The mid-year figures are in and overall crime is up by more than 8%. However, the news is not all bad, police say serious crime is down; while the numbers at the community level have them rethinking their strategies to prevent crimes before they can happen.
A look at the RCIPS’ track record for the last six months reveals mixed results. In the serious crimes department Cayman has seen no murder compared to the same time last year, meanwhile there were 2 recorded in the same time period. Rapes were down by 33%, while burglaries dipped by 34%.
Other serious crimes like Assault G B H and Aggravated Burglary were up by 166.67% and 66.67% respectively. Robberies were also up by 61%.
During a press conference on July 14, Acting Commissioner Anthony Ennis made it clear these numbers still weren’t good enough.
He said, “We are going to continue our relentless crack down on crime, particularly firearms burglaries and robberies.”
The police has made significant strides to reduce burglaries. In fact 212 were reported in the last six months compared to 322 for the same time last year, however Mr. Ennis says there is still a lot more work to be done.
“Despite the fact that burglaries are down by 34% there is still 212 victims of burglaries. I understand how traumatic it is on crime, especially when your homes have been invaded,” said the Acting Commissioner.
Another look at the stats show firearm offences between January and June had significantly spiked when compared to the same time period last year. Th 8 reports of firearm being discharged were, that’s 700% greater than the one for 1 last year. As for imitation firearms, the numbers were consistent. 3 were record in the first six months of 2015 and 2016. As for the possession of unlicensed firearms there was a 166.67% spike. Mr Ennis says the reason behind this is that they have changed their tactics and now directly target a certain demographic. The results now show an average of two guns being recovered per month.
When it comes to changing tactics police say they have heard the call for a greater police presence throughout the community, and now they are acting on it.
Mr. Ennis said, “We are going to revitalize our community policing imitative. We believe that the way for us to engage our community is through community policing strategy.”
When asked how they intended to achieve their goal, he said plan to decentralize policing; which means leaving the stations and taking to streets.”
“We have a mobile command vehicle and that has been sitting there for quite some time and so we’ve decided to brush the dust off of it and redeploy it and put it in certain hot spot areas.” He added that wouldn’t be enough, and that they were planning to have a greater presence by reintroducing their police bicycle programme. ” We used to have our bicycle patrols again we have decided we want to redeploy our bicycle patrols.”
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