Robberies finally falling

| 17/05/2012

_DEW7184.jpg(CNS): The latest police statistics have revealed that robberies in the Cayman Islands fell by over 66% in the first quarter of this year compared to the beginning of 2011. After the islands have been plagued with what seemed to be a constant increase in armed hold ups at banks, shops, gas stations and restaurants, for over two years the RCIPS revealed Thursday that the crime was finally in decline. There were eight robbers in the first three months of 2012 while there had been 24 over the same period in the previous year. However, although robbers were less successful in the start of 2012 they were still not giving up as there were seven attempted robberies in the first quarter this year compared to only 3 attempts at the crime last year leading to a 133% increase.

Overall the latest statistics reveal a welcome fall in recorded crime for the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service. In the opening quarter of the year with 149 serious crimes in 2012 compared to 156 in 2011. Volume crimes also fell and overall the year open with an almost 12% drop in crime.

The statistics represent crime reported to police in January, February and March and while overall they compare favourably to last year’s figures there are still notable increase in some serious crimes. Eight cases of rape were reported in the opening months of this year compared to only one in the same period of 2011 representing a 700% increase in the crime.

Burglary remained similar with just one less break- in being reported this year compared to last and while assaults increased from 3 last year to 8 in this wounding fell from 8 cases in this first part of 2011 to only one this year a fall of more than 87%. However, police were still dealing with a significant number of firearms and although no one has been arrested so far this year for possession of an imitation firearm there were seven cases relating to the real thing compared to eight during the same period last year a fall of only 12.5%.

Meanwhile, although traffic offences were down by 4% accidents increased by 37% this year compared to last and there was also one fatal accident on Cayman’s roads in February. 

See latest police statistics below


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  1. Anonymous says:

    I hope they catch the thief who broke into my home just over a week ago – I haven't heard of any success on that yet!!  They need to lock these people up and keep a patrol on the roads for all those former prisoners who are roaming the streets – Police, please pay attention – people can't afford to be fixing up their broken homes over and over and living like prisoners in their own homes!!! 

  2. Anonymous says:

    The RCIP can convey what they please but it seems no matter when I log on this site I see more topics of crime than anything other.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Could it be that the robberies have fallen off because of the weather?  I mean that the sea was not conducive to travel?  Most of the local robbers are now under lock and key, but not the real robbers, the ones they can't catch.  If you looked back, you would notice that it the robberies occurred in waves.  That helicopter really slowed them down alot.  They not quite figured out how to beat that. 

  4. Knot S Smart says:

    Robbers need to take a break too you know.

    Cant expect them to just keep working every day…

  5. Teacher says:

    Eight Murders, highest record in Cayman for the year, and Robberies on the decline!  Unlike the doomsday commenters and those trying to paint the financial centre into a picture of glomm, this is positive news, news that Caymanians should all be proud off. WE SHOULD ALL SHOWER OUR SUPPORT TO OUR OFFICERS IN UNIFORM AND THE EDUCATORS IN OUR SCHOOLS. WELL DONE TO PARENTS WHO ARE TRYING REAL HARD TO RAISE THEIR CHILDREN THE RIGHT WAY.

    • Anonymous says:

      this is rather hysterical.

    • Anonymous says:

      Perhaps you should read the report posted on the same day at 10-07. "Surge in burglaries in George Town", before you get too excited!.

  6. Anonymous says:

    It really makes me wonder if we are really safe or if they are just using this as a cover up to keep our tousim industry safe.. Can someone say all about the benjamins?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Robberies are falling? If you really believe that, I've got a bridge for sale that you might be interested in.

  8. lookey here says:

    Absolute BS. Crime is affecting everyone more and more on a daily basis. Personally i hear about a friend or someone i know who has had something stolen nearly every other day. From home invasions to car parts being ripped off. Its a big game to these criminals now. I even know people packing their bags and leaving because of it. They are Caymanians who dont want to raise their kids here, thats a bad sign.

  9. Anon E Mouse says:

    What a misleading Statement !!
    Clearly the Police did not read the Report published by CNS on this very page.
    Crime is out of control here … indeed, Piracy is alive & well in these Cayman Islands.
    Maybe it’s “Falling” because there’s nothing left to steal?

  10. Anonymous says:

    Which is it CNS? Surge or falling? I'm confused!

  11. Daffy Duck says:

    So let's see now….. If crime goes up a whole bunch this year and then next year it goes down a little we can call it a success? One step up and Two steps down? Come now people???

  12. AnonymousX says:

    I bet because you said robberies are falling, there going to rise. Its like going on the news and saying that we know who you are and we have people looking for you, so it gives them and oppurtunity to hide, in this case there gonna try to break those statistics

  13. Anonymous says:

    The owner of the vessel " Bank Robber " should be happy to hear this.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I don't think that anyone would agree that crime is now at an acceptable level.  I think it is misleading to say that it is a positive sign that crime is down compared to possably the worst crime period in our history.  

  15. Yeah, but... says:

    I’m very glad it’s going down, but let’s face facts: the days of Cayman having a rep as a “crime-free” jurisdiction are SO over. The supply of murders and robberies are so plentiful that the cruise ship tourists are watching them and photographing them: “Look Martha, it’s one of them Cayman armed robbers we heard about! Quick! Pass me the cell phone so I can get a picture! Hot damn, wait till the kids see this beauty!”

  16. Anonymous says:

    Police report surge in burglaries but robberies falling????????????????  Can someone help me with this one?

    • Anon says:

      By all means….

      A burglar is a person who enters or breaks into a premises or property as a trespasser with the intention to steal items.

      A robber is a person who uses violence toward a person to steal.

  17. Anonymous says:

    and we have a budget surplus…….. "There are lies, damn lies and then there are statistics". Tooth fairy suppposed to leave me a couple of bucks tonight too!

  18. Wota says:

    Tanks Mac! Go dey! Wha unna hatas say now?

    • Anonymous says:

      Before you go congratulating Mac, please remember the police are still working on the three most important cases in the country.

  19. Anonymou says:

    I would be more confident that robberies were down by arrest and prosecution rather than for other reasons.

  20. Dred says:

    Ok. Now you are just messing with us. You are giving me a migraine. What ever happened to….Police Report a Surge in Burglaries posted just 3hrs earlier..

    Come on which is it. Is it up or down cause I don't know anymore.

    I believe these numbers are skewed by whomever you are appealing to. Want more financing okay let's say it's on the rise. Want public assurance you are doing your job and earning your increased budget ….let's say its going down. Seems like it all depends now on the time of day.

    • Anon says:

      Dred, there is a difference between a robbery and a burglary.  The first involves voilence towards a person to steal items; and the second involves breaking or entering into premises as a trespasser to steal items.

      So they are saying there's been a surge in break-ins, and a drop in thefts involving violence to the person.

    • Anonymous says:

      I thought I was the only one confused. Are they up? Or are they down? Can someone please inform us which way they are headed! From the internet reader, I would have to say they are headed up, but what do I know!

  21. jsftbhaedrg says:

    Absolute bollocks, do the police  just make up radnom staisitcs like Mac with the state of government finances?

  22. Anonymous says:

    All the robbers got rich and retired!

  23. Anon says:

    So robberies are down but, according top your earlier story, burglaries are surging.

    Simple answer – the bad guys have switched to easier targets.

    RCIPS, this is BS pretending to be crime stats.