June 19, 2021

Cayman Islands crime stats show drop in overall crimes

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Year-end 2015 crime statistics show drop in serious, volume and other crimes

Crime statistics for last year reflect a drop in crime across most categories, with an overall decrease in the crime rate of 7%. Most significantly, the number of burglaries and robberies in the Cayman Islands, the types of crime often noted as most worrisome to the public, are down by 6% and 17%, respectively, in comparison to last year.

“We have dedicated resources and personnel specifically to fighting burglaries and robberies, and our skilled detectives have had some real success in locking up serial burglars and increasing robbery arrests in recent months,” said Kurt Walton, Chief Superintendent. “Nonetheless, as we can see from the armed robbery that occurred in Camana Bay yesterday evening, we can never rest and we do not intend to. We are aggressively pursuing all leads in order to arrest these robbery suspects, as we do in each and every case.”

Altogether, the rate of serious crime is down 3%, but serious and violent crime (such as rape, murder, wounding) has dropped even more, by 13% from last year, and as much as 37% from its high four years prior, in 2011.

“Individual incidents, like what occurred yesterday, understandably resonate in the community,” said David Baines, Commissioner of Police. “Yet at the same time, crime has been on a downward trend. Nonetheless, we must keep the pressure on criminals through dedicated resources to investigative work, continued crime prevention efforts with the community, our work with the community to address anti-social behavior, and our efforts with partner agencies and NGOs to tackle the high rate of recidivism.”

Traffic statistics for 2015 will be released in the coming days.

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