Monday 3 August, 2020

Cops report a 30.9% drop in crime since March, as compared to last yr

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a direct impact on the volumes and types of criminality on the Cayman Islands. This is according to the summary interim crime report which provides an overview of the crime statistics for the first 5 months of 2020 from Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS).

COVID restrictions were introduced on the Cayman Islands on March 23.

Since that time, incidents/calls for service specifically related to theft have reduced substantially. There were 132 fewer calls pertaining to theft since COVID regulations were put into place this year as compared to the same time period last year.

Between March 23 and May 31, there were 602 crimes recorded in the Cayman Islands. This is a reduction of 30.9 per cent-- by nearly a third-- compared to the same period in 2019. The significance of this drop is evident when taking into account the fact that In the first 3 months of 2020 there were substantial increases (14.5 per cent) in total recorded crime compared to the same period for 2019.

Crimes which recorded an increase since Shelter in Place regulations were introduced, over the same period last year include ganja cultivation, ganja supply, assaulting police or customs officer, criminal trespass, harassment, threat to cause serious harm, a threat to damage property and possession of a weapon.

All crime statistics were taken from the RCIPS Records Management System.

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