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More security forces in Tumon due to rise in criminal activity

Posted: Sep 07, 2018 4:23 PM +10:00 Updated:

Security patrols have been beefed up in Tumon following a recent spike in criminal activity. GVB says suspects have now been arrested for a purse snatching, and the robbery and assaults on two Japanese visitors at a Tumon beach. But tourism industry officials still sought to increase the security presence as a further deterrent.

GVB spokesman Josh Tyquiengco says the safety of tourists and residents is paramount, that's why the board and management took swift action to add more patrols in the area. He told KUAM News, "With the visitor safety officer presence increased in Tumon we feel that this will help prevent more criminal activity from happening. But we have also been working with different agencies, the Guam Police Department, the Guam International Airport Authority, the Port Authority of Guam and other agencies to curb criminal activity from happening and making sure all of us here are safe."

Former Police Chief Paul Suba who now runs the VSO program for G4S says there is an occasional spike in crime there, but those in the tumon district work together to tamp it down as quickly as possible. "There's communication between employees and their management and hotels and the police department and the VSO program and the like, so there's a network and so there were many times when we were able to interdict, or disrupt a possible attempt, a suspicious individual in the area and address that," he said.

The assault on the two tourists prompted GVB officials to visit the Japanese consulate to reassure them that security is being addressed. They also sought help to invite the visitors back.

He concluded, "And have them experience Guam the way they should have experienced it, enjoying our beautiful island and our Hafa Adai Spirit."

Police late Friday said they arrested two people in connection with the Tumon crimes. They are 25-year old David Anthony Juanico, and 25-year old Deshannay Jaerica Aguon Santos. They were apprehended in a stolen vehicle after fleeing from a East Agana gas station without paying.

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