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Senior cop worried after crime spike

A senior police officer with the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service has admitted its worried after a crime spike in the past two weeks.

Three armed robberies in a few hours, kilos of cocaine recovered and a street shoot-out in George Town to name but a few of the illegal activity since the beginning of the month.

A window at Digcel is fixed after a break-in early Wednesday morning.

Now Acting Commissioner of Police Anthony Ennis has highlighted two main reasons for the rise. He says drug use and criminals coming out of prison are to blame for the hike.

He said: “While we wouldn’t characterise the incidents taken separately, or arguably together, as unprecedented, nonetheless they are worrying, as any crime that impacts public safety and the quality of life of our citizens should concern us all.

“Central to this is what we see as the persistent cycle of recidivism and persons with substance abuse problems that are committing crimes, including break-ins and robberies, to feed their habits. Until we break this chronic cycle that has destroyed so many promising lives, the fact of substance abuse will continue to drive property crime in particular, and pose a serious risk to public safety and national security in general.”

On Wednesday morning, police said thieves struck at the Digicel store on the waterfront and stole a number of electrical items. They was also a break-in at a Bodden Town restaurant. There thieves stole a television and food.

For the full story, make sure to pick up your copy of the Cayman Reporter on Friday.

About Paul Kennedy

During a career that spans almost three decades, Paul has covered some of the biggest stories in the world for regional and national newspapers. A multi-award winning journalist and published author, he has worked for the past six years producing television news and documentaries in Cayman. Paul is also the host of a weekly football show. His dream story is to find a dog that can play piano.

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