Cops investigate blaze at RCIPS traffic unit

| 07/07/2014

(CNS): The police and fire sevice are currently investigating a case of suspected arson at the RCIPS traffic department near Jose's gas station, on  Agnes Way, George Town. Officers on routine patrol early Monday morning spotted smoke coming from the building and went inside and found the blaze. They alerted the Cayman Islands Fire Service as they attempted to put it out. Fire crews responded immediately and using breathing apparatus were able to extinguish the fire at around 5:08am, some fifteen minutes after the report. Senior fire officers requested an investigation into the fire and the Fire Safety Inspector Tina Choy was called to the scene.

The building was unoccupied at the time and fire sService arsonist investigators, police detectives and scenes of crime officers are treating the blaze as a suspected arson. The police are appealing to the public who might have seen anything suspicious at the time to contact the Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Joseph Wright, at 516-8169 or Detective Constable Owen Santo at 324-0684 or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS).

Until the building is cleared by the investigators and assessed for its fitness for occupancy, officials said that the staff will be relocated. As a consequence, all enquiries from the public for traffic-related matters, including accident reports, should visit the Walkers Road Criminal Records Offices located at Unit 7, 2nd floor, Windjammer Plaza or contact the office at 949-4924.

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  1. Justice says:

    Millions wasted on CCTV and the RCIPS appealing to the public to assist with clues as to who tried to burn their building down? This is so laughable and down right a slap to every law abiding citizen face. Imagine they can't even solve their own crimes imagine trying to solve ours?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hmmmm, maybe the fire was caused by spontaneous combustion due to the possibility that the traffic unit was "hot on someone's tail".

  3. Anonymous says:

    The woes of the RCIPS would be solved with CCTVs.   If they are working, then there would be a number of a solutions to our problems.  Was the millions spent in vain?

  4. Anonymous says:

    check that cctv at jose gas station, after all it came out of our pockets! gt voter

  5. Anonymous says:

    How can the police call this the traffic dept, when we don’t have a traffic dept according to Mr Baines? Just wondering..

  6. Anonymous says:

    I'm surprised the police didn't just ram the blaze with their charger to put it out. 

  7. J BYRD says:

    How does someone get into a locked police station to set it on fire Oh sorry its just how things run in the RCIPS didn't read anything about a burglary. Mmmmmmm yes very Suspicious??????

  8. Anonymous says:

    I did not know we even had a traffic unit given the seeming total lack of any enforcement of any traffic related laws.

    • Anonymous says:

      Have you missed the obvious SPPED TRAPS on the road to Rum Point. 50 to 30 to 50 to30 with nothing but jungle on the road side. And…a cop with a radar gun. Gotch-ya.

  9. Anonymous says:

    It's a sad state of affairs when criminals are trying to burn down police buildings here in Grand Cayman. What about all the expensive CCTV equipment that govrnment purchased for millions of $$$ to prevent/detect incidents such as this and others that are happening in the country ??



    • Anonymous says:

      cctv in Cayman stands for cannot catch theives/vandals

      • Anonymous says:

        Only time I am aware of CCTV being put to good use was when a high ranking official trailer was stolen.It took them 2 days to locate using CCTV. Other times they cannot be bothered to even veiw the video. This is a proven fact! We have had so many burglaries in our neighbour where CCTV are installed and where this particular trailer was located; why is CCTV footage not be  veiwed to solve theses crimes also? Are we Caymanians not good enough to have our stolen items recovererd . We work extermely hard for what ever we own. Majority of us don't have the privelege of earning big buck for achieving little or next to little whilst employed. It appears to me you have to be a high ranking official in order to get any assistance. Or perhaps an officer looking to score points with that high ranking official, who I might add do not even return calls.

        • Anonymous says:

          what does CCTV matter when criminal drive around with tinted covers and/or painted (yes, painted to hide the numbers) license plates.  This is such a blatant disregard for the law that it is an embarrasment.  When you don't even enforce the basic rules, it is no wonder people are so brazen.