Crime falls by almost 6%
(CNS): With a 35% drop in robberies, no gang shootings or any other killings so far this year and a 3.6% drop in burglaries for the first part of 2012, the police can claim that crime is finally falling. Overall, the police reported a 5.98% drop in the most serious crimes and an overall fall in crime by over 13.4% when compared to crime reported in the first six months of 2011. The latest crime figures released by the RCIPS show that most of the crimes that undermine the community confidence, such as robbery and burglary, have fallen and with no murders since last September, the police are finally managing to curb what the public felt was a runaway crime wave.
Despite the improvements in serious crime statistics, the police said that they were not being complacent and were continuing to exercise strategies to keep on top of the criminally minded.
"The drop in crime is certainly welcome news," said Chief Superintendent Kurt Walton. “However, this is no time to be complacent. In fact, we are constantly challenging ourselves about how we approach combating criminality in the Cayman Islands. We are well aware that Grand Cayman can be 'deceptively quiet' and as such we cannot afford to allow complacency to set in,” he added.
Walton talked about the steps that have been taken by the RCIPS to become more visible to the public and to improve training. Although, like every other government department, the police are having to manage on a reduced budget, the senior cop said the focus had been on the crimes that concern the community most, such as the armed robberies and murders.
“We have looked at the critical areas across the organization and focused on becoming better and built on this through various training initiatives We have placed investigative and operational emphasis on those crimes that have had the most significant impact on the Cayman Islands and tackled them with focused and targeted operations, thus resulting in a dramatic reduction in serious crimes, such as robberies and murders,” Walton added.
The last murder victim in Cayman was Asher McGraw, who was shot and killed by his friend in East End last September. Chakane Jamelle "CJ" Scott (19) was found guilty of the killing after a judge alone trial in June last year.
The last armed robbery was at the Buckingham Square Branch of Cayman National Bank at the end of June, but since then a number of robbery suspects have been rounded up and charged by police for various armed heists with trials now set for next year. With a bulging prison and a clogged up Grand Court calendar, the police have made some serious strides in bringing some of those they believe are behind most of the crime and problems with guns into the criminal justice system.
Walton noted the importance that the community plays in assisting the police with tackling crime and rounding up those they believe are behind the criminality. “We recognize and appreciate the support shown to us from the entire Cayman community in assisting us to keep the Cayman Islands safe and to maintain the tranquillity and peacefulness these Islands are known for,” he added.
See crime statistics below.
|CRIME AND TRAFFIC STATISTICS JAN - JUNE 2012 VS 2011 Q2.PDF||83.02 KB|
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