While Cayman enjoys one of the lowest crime rates in the Caribbean, burglaries do occur. The majority of burglaries are crimes of opportunity and occur at residences when no one is at home, the entry is concealed and easy to access.
It is suggested that you lock all doors and windows, particularly when you are not at home. There is a lock which is unpickable called the ‘multi-lock’ and with this key a new key cannot be copied without proof of identification by the property owner. They are expensive, but the police recommend these locks above all others available on the market.
If you live in Cayman and are going away on holiday for an extended period, have a friend or a neighbour check on your home periodically.
For added protection, you can also have an alarm system installed in your home, which can then be connected to a security company. Some systems also monitor smoke detectors and whether doors and windows have been opened, which is helpful for peace of mind.
There are a number of security companies across the Island that can advise you on beefing up your home security.
Here are two options:
Top Tips on Home Security
Our six top tips on keeping your home safe in Cayman:
- Review the exterior of your home. Make sure there are no broken windows. Move away anything that may allow an intruder easier access (bins to climb on near windows, work ladders etc.).
- Always check that your doors and windows are secure and locked. Sometimes locks can be incorrectly fitted or a fitting may change because of extreme heat or humidity. Check them regularly.Also, if you have a deadbolt lock, use it.
- Don’t leave keys in locks, or back doors unlocked. These habits may seem harmless but if anyone finds out, this can make you highly susceptible to an intrusion.
- If you’re away, leave a few lights on or set them to a timer so that thieves of opportunity can’t tell that no one is home. If you feel uncomfortable with this or are concerned about your CUC bill, instead have a trusted neighbour or friend regularly stop into the home to check in.
- Keep valuables out of sight. It can often entice a thief if a wallet, watch, antique or electronic device is visible through a ground level window. Also, keep car keys out of sight away from windows.
- Add an electronic security alarm system to your home. If you have one, also make sure to change the access code regularly.