Business warned burglaries on the up

| 11/08/2021 | 35 Comments
Cayman News Service

(CNS): Police say they responded to three burglary reports at business properties located in George Town last week and are urging owners to step up security and preventative measures to reduce their risk of becoming victims of crime. Just under 30 commercial burglaries have been reported to the police so far this year and in the latest three various items were stolen.

On 4 August a beauty salon off Goring Avenue was broken into and equipment, electronics and other items were taken. The next day a restaurant on Shedden Road reported that someone broke into the property and stole food and other miscellaneous items. Electrical tools and gas tanks were taken in another burglary that day on Mary Street.

The police are encouraging business owners to increase security if possible by engaging security company services, installing alarm and camera systems and maintaining existing systems .

“It’s important to ensure that cameras are positioned in such a way that they cannot be easily tampered with, and that they are placed to ensure the best possible visuals to identify an intruder,” said Superintendent Peter Lansdown. “We also ask business owners not to keep large amounts of cash on their premises if possible, especially overnight and throughout the weekends and to stagger drop off times to avoid being monitored.”

Whilst the vast majority of the commercial burglaries have taken place in the George Town and the West Bay Road area, business across all the Cayman Islands are being advised of these measures.

See here to find out more about what can be done to protect your business.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Crime pays – that is one reason crime is increasing. Some burglars are stealing hundreds of thousands per year. The other reason is that in reality there is no downside for criminals.

    The percentage of burglaries resulting in successful prosecutions and jail time is tiny. The small minority of criminals who are convicted get nothing sentences and are out in a few weeks if they spend any time in jail at all. When is PACT going to demand that the police and prosecution publish their abysmal statistics?

    If we want crime to go down improve the police and prosecution services and change the laws to make truly deterrent sentences mandatory.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Increase minimum wage.
    People don’t steak food and gas tanks for resell.

    • Anonymous says:


    • Anonymous says:

      We really need a mandatory economics class because even with a sea of knowledge at our fingertips, some people refuse to search and use critical thinking skills.

      Increasing minimum wage will not have the effect you think. Businesses are not just sitting down on a bunch of cash like a bond criminal. Money flows in a cycle and the minimum wage you want to increase has to come from somewhere. Where will that be my fellow citizen? Oh sorry no, its not the 5th dimension. It will have to come from either the government printing it or from us in the form of high prices. So lets say you raise minimum wage to double what it is now, every business will have to increase their revenue streams by a certain amount to compensate.

      Please stop with these uneducated, lazy solutions. While i do agree with you that its not a common theme to steal these types of items for re-selling, simply giving people more money never solves the issue in the long term

  3. Anonymous says:

    Police should make bait houses and commercial properties and turn it into a television show. Then they will think twice

    • Anonymous says:

      A large percentage of burglaries are done by people on bail after arrest for a previous burglary or on license following their ‘early’ release on license following a 2 week sentence for aggravated burglary. The justice system here is anything but.

  4. Anon says:

    Crime on the up so police say people should spend lots of money and install security measures. How about the police step up and do more first!

  5. Anonymous says:

    “The police are encouraging business owners to increase security”…is a startling admission of what the public and stakeholders should expect of our elusive part-time police force, their capacity, and willingness to protect and serve. This statement screams that we need a new Commissioner, and a major reorganisation of RCIPS culture. What is their vocation that they believe publishing official policy statements like might be helpful?!?

    • Anonymous says:

      Well, since the police are saying its my responsibility to do what I can/must to protect my home and business (which I whole heartedly agree), how about allowing citizens without crimnal records to apply for gun permits so they have a means to protect themselves and their families. A gun training course can be required by a reputable trained professional upon being granted the permit then after you can acquire the firearm itself.

      The fact that the government has taken away the best means to protect ourselves, then when you defend yourself if what you have left you can get sued and face charges by the person who trespassed and broke into your property, is ridiculous. They claim to want the responsibility then pass the buck back onto us and its insulting. The police know they can’t do anything and that’s exactly what their statement conveyed.

      To hell with these useless people in that organization. Its about time we make them step up or they lose their jobs.

      But I’m sure no politicians will be nice and safe in their ivory tower until enough of us no longer care and start bringing the hooliganism on to their driveways.

