Police urge community to stay safe over holidays

| 29/03/2018 | 56 Comments

Cayman News Service(CNS): As Cayman prepares to enjoy a favourite holiday weekend and people head to the beach, police are urging them to protect themselves and their property if they are planning to go camping or to spend time on the water. As well as securing homes that could be unoccupied for the entire weekend, campers are encouraged to secure belongings at the camp site and use buddy systems to keep each other safe. Police also urged campers to follow the relevant laws.

Inspector Winsome Prendergast, who oversees the Eastern Districts said the police were looking forward to working with the public to help make this a safe and fun Easter. “The RCIPS wishes you and your families a happy holiday,” she said. “Our officers will be out making checks of camp sites and residential areas, as we continue our focus on crime prevention and deterrence. “

In addition to the safety tips posted below, the police, in conjunction with the Port Authority of the Cayman Islands, have also released a water safety video with a special warning about drinking while in charge of a boat.

Safety Tips:

1)      Be sure to properly lock and secure your premises before going camping.

2)      Be sure to leave lights on inside and outside the property to give the appearance of being home.  If you possess light timers, it is best to have these set up for this weekend.

3)      Consider storing valuable items within interior rooms in the residence, and locking these doors. This will make it harder for would-be thieves to access these items.

4)      Clear any shrubbery, tools and other such items from your yard, so as not to provide burglars with tools they can use to gain entry or conceal themselves from detection.

5)      If you have neighbours who will not be camping, consider asking them to keep an eye on your property for you. Alternatively if you have other family who are not camping, ask them to come by and check your property a few times over the weekend.

6)      If all else fails, you may want to consider doing a couple checks of the property yourself, even though this will mean leaving the campsite.

7)      Be sure to secure your belongings when camping. Do not leave valuable items lying around, especially where they can be viewed from outside the tent. Keep an eye on valuables at all times.

8)      Use the buddy system and have someone who knows where you are at all times.

9)      While camping, it is also important to follow all relevant laws. Stay off of private property and refrain from using any beach equipment which does not belong to you.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Someone from the church lobby needs to donate a copy of the New Testament to whoever okayed the fireworks display at the Westin on Good Friday. Good grief! Ditto those ignoramae getting drunk and wheelying their dirtbikes for our governor that has been here 10 mins. No class on display.

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    • Anonymous says:

      In the westin’s defense, it is called GOOD Friday.
      As for the dirt bikers and their one lame trick, better just get used to em as they and the blackoutwindshieldhiddennumberplatenobrakelightttailors seem to have law (haha) enforcement baffled and scared.
      Happy Easter.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Keep your say fairy nonsense out of our lives.

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      • Anonymous says:

        You will know the truth one day. All the best.

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        • Anonymous says:

          Yeah, you better keep quiet 12:55, the christian thug patrol is making sure your life on earth is hell. I cant wait to see how Jesus will make me President of Heaven someday for kickn that atheist crap to the corner.

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        • Anonymous says:

          I know the truth. There is no evidence to support the Judeo-Christian theistic model.

    • Anonymous says:

      It was a great firework display. I was there, along with quite a few Caymanian and resident staycationers. Everyone enjoyed it. Except you apparently. Were you one of the ones making a mess on governors beach?

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Camping on the beach is a Caribbean tradition and it’s the one time of the year that the Caymanians take back their beaches. Please leave us alone and let us enjoy our tradition. Don’t try to take this from us too. Respect the indigents of these Islands for once. Thank You!!!

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    • Anonymous says:

      Not sure why this sensible post is getting downvotes but it pains me to see what the local people have here amongst them. Good luck.

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      • Kadafe says:

        it probably has down votes because they are calling ppl indigents and they might be insulted. Trying to play some big words to look smart, lesson to learn in life, speak for yourself. lol.

    • Anonymous says:

      Legally, public spaces are for use by residents of all cultures, regardless of the stamp in the passport. I think you’ll find that monopolizing the entire floor plan with household appliances, tents, tarps, and pickup trucks is not in the code book! That said, we happily and voluntarily concede this weekend to you every year, in return, we ask that you please enjoy it without using as a platform to make divisive remarks – and clean up after your family before vacating the area! Thanks!

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    • Anonymous says:

      No one in Cayman is indigenous…you can’t even spell it, so not surprising you really don’t understand what it means.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    Guys, leave them alone, it’s a Cayman thing, so just respect it, we are guests here and no one is forcing us to go or even look. You wonder why we get a bad press sometimes? When I go back to London I am frequently appalled by the rubbish thrown on the streets after “Friday night drinks”, dried up puke everywhere, gum spat out to end up on your shoes, people begging every two minutes. It ain’t pretty, so let’s not pretend we are perfect.

