearm trafficking that no one has commented on up to this point.

    I am not a general supporter of the Premier however, on this occasion he is addressing elements that are crucial to reversing our current state of affairs.

    For simply doing so he deserves a bit of credit.

    Let us hope it is more than hot air.

  25. whodatis says:

    It is claimed that crime is down in Cayman for the same reason that it is not admitted that the U.S. led military invasion into Afghanistan is a complete and utter failure … bad for business and politics.

    Everyone knows the true situation in either scenario and life goes on.

    In our case this is one time that I am supporting the Premier’s official declaration.

    The long lasting repercussions of doing otherwise is far too risky.

    (Just imagine how many of our competitors are waiting with bated breath for a negative headline from our senior elected official!)

    So long as he talks this sort of talk publicly, but is working his butt off behind the scenes to tackle the situation – then he is good in my books.

    *I sincerely hope that in reality this is what is really taking place.*

    • Pending says:

      Please tell us what effort he is puttig in to address the crime situation here? Oh wait, he doen’t even acknowledge it. Does he go to bed at night thinking when he opens his eyes in the mornig it will have all been just a dream?

      I guess so when he doesn’t even live here anymore.

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s either you don’t live here and is therefore not seeing/hearing about the crime on a daily/weekly basis OR you areone of those people he has "hired" BUT are not civil servants BUT are being paid from the govt. purse and therefore feel it necessary to agree with every piece of stupidity that he says OR you just plain and simple not with it.

      "So long as he talks this sort of talk publicly, but is working his butt off behind the scenes to tackle the situation – then he is good in my books."

      Please let me know when he starts working his butt off to tackle the crime situation……. probably when someone goes over that wall around his house and it happens in his own backyard!!!!!!!!!!!


    • Anonymous says:

      Whodatis, you never cease to amaze me. How can someone so articulate and so intelligent be so wrong?

      McKeeva isn’t doing us any favors by being disingenuous. The first step to solving this problem is admitting that we have one.

      Maybe McKeeva is just afraid to ask for help, but I really think he could use some on this one.

    • Anonymous says:

      Whodatis is that really you?  I used to find myself nodding at all your posts and agreeing, but these days with many of your comments I’m left scratching my head.




  26. Anonymous says:

    3.38% down???!! 

    Here is a statistic that is more realistic. Mr. Bush and the little fries don’t deserve 3.38% of the pay and benefits we are paying them and the opposition members that fail to bring forward proposals for changes to our criminal law are just as bad.

    The BEST that can be said about this government is that they are utterly useless when it comes to doing anything about crime. I used to think that they were just incompetent andsoft on crime..xxxxxx….

    If the politicians were actually interested in protecting the people of Cayman from the violent criminals rather than just stuffing money in their pockets, they would be in the LA this week changing the law to do away with parole for violent crime, increasing the penalties for violent crime, doing away with concurrent sentences for violent crimes and reforming the Northward Spa so that it functioned as a deterrent.


    • Anonymouse. says:

      3.38% down. Put that in real numbers and the actual amount of criminal activity is startling. Why did’nt Mack back up his percentages with some actual numbers to show the enormity of our crime problem.

      However those statistics are probably like our Government accounting. At least six years in arrears.

  27. West Bayer says:

    Yeah he right about crime being down….but what he was suppose to say is…."crime is DOWN IN WEST BAY more than ever"!!!

    Looky yah man, if yah can’t clean up your own backyard, how you expect to clean up dis whole island???

    Get wid it, or get out of it! We are suffering as a district, as a country, as a people!! What good a dock is gunna be for us, when no cruise ships stop in yah because of high crime!!! GET THE CHILDREN SOMETHING TO DO…QUICK..before their so called "friends" end up making dem kill they very own family members!!

  28. friendly neighborhood spiderman says:

    crimes are down, what are you all talking about. dont you see the police checking to see if the robbers i mean good citizens have their vehicles licensed and insured. dont you see them catching the speeders i mean do gooders on the road making sure that after they leave the bar or club heavely intoxicated that they meantain a safe speed so that if or when they crash they dont kill everybody in the car. ..thats the world we live in folks, unlicensed firearms?? what is that….make sure you obey all traffic violations after you take someones life…..

  29. Anonymous says:

      “Our marine and air operations unit are equipped and performing well, and thanks to proper equipment, the ASU and Marine Unit can work together to quickly search air, land and sea for fugitives.

    Not sure why McK is taking credit for this – this was all done by the last government who actually tried to make a better Cayman.  I see McK claiming credit again, just as he did when I spoke to him recently.

