GPD: Be security conscious this holiday season

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Sgt. Paul Tapao, GPD spokesperson, said GPD will have DUI checkpoints set up throughout the island over the next several weeks to ensure safety on the island's roads.
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This Friday marks the start of the biggest shopping season of the year as hundreds of island residents will be hitting the stores in hopes of scoring a good deal but as you do police say that it’s important to keep yourself and belongings safe.

While sales are about to get a boost thanks to the holiday shopping season, police say this is also the time of the year when they see an uptick in crime.

This holiday season GPD reminds the community to plan your route, keep aware of your surroundings and always let a family member know where you are heading so that you don’t become an easy target for criminals.

While it may be nice to show off your new purchases on social media, police say you may want to keep a low profile and refrain from advertising your purchases online.

And of course, if you are taking a trip off-island for the holidays, GPD’s spokesman, Sgt. Paul Tapao, says making memories is a must but keeping pictures of your travel adventure out of the limelight should be considered.

“One thing that a lot of people like to do on the holidays is travel and when you put it out there that you’re off-island and nobody is home, you have to be careful when you do that,” Tapao said.

And let’s not forget that when it comes time to getting rid of the packaging, you may want to think twice about boxes from large ticket items being out on display in your front yard.

Tapao says instead of throwing boxes for big-ticket items in the garbage dispose of them discreetly by breaking down the boxes before getting rid of them.

Police say keeping these safety and security tips in mind will reduce your chances of becoming a target of crime.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.