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    • Anonymous says:

      As an American living here I say thank you for your comment. Seems there are some (not many I hope) low class ignorant people commenting here. Sheesh.

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    • West Bay Premier says:

      Now this is past the mark that you have to do so many things before you go camping or leave your house for 24 hrs . I remember back in the days when we would go to the beach for the weekend , all we had to remember was salt and pepper and corn meal and oil hook and line and spear gun things that we needed to take with us .

      This sounds like I am going to have to get President Trump to build some walls and make Jamaica pay for them in Cayman to keep the criminals out , because the Government isn’t doing anything about keeping them out .

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    • West Bay Premier says:

      Remember the saying, while in Rome , do as the Romans do .
      What is so big about going to another man’s County and not excepting their way of life/traditions ? Do you people who are complaining about Caymanians spending their Easter weekend on the beaches . Do you go to other peoples homes and tell them how to run their home too ? If so , come to my house , then you will learn fast to have respect for other people way of life and Country .
      Just remember Cayman Islands is not YOUR COUNTRY unless you are CAYMANIANS.

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      • Anonymous says:

        I am sure there is a message there somewhere.

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      • Anonymous says:

        I think the weekend tradition is awesome. Along with alot of other awesome Caymanian traditions. But then again, when I come to someone else’s country. I am here with respect. I don’t fly my flag in their country. Not even on my countries “day”. If I am so proud of my country, then why not go back?! Or be here in the first place, if the country I left is so great.

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  4. Anonymous says:

    Who cares about the camping! Its their tradition and its one weekend. Well, yes they do set up a week early in some places but who cares. Stay in your ac home and deal with one week. I am an expat and I couldn’t care less about the camping.

    But yes, please pick up your trash after you’re done camping. It is a disgrace how much garbage is strewn all over afterward.

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  5. Anonymous says:

    Camping is a cultural thing. Apparently.

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    • Anonymous says:

      If one comes from a cultural vacuum that may be the case.

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      • Anonymous says:

        You should just piss off. Why would want to come ou publicly with your ignorance?

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        • Anonymous says:

          Truth hurts.

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          • Anonymous says:

            I don’t think you really understand what culture is….

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            • Anonymous says:

              It is not eating turtles or living in mock refugee camps on the beach.

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              • Anonymous says:

                Ah, the Easter spirit is alive and well. I am an expat, and I will defend Caymanians rights to do their thing. The French eat snails, Greeks eat small birds, the Chinese eat deep fried worms and chicken feet, and worse than many Americans eat crap fast food that will kill them, so pretty much everyone has their own thing. Turtle conservation is correct, and meat purchased from the Turtle centre is no different to any meat you buy be that beef, pork or chicken. I also today saw some very well organized and tidy camps with people obviously enjoying themselves, so if you have a problem with these things, you probably shouldn’t be here. Your nastiness ruins it for all expats.

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  6. Fred the Piemaker says:

    I loved the juxtaposition of this headline with the one about the lady and the baseball bat. Now there’s a lady who doesn’t need RCIPS platitudes on staying safe whilst RCIPS seems unable to control rampant criminality in the first place.

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  7. Anonymous says:

    And on the roads…
    1. Obey the speed limits.
    2. Don’t tailgate.
    3. Don’t drink and drive.
    4. Don’t use hand-held phones.
    5. Make sure everyone is buckled up.
    6. Use indicators.
    7. Use proper lanes in roundabouts and when exiting.
    8. Use lights at dawn and dusk.

    Buckle up… slow down… live long!

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  8. Anonymous says:

    Can we stop this “camping” foolishness and ban people from squatting on the beaches. Smiths cove looks like a 3rd world shanti town! Great back drop for poor folks trying to get married there this morning. SMH

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    • Anonymous says:

      Its already illegal but then again so are most things that go on around here.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Was thinking the same thing. Ridiculous and nothing more than another excuse for a long weekend of drinking and acting out.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Who needs an excuse?

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      • Anonymous says:

        I watch some of my fellow expats drink themselves to oblivion frequently, gather in hordes at Rum Point every Sunday and yet you guys stand here and slag off Caymanians for one weekend? Attitude adjustment needed.