  30. Cop Out says:

    Hello everybody, this is obviously blatant marketing spin for the international press to try to counter all of the bad publicity from all of the recent crime.  I’m thinking twice about vacationing there right now just from what I’ve read over the past 3-4 months regarding rampant crime.  Crimes there are reported daily now, which was not the case less than 10 years ago.

    As another leader once said (and Mac should start heeding it), you "can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig".  You can spin a positive message about numbers on crime all you want, but it doesn’t make it look better or go away to those who are smart enough to find out the information.  We know what’s going on down there and we are not fooled.

    Nip it, or lose your tourism dollars.  It’s plain and simple.

  31. Anonymous says:

    He will not discuss the crime problem with the people here at home but will tell people at an overseas conference what a fine job he is doing.

    Why does this not surprise me?

    And why do I not feel safer in my own home if crime is down so much?


  32. Anonymous says:

    Crime is down my back foot, where is he living…maybe he meant it was down in Little Cayman either that or i am missing something!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Every time he was asking, the flight attendant always told him that it was all fine. The blame the poor man! blame the flight attendant!

  33. pmilburn says:

    What a weak attempt by Mr.Bush to make things look good re the crime situation.The people of the Cayman Islands want you to address this problem on live tv with people having the chance to ask you questions.Sure sounds good to the 150 odd delegates visiting from other countries.Maybe they will take your message back to their respective countries and see if that will help their situations.How absolutely pathetic.Mr.Premier.

  34. Anonymous says:

    Come on now McKeeva Bush!!!!! Are you for real!!!!  You would actually stand in front of 150+ delegates and state that crime has dropped 3.38%!!! Where ????? Not here for sure !!!!!

    Come on now, stop with the talk game and tell the truth!  Crime is on the increase, the types of crime are becoming more alarming and you would stand  and deny what is happening on this island.  Shame on you!!! 

    "He said the use of the new legislation was already bearing fruit as he said it was instrumental in securing a conviction in a murder case within a few weeks of implementation"…….. now tell them how many have gone unsolved!!!!!!!!

    Enough…….. next election hurry up and come…… voters please have the wisdom to see past stupidity and loud talk


  35. Anonymous says:

    OMG  Mr. Bush, Please do your self and the people of this country a favour step down becasue every time you open your mouth you making your self look like a bigger fool u have no clue what is happening in this counrty maybe if you wasnt always up in the air or in someone  else country you mite have some clue. All  I can say the other Caribbean Countries/ rest of the world  must be getting a good laugh.

  36. Swine says:

    Crime? What crime? We dont have any crime here… To those of you who believe there is crime just buy a pair of those rose colored blinders and you will see that the world is a beautiful place… Another problem solved… Now that the 90 days to prosperity is passed lets all just sit back, relax and enjoy the booming economy…

  37. Anonymous says:

    Mark Twain once said "There are lies, damn lies, and statistics".

  38. Bushwacker says:

    Bad Santa!

    I am always amazed at how easy Ole Mac (Santa every election season) is to steer and guide down any path even after twenty six consecutive years in the LA. There is an old saying that my dear mother use to say; even an old fool learns from experience.” I am of the opinion that this is somewhat a reasonable statement, however considering Mac’s consistent verbal diarrhea XXX. I communicate that to state the following;

    Serious crime is down, yet almost every week for the past year there has been an armed robbery. Frankly, it is a sad day in the history of the Cayman Islands when our Leaders; political and police, resort to diminishing the gravity and severity of aggravated armed robbery to make a good speech in addition try to down-play their failures to actually thwart serious crimes that unfortunately appear to have taken root in this island nation.

    Let us pray for our Leaders insofar that God will finally grant them wisdom in order that they do not mess it up for all of us! Amen

    Merry Christmas to all and may God sincerely bless everyone with great health and good fortune in the forthcoming New Year!

  39. Anonymous says:

    I have lived in 3different homes in Cayman. Got out of West Bay becuase of getting robbed. Then got out of South Sound becuase all neighbors getting Robbed. Figured my time was a coming. Two months after I moved the guy that moved in to my house was a victim of home invasion. Two guys broke in and demanded money from him in front of his young son. That could have been me. I bought a really nice house out in Newlands. Sourounded by water, have to come over a bridge to get to my house. Can see in all directions. Last weeks had to scare off some guy sniffing around some containers at a building site close by. Yesterday some guys comes to my door with some stupid story about how he was looking for someone. People, don’t be fooled by people coming to your door. During the Holidays, people sniff around high end properties thinking you are an expat and may be off island for the Holidays. If you are home and answer the door they’ll have some stupid reason for coming to your door. When you really start to question them you may see they didn’t plan an excuse very well. Usually mumble so you can’t understand. Most of all don’t be folled by the Premier. In my book he is no better than the rest of the people we have to watch out for.

