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Tumon will see boost in security

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by Krystal Paco

Guam - With a rise in crime, the Guam Visitors Bureau is looking to pump up security in the island's tourism capitol before the year's end.

Your stroll through Tumon could be caught on camera.

"The Guam Visitors Bureau is actually doing a couple of things right now to improve visitor safety," he said.

According to Guam Visitors Bureau board chair Mark Baldyga, in line with marketing the island as a safe destination for tourists, GVB is increasing surveillance in the tourism capitol.

"The first is we're reactivating all of the cameras in Tumon. They'll all be monitored from a central location because cameras without monitoring is rather useless so the monitoring station will probably be at the police precinct and in addition we're starting a visitor safety patrol," he said.

And if you're not being watched on camera, there will be plenty of new faces along Pleasure Island keeping a watchful eye. As Baldyga explains, much like park rangers, the soon to be implemented visitor safety patrol will help deter crime on the beach and on the streets.

He said, "We're going to hire about a dozen young men and women to ride on segues with special tires so they can ride on the beach and they can also drive up and down Tumon."

But GVB won't be working solo on these efforts, Baldyga adds that the visitor safety patrol works in cooperation with the Guam Police Department.

"You don't always need a full policeman with a gun and all of those things to create a presence. So they'll create a deterrence or a presence on the beaches and in Tumon and they'll also be there to answer questions for tourists, sort of like a concierge. In addition we're working with Parks & Rec and DPW and we'll go to the legislature to try and get the authorization from them to issue citations much like the CAPE officers," he explained.

Ultimately, it's a win-win for tourists and locals alike, with Baldyga saying, "The focus of all of this is to raise safety and raise quality so that we can start to move Guam to its next evolution as a first choice destination instead of just a cheap destination."

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