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    • Proud Caymanian says:

      Easter camping is one of the Native Island traditions that we “Caymanians” still have; for the love of God let us enjoy something that is original to the islands.. Anyone that has lived here long enough knows that for Easter the beaches are used for camping. So, if you want a beach wedding go to the beach by one of the hotels. I don’t like to express my views like this but you have asked for it, if you don’t like the way we live our lives, then just go back where you came from. You enjoy the good that you so eagerly suck up, yet constantly putting the island and natives down. We could never go in a foreign country and act the way most of you expatriates do when you come here.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Too bad it isn’t a Caymanian tradition to clean up after you’re finished poaching marine life and getting high and drunk on the beach all weekend.

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        • Anonymous says:

          Sorry but you are blaming everyone for the actions of just a few. Adjacent properties welcome us back year after year knowing we will leave the beach cleaner than we found it. And I know we aren’t the only family doing this. It’s a good way to teach children not to litter. We all clean the beach before we set camp, and then do it all again before we leave.

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      • Anonymous says:

        The use of inverted commas around Caymanians shows this person to be a nativist bigot. Nasty attitude of the most mediocre.

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        • Anonymous says:

          Well it matches your “expat” bigoted views, keep messing the locals and you will learn that like the Force there is a dark side as well.

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          • Anonymous says:

            Oh really, you got to get out of bed and turn up on time first. And that’ll only happen once you’ve visited the Pattie shop at least 3 times and actually taken your cell phone off your ear.
            Dark side my a##, if that’s true do something about your own parasites who rob, rape, abuse and murder, why hasn’t your dark side been aimed at them?
            Oh that’s right, the actual colour is less dark, more bright yellow.

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        • Proud Caymanian says:

          No, I’m in no way ‘a nativist bigot’, however, I’m really sick and tired of hearing the negativity of people such as you. No one is being held hostage in the Cayman Islands, you are free to leave if you don’t like the way things are here. I have many friends, colleague and associates who are ‘expats’, however, they are capable of appreciating other people for who they are and don’t expect everyone to confirm to them and their way of life.
          Just know that there are still flights leaving the island, so it’s not too late to leave for the long weekend.

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      • Anonymous says:

        My views parallel yours and I’m an expat, a well travelled one at that. For some of these expats it’s the first or second place they’ve probably lived, then again, this isn’t an excuse for their ignorance and intolerance. There are places in this world where you’d go missing, be escorted to the airport with a oneway ticket back home, or locked up for some of the things I heard not to mention what they slag Caymanians for on this forum. Guess these individuals think the British Empire still exists and Cayman is still a colony full of simple minded natives. I beg to differ who the simple minded ones really are but they really don’t belong here. Peace everyone and when in Rome…

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        • Anonymous says:

          I have travelled the world and really I have never been to a place as utterly devoid of culture as Cayman. Eating turtles and turning the beach into a refugee camp are not what people call cultural activities.

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          • Anonymous says:

            American here. Why don’t you move to some place with more of what you consider culture. Try the USA. Got anything you want. Try being a small fish in a big pond for awhile. Your bitterness and self loathing are making me uncomfortable.

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          • Anonymous says:

            And the condescending, arrogant tone of your post completely lacks tact, diplomacy, honor or culture, but let’s not talk about that …

      • Look ya says:

        Actually camping is not an original native Caymanian tradition, it actually originated from early generations from further ashore Spanish speaking countries. Any older generation Caymanian can tell you stories of this.

      • Anonymous says:

        Not all of us buddy, some of my fellow expat comments are off by a mile, and I really don’t like the attitude they show. It is so unnecessary and hurtful.why would any normal person do that? They wouldn’t is the answer

    • annonymous says:

      This camping foolishness you refer to happens to be a Caymanian tradition for many from back in the day. As a child my family camped out every year and that was like 48 years back and more.

      It clearly sounds as if you do not like camping, so then don’t camp; that is your right not to. However, others who wish to camp should be able to do so as it is their right too.

      Once they don’t break the laws, how is it hurting you? There are many other issues taking place on our islands that we should speak up about; why not gripe about those issues instead.

      Camping brings families and friends together which is important for bonding. We all know now a days people often times are too busy to spend time together. Let them be once they are doing something wholesome.

      Safe and Happy Easter to all!

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      • Anonymous says:

        In the olden days camping often brought families very close together, its known nowadays as Cayman Disease.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Well said. As an expat, here 18 years, it saddens, angers and embarrasses me to read these plain and simple, ignorant comments. Blind and shallow writers they are. And oh so ignorant. And rude. And ignorant.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Oh please. You and other snidey commenters are so righteous and patronising. Like me, I bet you are mostly expats but I am so glad we aren’t all like you. Leave the people be it only happens once a year FFS.

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