  40. Lachlan MacTavish says:

    I’m sure the family of the man killed by a drunk driver, the owners of the WB Mini Mart, the people whose charity cash was taken, the elderly couple who were assaulted and the owners of the house which had the armed invasion are pleased to hear that serious crime is down 3.38%. Therefore, the crime situation in Cayman is not the primary focus. In any stats 3-4% has a 3-4% slush factor. My opinion crime is not down. Crime over the last 5 years has sky rocketed compared to the previous 20 years. In my opinion crime should be the primary focus of Mr. Bush’s agenda until we have a safe country again. This statement about crime is misleading at the very least and I would have more respect for our elected leaders if instead of ignoring crime someone would attack the countries crime issue now before anymore people are hurt, violated or killed.

    • Anonymous says:

      Ha ha ha !

      No wonder the police have stopped reporting crime ‘as it happens’; delayed reports make the ‘stats’ look better !

      Mac caan do nutin ’bout the crime ting.

      He would lose 2/3 rds of his supporters votes come the next election !!!!

      They would all be in Northward Prison LOL !!!

    • Anonymouse. says:

      The statistics used by the premier was over the previous 24 hour period. He just forgot to specify that.

      Give the poor Premiera break. You dont know how confusing jet lag makes you.

  41. Macman says:

    Let me guess…the same people who compiled these facts and figures are the ones who told us we are making a financial recovery…dream on

  42. Anonymous says:

    OMG, the Premier is not only deaf and dumb, it turns out that he is also blind.

    • noname says:

      Nah – he’s just off-island so much he has no real conception of how it feels to be surrounded by this ongoing crime wave.  Or perhaps its a combination of this and living behind a high fence with high security around you all the time.  You might feel safer Mr Bush but we, the people, are fearful.

      Personally, whilstit might be true that killings are down, I very much doubt that is the case in terms of crimes against the person and property.  We are now afraid in our own homes – I don’t believe we have ever experienced this to any great degree until this year.

  43. Dred says:


    Are you chitting me? Seriously you want to go this route? I mean we all knew you BS’ed us but this is taking it too far.

    This just goes to affirm that statistics are what you want them to say.

    This year we have had how many bank robberies?

    This year we have had how many store robberies?

    This year we have how many home invasions? One even resulting in the robber being killed.

    YES maybe domestic voilence is down but thats only because they were too busy holding up a store.


    Just another stupid comment by our ESTEMED Leader.

  44. Anonymous says:

    I have a question for Mr. Bush:


    In case you’ve missed it, this year has set all-time-high records for Bank robberies, home invasions, hold ups, murders, assaults, drug interdictions, frauds and money laundering not to mention the few hundred traffic infringemnet tickets the RCIP have been handing out left right and centre!!!!!!

    Then again Mac… I gues you actually have to be IN the country to get a feel for level of crime which is hard to do when your jet setting around the plannet every 2 weeks "on business"!!!!!

    … I wonder what that 450,000 ci$ you’ve spent ‘sight seeing’ this year might have bought if it WAS put to combating crime..?


    • Anonymous says:


      How cute! – There’s always the 1 loyal ‘Bushite’ disciple.

      Thanks for the thumbs down… Now go back to sleep!

  45. John Evans says:

    A 3.38% drop over nine months (I would be interested to hear what that means in real terms) is a statistical blip and way short of what you need to claim that crime is falling.

    In order to back up a claim like this you have to demonstrate that crime has dropped off substantially, the decline is part of an on-going trend and those involved are being caught/taken out of circulation – all things that the past 10 weeks reporting would seem to suggest is definitely not happening.

    In fact the feedback I get from people on Grand Cayman suggests that serious crime is not only increasing but having a significant impact on the way they live.

  46. yes I'm pedantic says:

    Mac is such a lightweight I can normally ignore the garbage that comes out of his mouth, but this is offensive.

    Crime is not down 3.38%.  Convictions might have fallen due to a lack of arrests.  Reported crime might have fallen due to a lack of confidence in the police response, but Cayman is currently experiencing a wave of violent burglaries, armed robberies, killings and sexual assaults.

    It is deceitful of Mac to pretend that isn’t the case and it shows a total disregard for the welfare of his citizens, as well as cowardly self-promotion, to hide behind statistics and ignore the fact that people here do not feel safe in their own homes.

    Get lost, Mac.  If you won’t face up to what is happening here we will find a leader who will.