Cayman Islands Country Report
Local infrastructure is modern and extensive, notably in the telecommunication sectors, with further investment planned boosting cruise port capacity. The provision of utilities services is reliable. Corruption is not a major risk, although there is still capacity to promote transparency and accountability within state institutions, including the police. Bureaucratic procedures do not represent a major challenge to the private sector and authorities are committed to fostering a positive business environment at all levels. The islands have a well-educated workforce and labour-related risks are low. Natural hazards may hit the islands, but overall the government’s level of preparedness is adequate.
There is no specific terrorist threat targeting Cayman Islands assets from domestic or home-grown groups or targeting Western interests such as bars, nightclubs, shops, restaurants, or other places where expats and tourists may gather.
Crime levels in the Cayman Islands are low and compare very favourably with the other countries in the Caribbean region. The primary threat to visitors is petty crime. Acts of violence rarely occur and the islands are considered peaceful. Crime levels have fluctuated in recent years, although detection rates have trended down significantly since 2008. The most common crimes are theft, burglary, and drug-related offences.
As a British Overseas territory, the Cayman Islands’ foreign affairs and defence policy remain the responsibility of the UK government. Overall, there are no significant external threats to the islands and interstate war risks are low.