Theft pushes up crime stats

| 01/08/2014

(CNS): Although serious crime fell by just over 2% in the first six months of this year when compared to last, statistics released by the RCIPS this week reveal that overall crime is up by more than 27% as a result of a massive surge in theft. The half year numbers from the local police demonstrate a fall in robberies and several serious crimes but the giant leap from 237 theft cases to 437 reflects Cayman's continuing tough economic times. Meanwhile, on the roads there was some improvement in driving safety, with all categories of road offences showing an overall fall in the figures of 34% when compared  to 2013.

So far police this year have investigated just one murder, in which the perpetrator took his own life after murdering his female partner in a brutal killing in Bodden Town. They have, however, investigated 5 attempted murders and 15 firearms offences were recorded compared to 13 last year, demonstrating that Cayman continues to have a problem with illegal guns on the streets.

Although residents may feel that street robberies, burglaries and attempts at those crimes have surged, the figures actually fall below last year's burglary and robbery toll for the first six months of the year.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Les Miserables. Where's the discussion of a MINIMUM WAGE ? This country still supports slavery !  What do you expect when you have greedy spoiled wasteful people living beside those who work HARD just to afford some ramen noodles.  Instead of donating to these "feed a kid" breakfast programs, how about paying their parents a reasonalbe wage, so they can buy their own !  

  2. Anonyanmous says:

    I bet half of the items that were stolen are being sold or traded for drugs.  There are people on the street all too willing to buy what they know are stolen property and often times most of the goods are sent off island by containers.  All containers that leave the island should be searched, if any items are confirmed as stolen the shipper and the person responsible for the container should be charged as the person sending the container also have a duty of care to know that what they are sending overseas are not stolen property.

  3. Hear hear says:

    Repeat of other islands? Finally the masses wake up!!

    Our Caribbean cousins hide behind the bible pretending to represent "their people" thrive in 2-party politics, then import voters for numbers, watch the crime and poverty grow while gaining concrete corrupt footholds, then call for Independence.  This formula has been a study in Caribbean economic failure for three decades, yet we still fall for it.

    The bloated civil service relying on politicians for their lives and the expat divide with better jobs going to people who pay the permits- wow, anyone else see that our government has led us down a primrose path and as long as they are re-elected, nothing else (crime or decent education) matters.  Your MLAs WANT you to NEED them so they can stay "in" .  High crime is a politicians wet dream- keep it coming and they can stay on their soapboxes with empty promises.

    Sorry, want to stop the 437 break ins?  Find the "hot" goods and stop the flow of pawn and turn these criminals in.  You can't wait for Govt help? They really don't care …

    Time to clean up your own yard.  Alert police to unemployed family members with new bling or boats, it is time to rat out the neighbor boy "Who used to be a good boy and you like his mamma" time to teach young girls that gang boyfriends and babies are not their future ?  

    The only thing to stop this crime wave is our old fashioned values.  The community must stand up and demand better, but don't wait for your beloved elected officials to do squat.


  4. Anonymous says:

    The Cayman Compass headline calling theft a menace belittles the crime. To those of us who have had our homes invaded and our property stolen its rather more than a menace!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Cayman is becoming another caribbean disaster. We have our own social issues that are destroying this country and, we top it off by importing poverty for icing on the cake!

    This story is nothing but a repeat of what has happen to other islands in the region.

    The sad part is, that we can possibly save Cayman but the politicians are too busy with self-serving and power building.

    All I know, I cannot depend on the police, for more than one reason. If someone breaks into my house when I am there they will be carried out. It is discusting when you have these sub-humans who prey on hard working people.

    You have to defend yourself and those you love. There is no human rights for anyone who breaks into my home, just MY RIGHT.

    • Anonymous says:

      Whatever the law says

    • Anonymous says:

      We imported and continue to import substantial elements of our population from other Caribbean disasters, without any vetting, then replaced  the British education system with one from those disasters, then theteachers, then law enforcement, and then started ignoring our laws entirely. WTF did people expect would happen?

      • Anonymous says:

        Look at the new point system for PR.  It is clearly designed to attract  millionaires from rich countries and servants  from poor countries.  Highly-skilled/educated middie income  people are not welcomed to make the CI their home.

    • Anonymous says:

      Caymanians are not serious about crime when it is caused by their own. Recently, I drove down a road and noticed a small side road that had been named after a deceased cocaine smuggler (born Caymanian but with a Jamaican grandfather!). When I expressed surprise about it to a local resident, I was told the road had originally been given another name but his mother had had it renamed "in her son's honor". Are the road naming people expats who have no idea about these things or are we happy to name roads after convicted cocaine smugglers just because his mother wants it and he is a (yawn) born Caymanian? What example is this to other young Caymanians??

      • Anonymous says:

        19:05, several people were upset ubout the naming of the road as you rightly say after a convicted criminal but they did not dare say anything because that is the Cayman we live in today.

        • Hear hear says:

          Now that we know this road is named for a convicted drug criminal it must be changed.  Alert NRA and scream foul.

          Planning should be ashamed and I am sure there must be a regulation to change this street.  

    • Anonymous says:

      Looks like the Human Right 's nut jobs are not in agreement with you on your right to defend yourself in your own house. 

      Wonder what they will do when being violated in their own home?!

      I wish all HR fanatics would fly a flag outside their home so the criminals could go after them without fear of having their "rights" trampled.  

  6. Tim says:

    How is it I am not hearing anything about white collar crimes???

    • Anonymous says:

      Too hard to prosecuteit, and anyway, the numbers involved are much too high.

  7. cow itch. says:

    hey someone went into my fridge on the weekend and stole two loafs of bread, a piece of my new york style ham and blue cheese. What a prick!  didn't even wash the dishes!  (:)(

    • Anonymous says:

      Just look for a fat prick ( high carb diet). There's your perp. 

  8. P says:

    Of course, what do you expect with an ailing economy. The cost of living and doing business is very high in the Cayman Islands. If it is hard for Caymanians it must be hard for every low wage person on the island!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Theft push up crime stats.    This looks like  the police & customs have to work closer together to combat the crime.  Looks like thieves are not stopping they have a other plan , now that they have crack down on the trailer export of stolen goods , the next way out would be via airport or boat . Stay ahead of them change export laws anddont worrie about who you would hurt because the RUM CAKE is legal and we stop makeing rope to export .