      • Anonymous says:

        I personally like not having to worry about mass shooting events and target areas every waking moment of my day.

        Wondering if my family will survive each day just so the unhinged can play God is beyond selfish and will only make workplace gun violence the new pandemic.

        Call me crazy but every country in the world besides USA clearly has an intelligent laymen-understood no-tolerance gun violence policy approach. PERIOD.

        Must be a ReTrumplican….smh.

        I hope you understand you are only destroying America’s reputation everytime you post this stupidness on CNS or anywhere else for that matter.

        • Anonymous says:

          Mhm. Our no gun policy sure prevents the criminals from shooting up bars and each other.

          Glad you dont have to worry about violence though. You must reside behind a nice gated community somewhere and don’t have to interact with the common folk.

          Its always the people who are hidden behind features of safety that tell others what they can or cant do to protect themselves. Until it ends up on your doorstep then you start singing a different tune.

          And its really old now to assume that everyone you don’t agree with is a part of orange man club. Your binary thinking is naive. There are people who can see the benefit of being able to protect themselves that dont care for us politics but to you everyone is just the same.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Should be a simple solve – identify the repeat burglars on bail awaiting trial for previous burglaries or recently released from the Northward Hotel after serving a tiny percentage of their very short sentences. They will almost certainly be the culprits. The recidivism rate here according to the last study on the subject is literally 100%.

    • Anonymous says:

      It would help if we actually deported that portion that are deportable, rather than sticking our heads in the sand and doing nothing.

  7. D. Truth says:

    The best way to reduce crime is to get tough with criminals. For some unknown reason this is not the way Cayman handles it………. so we have a large number of thieves.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Border closed, people hungry. Expect more of the same.

    • Anon says:

      What? So all the thieves work in hotels and tourism? Nonsense

      • Anonymous says:

        People are coming here every week looking for work. These people are the problem. I have people calling me from Jamaica about my rental property everyday!

        • Kenny says:

          What someone from Jamaica calling you for rental has to do with the current crime problem here in Cayman.
          Cayman has always have a burglary problem committed by in most part drugs addicted Caymanians. the stats will reflect that.
          Stop blaming others for our problems

          • Anonymous says:

            12.03pm Agree the Caymanian druggies do this and usually get caught. The Jamaicans here on permits taken out by their countrymen who have no work for them don’t get caught. T&B licenses need to be much harder to get.

        • Anonymous says:

          Stop blaming foreigners for everything. Read the news to see it’s some of your very own.

      • Anonymous says:

        No tourists, less clients. Watch.

    • Anonymous says:

      Really? Don’t insult people who went through worse and never stole a thing.

    • Anonymous says:

      Cost of living too high.

    • Anonymous says:

      You are what we like to call an enabler. Not once when I have been dirt poor did I think to commit a crime against another person. Shitty parents breed shitty people.

    • Anonymous says:

      When the borders were open, this same sh*t was happening! Stop coming with that same excuse to be a crap citizen.

    • Anonymous says:

      So true, they are using work permits like Dart styrofoam cups and plates. Disposable and only good for one use.

      They come employed by one business, then continue to job hop to stay here, avoid rollover and eventually stay long enough to get status.

      When they are between jobs and get desperate, it leads to criminal activity to avoid being repatriated.

      It becomes even worse when they get high level positions or get government contracts. They bully everyone around them into submission for their own job security and abuse the position to bring in more of the same on WP to play the well-to-do lottery as well.

      As a result, they never leave, exploit the system dry for everything that is available to them, and only move on from us when a better opportunity beckons them.

      They make life a living hell for local Caymanians who don’t play their dirty games, don’t have any other options overseas for any better lifestyle, and are stuck in the demeaning power dynamics from not reporting them and to avoid threats of job loss. Where are the standards for having respect and employing Caymanians in their homeland?

      We need to get a huge grip on giving out work permits so loosely BEFORE any border is opened to anything.

      The increase in crime at all levels of society in Cayman can directly be linked to the increase in work permit grants and the loose standards in granting them. They eventually become status holders, which only complicates an already difficult issue to tackle.

      The border closures have highlighted more criminal behaviour than actually causing it directly. Just saying.

    • Anonymous says:

      6:14 Don’t make excuses for these losers!!

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