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New police koban opens in Yigo

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 by Krystal Paco

Guam - Residents in the village of Yigo can feel a little safer knowing there's a stronger police presence closer to home.

Beware bad guys. The Guam Police Department is making their presence known in one of the island's largest villages.

"My saying is we're trying to take the village back and this is one step closer to that," said Sergeant R.C. Manibusan,

Today, the Yigo Mayor's Office in collaboration with the Dededo Precinct cut the ribbon for the Yigo Police Substation.

He added, "The purpose of the koban is to bring the police officers closer to the community. If you're aware the Dededo Precinct is so many miles, so many minutes from Yigo. Now with the substation there its just a matter of minutes for villagers to come around and inquire the services of the officers in the substation."

Located in the same building as the mayor's office, Manibusan, GPD's districts programs coordinator, says the koban will improve response times for incidents within the village in addition to playing a vital role in efforts to establish a neighborhood watch program.

"Also the substation will be used as community neighborhood watch satellite station. We'll be working out of there with the volunteers on the neighborhood watch program," he said.

And the increased visibility is welcomed by Mayor Rudy Matanane who reports increased burglary and theft in his village. I think that just having a koban here in Yigo makes the bad guys think twice about doing what they're not supposed to be doing here with the break-ins and the theft that's going on here in Yigo and actually all over the island," he said.

And nothing is more precious than a sense of security.

"I think that the residents of Yigo can be more comfortable in their daily lives and the safety of the kids and safety of their home and all of that that's important to them," he said.

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