GPD issues safety tips for Black Friday shopping

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Black Friday brings some of the biggest discounts and sales to consumers but as GPD Spokesman Sgt Paul Tapao reminds the community, it’s also a time when residents need to keep their guard up to prevent becoming a target for opportunistic thieves.

Whether you have already headed out to take advantage of Black Friday sales or if you plan on hitting the doorbuster sales tomorrow, GPD Spokesman Sgt Paul Tapao says be alert and aware of your surroundings.

“Go to and from the parking lot into the establishment park in an area that’s well lit. Try to go with family members. Two is always better than one — it’s extra eyes and an extra body. Criminals are opportunistic individuals and they’ll take advantage. If they see you as easy prey, it’s pretty much game on. But if you have strength in numbers that’s always something good,” Tapao said.

But if you plan on going alone, make sure you have your keys in hand. Should you notice a suspicious character press the alarm button on your keys to draw attention to you.

Also, get off your phone, stay off your phone and focus on what needs to be done and that’s just walking and being aware of your surroundings.

Tapao also shares that situational awareness even when utilizing an ATM is imperative. But your not only looking out for lurking individuals.

“We’ve been having issues with fraudulent ATMs. Banks have advised customers to observe, don’t just stand in line. Shake it up a bit. If it’s loose, report it to the store manager. But these are telltale signs that you might want to consider and you might want to consider not inserting your card in there because it might have magnetic readers,” Tapao said.

Tapao says that once you’ve completed shopping, make sure to properly store your items out of the public’s view like in your trunk or drop them off to a nearby relative before heading to the next shopping destination.

Tapao also reminds the community to practice safety by masking up and adhering to the social distancing guidelines.

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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.