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Review Security Practices

Businesses in the Cayman Islands are being urged to review their security practices following a break-in at a popular bar which resulted in a substantial quantity of cash being taken. The RCIPS is calling on all businesses to look at how they can reduce their chances of becoming a victim following the burglary which occurred on Friday, December 26. In addition, over the last month, four condo offices along West Bay Road have been broken into. The RCIPS is issuing the following tips to business owners:

  • Never leave large amounts of cash on the premises.
  • Use adequate security measures such as deadbolts, alarms and ensure the compound is well lit.
  • Ensure windows are secure, including bathroom windows.
  • Consider installing tape recorded CCTV (Closed Circuit Television). Change tapes regularly and ensure date and time stamps are correct. Clear signage and obvious cameras can help deter a crime. The taped footage can help solve a crime should you fall victim.
  • Look for weak spots. Secure your premises and attempt to get in. How easy would it be?
  • Good housekeeping pays. Untidy properties are soft targets for thieves. Keep trees and shrubbery well maintained so as to maintain good natural surveillance and visibility - donít give criminals the opportunity to work out-ofsight.
  • Consider your layout. Keep desirable goods near to cash registers and away from exits. Consider locking them in cabinets. Use a safe.
  • Mark your assets with an ultraviolent invisible pen to assist with recovery should anything be taken.

"Prevention is always better than cure," said Chief Inspector Angelique Howell who is calling on business owners to work with the police. "The police have their part to play, but so do business owners. Protecting your property and letting people know you have security measures in place by using clear signage could stop you becoming a victim. We need to work together."

Anyone with information about crime taking place in the Cayman Islands should contact their local police station or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS). All persons calling crime stoppers remain anonymous, and are eligible for a reward of up to $1000, should their information lead to an arrest or recovery of property/drugs.