Cops hope sign will curb park abuse

| 18/11/2014

(CNS): Groups of young people who have been partying in a local community park and playing their music far too loudly for neighbours to take are being warned that they could face a $500 fine if they don’t turn it down. Police said that a over a period of time, the recreational community park in Windsor Park, George Town, has been plagued by small groups of youngsters playing loud music, annoying residents and abusing the park rules, particularly on weekends. To tackle this anti-social behaviour another way, RCIPS teamed up with the manager of the Parks and Cemetery Unit, Mark Bothwell, to install a ‘no loud music’ sign, police said. 

Senior Police Constable Fran General of the RCIPS’ Neighbourhood Police Department said people should be enjoying this and all public parks but noise pollution is in breach of the Town and Community Laws.

The penalty for failing to desist such noise in certain circumstances carries a penalty on summary conviction to a fine of $500 for a first conviction, she reminded users.


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  1. Kadafe says:

    I guess the RCIP won't have to do anymore patrols in the area now since the sign is there.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Some of these "thugs" that hang out in that park helped build that park and helped to bring the playground inside of it.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Problem solved :))..!! why dont we put signs everywhere, ideas: dont drink and drive, dont do drugs, no gun shots allowed, no speeding allowed, no stealing at gun point, etc etc etc, you see how many problems were just solved right there..!!! what a joke, this has been a problem area ever since I can remember, from high school days, atleast 15 yrs ago.. about time they put a damn sign there jeezz

    will wait for the update where the sign gets vandalised

  4. Anonymous says:
    Whoa, sign, sign.
    Everywhere a sign.
    Blockin' out the scen'ry.
    Breakin' my mind.
    Do this. Don't do that.
    Can't you read the sign?
  5. Anonymous says:

    … and this is news – why?  

    • Anonymous says:

      This is why I love Cayman.  The financial accounting system is a mess, the education system is being toyed with by KPMG, its being inspected by a company with no experience of state schools, public  sector is growing despite the sound bites to the contrary, we hire experts and dont listen to them, we commission report after report and shelve them, our driving test allowing unqualified drivers onto the roads, our vehicle inspection is inadequate.  Yet a sign going up to teenagers to get them to stop playing loud music becomes a headline.  Priorities!

  6. Anonymous says:

    I have no idea where this is, and somehow I am pretty sure that is a good thing.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Keep up the great work !You will be remembered by your results, and this proactive, progressive and forward thinking measure is sure to achieve results by the boat load! Keep thinking outside the box!

    Come on now Franz .,…….. where is the award for Mr. Bothwell? Hmmm?

    • Anonymous says:

      Seriously you ARE joking arnt you?

    • Anonymous says:

      Ok I get it, you are taking the piss!

    • Anonymous says:

      You know it! Our own Macfarlene got too much praise now so al the photo ops coming out for non-Caymanian officers. What a mess, since very likely our own Mr. manderson might give an award for the officer who placed a sign , what happened to the polcie who were supposed to be there in the first place???

  8. Frank says:

    At least they are on the park and not out robbing.

  9. Soldier crab says:

    On a serious note why can't the police just patrol the hot spot areas?

    • Anonymous says:

      Way too simple, thats why.  If they did, they may find that befriending young people instead of demonizing them would be more productive.

    • no matter says:

      Perhaps you have never whitnessed the disrespect offered to the PD. Now that a sign is posted it will be possible to ticket an individual breaking the rule..Im sure at that point some crafty lawyer will defend the accused with some loophole about a decible rating and it will all be a waste of time.

  10. Diogenes says:

    Radical break through in policing methods by RCIPS.  Next up, signs at bars and restaurants saying "robbing tourists not allowed"

  11. Anonymous says:

    That will be as effective as the 40 MPH speed limit on the new Dart West Bay Speedway!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Here's an idea.  How about when someone calls in a complaint for excessively loud music the RCIP actually send a cop out to tell them to quit or get taken to jail.  Never has happened and probably never will.  Our police force is mostly made up of  lazy, illiterate, apthetic and completley useless ticks sucking a paycheck out the country.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Lack of enforcement for this type of crap is rapidly letting this island turn into a one big ghetto.  Might be time to invest in some pants 10 inches too big so I can wear them down below the bottom of my ass so I can fit in with the rest of the "future generation".  Oh gee, did I just insult someones "heritage"?

