“A key part of [Cayman’s reputation as a destination] is the safety, and if we lose that, then we are in trouble,” said Tourism Councillor Joey Hew. He told Cayman 27 crime on our islands – or the perception thereof – can harm our reputation as a safe place to visit.
He said no matter one’s occupation, tourism is everyone’s job.
Mr. Hew acknowledged the segment of Cayman’s population who, due to unemployment or other circumstances, may be pushed to contemplate an action so desperate as this week’s brazen robbery in North Side.
He urged those persons to instead seek help.
“We will not tolerate crimes of this nature, if you’re hungry we will give you food. If you’re thirsty we will give you water to drink, if you need help there are so many ways to get mental help and addiction help. We are here to help you, we will not tolerate crime,” said Mr. Hew.
Meanwhile, police say the eastern districts are still safe to live and visit. This comes after a group of elderly people were robbed on their back porch on Monday.
Chief Inspector of the eastern districts Frank Owens says although it’s safe to live in Bodden Town, North Side and East End, people should not leave themselves open to being robbed.
He told Cayman 27, “People should do any crime preventative measures like locking their doors; not leaving keys lying around and Just to be aware of things.” He added, “Certainly I wouldn’t say its not safe to go out; it’s not safe to go on to the beach or on to the streets or whatever. These things can happen.”
Anyone with information about the robbery is encouraged to contact the Bodden Town Police Station at 947-2220.