Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Guam: Taiwanese Couple Robbed at Gunpoint, Assaulted, Robbed at Cetti Bay

Three unidentified local assailants confronted a Taiwanese couple who were enjoying the Cetti Bay Overlook on Tuesday (September 25) and subsequently pistol-butted and punched a male victim, after which they robbed the couple of a gold watch, an iPhone, car keys and their rental car. The incident occurred during daylight hours.
COMMENT: Anyone who may have witnessed the armed robbery are urged to contact police or Guam Crimestoppers at 477-HELP (4357). 
Police are also investigating another similar robbery that occurred over the weekend at the Coco Palm Resort at Urunao.
Over the last couple of years the auto theft of rental vehicles and incidents of armed robbery have been a common occurrence throughout Guam.
As a result, tourists and travelers are urged to avoid wearing expensive or expensive-looking jewelry, carrying high-end smart-phones in public view and carrying large amounts of cash.
Additionally, those renting cars should take steps of not parking such vehicles in secluded areas, where local criminals can prey upon them. Given the rise in car rental theft, renters should insure vehicles for full coverage in the event the car is stolen and disappears.
Although rental cars are a great way of seeing the island, there are an assortment of options available to tourists in the form of taxis, organized tours and mass-transit service. 

The Guam Mass Transit Authority currently operates buses on nine routes, connecting nearly all of the villages of the island. Service on all routes is provided six days per week, Monday through Saturday, and is available to peoples with disabilities.