    • Anonymous says:

      No heritage insulted unless you are speaking of lower class Americans and the ghetto/rap culture which Cayman's youth copy. However that is not Cayman culture. 

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, U.S.A. heritage!

  14. Knot S Smart says:

    Well thats a pretty loud sign…

    Did The Planning Dept give permission to put that up?

  15. Anonymous says:

    A "No Music" sign – hahah..

    How about a Beat Officer??

    Turnt down fa wa??


    • Anonymous says:

      Ah, you are looking at this all wrong. Groups of youth hang out at this park at all hours and on weekends. GREAT- a captive audience. THIS is where the RCIP and other organizations want to run programs, sporting events, 3 on 3 basketball (if there are hoops), rapping contests (early evening), clean up the park/clean up the "hood" events, post job opportunities, computer skill programs, is there an auto mechanic nearby that can spare some time? school programs. Oh, so much can be done at a spot like this.

      No, the sign is not going to do it, but get the kids involved in "THEIR" park. Is there a wall there? Let a group of them design and paint it with a positive message. Is there gardens near by? Let them start them and watch them grow. Can a company donate T-shirts to a group who are in these concerts or paints the wall or whatever may be. I am telling you, teens will do a lot for free T-shirts etc. These ideas may sound "stupid", but if you have the right person talking to this group of youngsters (even teenagers)- this place of annoyance can be turned around.

      I do not live in GC, so my suggestions may not fit perfectly, but if someone who knows the teen population can be a bit creative…this park could be a plus instead of a huge problem.

      • Anonymous says:

        The park has been there for years and your suggestions sound very Americanized. There are hoops currently. The three on three could work. The rest won't (not can't) because people will not put the effort into making it work. There would have to be someone in charge that cares and that person would have to push it forward. 


        • Anonymous says:

          Yeah, I am from America, but I have been working for 2 decades in inner city with a mostly latino and jamaican population. Those were just suggestions not knowing anything about the park or community. Yes, someone, a group of people or the community has to be in charge. It does not take a lot of work, just takes some initiative and then things build from there. It all starts by dropping in and talking to a group of kids with a few ideas and let it grow from there.

          • Anonymous says:

            Because the effort and initiative will not be put Into it, your suggestions will not work. 

      • Anonymous says:

        The area is mainly Jamaican nationals and here we go again asking for companies to donate money? Ask the Jamaican cops to start arresting their own, they let too many of their own Jamaicans off too easily.

        • Anonymous says:

          OK, you don't like the idea of a company that makes millions donating T-shirts that cost less than $5. Have the kids pay for them, but make sure the T-shirts are there so kids can wear them and get to wear a T-shirt that represents what they just completed.

          As for the Jamaican cops arresting their own- instead I would suggest that on their time off they head over to this park and start playing a bit of street ball with these kids. Maybe set up a tournament police vs. youth?  Police vs. EMT? EMT vs. youth?  Police vs. Fire dept. ? Fire vs. youth? Get the idea?

  16. Anonymous says:

    Whoooopeeee!!! Its a sign!!!

    God Squad- The floor is yours!!

    • Judean People's Front says:

      It is a sign alright. He also gave us the Juniper bushes that brought forth Juniper berries.

  17. Cheese Face says:

    A sign? Yeah that'll stop em. How about closing the park after dark?

  18. Anonymous says:

    LOL, I'll give it a month tops before someone either steals it or puts a few bullet holes in it.


  19. Anonymous says:

    The thugs dont care what your silly sign says

    Your youth dont care because their is no punishment for them It is an honorto get a ticket

    and you get a free meal in court

      The biggest winner is one whom actually gets to go to northward that place is a 24/7 party

  20. Anonymous says:

    Let see if it is going to be enforced.

    • Anonymous says:

      Enforced!  What is this word.  We have no such concept in the Cayman Islands.

      • Anonymous says:

        Exactly – this is a society where 1/4 of the population drive around with covered (tinted, scratched, sprayed) license plates.  There is no enforcement, which is the problem.

  21. Anonymous says:

    This reminds me of that episode of the Simpsons where Bart fell down an old well and spent the entire episode down there. After they finally got Bart out, the town decided to do something to prevent it from EVER happening again. The episode ended with Willie the Groundskeeper banging a small sign into the ground in front of the well that says "Beware"….. Willie finishes the job and says "That should do it"!!!

  22. F.A. Cetious says:

    Yup, that should do it.