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Illegal gambling arrests up 300% so far for 2018

Cayman has recorded a 300 percent increase in illegal gambling to date for 2018 and the RCIPS says the problem is a serious concern.
However, they are hoping new legislative changes heading to the LA next week will help deter those in the community engaging in those nefarious activities.
Cayman is known for its tourism and its financial services industry, but there is another industry that appears to be taking root in the community, Gambling.

“It is a serious problem and it is serious not just because of the anti-social behaviour that comes along with gambling, but also because of the serious crimes that develop through gambling, such as robberies and firearm offences,” said RCIPS Media Relations Officer Jodi-Ann Powery.

At the end of 2017, Cayman recorded seven illegal gambling arrests, fast forward to October 2018 and that number now stands at 28- a 300 percent jump.
Ms. Powery said the increased arrests are the result of a focused approach through the Joint Crime Taskforce targetting illegal gambling.

“We have also increased the staffing on our community policing unit and with that, it means that there are a lot more officers in certain areas that need a police presence, such as, these areas with illegal gambling,” said Ms. Powery.

Cayman’s Gambling Law is heading for an update in the Legislative Assembly. Coming with the changes are hefty fines ranging from $2500 to $20, 000, as well as, a bump in jail-time.

“Whether we like it or not gambling is still an illegal offence in Cayman. It is illegal,” she stressed.

“The fines are directly related to the type of offence that it is. It is a gateway crime. It does cause other serious offences to take place,” Ms. Powery said.

Ms. Powery urged the community to give the police a call when they see any illegal activities, not just illegal gambling.

“We are not there when these things happen so we need the assistance of the community,” she added.
The Legislative Assembly is expected to resume sitting next week when the law changes will be debated.

About the author

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath is a Trinidadian journalist with 16 years media experience with a strong background in print with her most recent stint at The Cayman Reporter. She has a BA in Mass Communications, as well as, an Associate degree in Journalism and Public Relations.

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