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Tourism Minister concerned after crime rise

Minister of Tourism Moses Kirkconnell says he’s growing concerned about the rise in crime Cayman has seen in recent weeks.

Mr. Kirkconnell, who is also Deputy Premier, said the Ministry of Tourism is backing the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service – but said criminals need to be brought to justice as quickly as possible.

Minister of Tourism Moses Kirkconnell.

He said: “As Minister of Tourism I am concerned by the recent rise in property invasions and the escalating seriousness of crimes being committed, which represent an unacceptable increase in lawlessness at the hands of a small minority of the population.

“While I am thankful that no one has been injured during the commission of these offenses, the frequency of incidents is a grave concern. In addition, this spate of criminal activity has the potential to cause significant harm to communities and irreparably tarnish the good name of our tourism industry.”

Mr. Kirkconnell added that he fears the country’s reputation and economy might suffer because of the actions of a few.

He said: “For decades the tourism sector has successfully marketed the beauty and safety of our Islands, placing emphasis on being one of the safest jurisdictions in the Region. Incidents such as these threaten that positioning and will erase years of hard work.

“With Tourism being a pillar industry, it is imperative that our country’s reputation and economy is safeguarded from the effects of crime, and residents once again feel safe in their homes, businesses and neighbourhoods.”

This week alone has seen four armed robberies, two at gas stations and two at general stores across the country.

One person has been arrested in connection with the raids at stores in George Town and Bodden Town.

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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