Friday, April 11, 2008


Kiss your ass good-bye to Russian tourists. It probably won't matter there weren't many of them coming here anyway. MVA can put out all their little Saipandas and fight for visa's for tourists from Russia but the damage done here will far exceed any public relations MVA has to offer..
Read this bit... Story Here....
Marpi burglary and theft:
Crime Stoppers
is asking the community for more information on any person(s) responsible for the burglary and theft incident at the Last Command Post in Marpi. Preliminary investigations reveal that on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 1, 2008, the victim and his family, all of whom are Russian nationals, went sightseeing at the Last Command Post. Police learned that the perpetrator(s) in this case stole the victim's passport, credit card, and an undetermined amount of money after breaking into the family's rented vehicle.
There will be pleasant stories repeated over and over about all the fun they had here, all the nice sites they visited and how THEY GOT RIPPED OFF!
Lets see there will be the passport office to tell the story to, also the credit card company, the travel agency, many friends who will say, "how was it there?" so many places to spread the word.
This will cancel thousands of dollars worth of efforts trying to lure more tourists here, only to get robbed. What a mentality. Spread the news all over Russia...Don't go to Saipan!


Anonymous said...

how hard is it to put someone out at these sites to guard the parking lot. Take some of the many excess baggages from the offices in government and give them a chair to sit on in the parking lot of the tourist places.. and a radio. All the excuses such as no budget to hire someone is bogus. Rearrange, be creative, re-allocate. Shouldn't cost a dime.

glend558 said...

Anon, You're thinking, now if only some 'others' would!

Bruce A. Bateman said...

While you are right, Glen that a single negative outweighs many positive experiences and while it is true that we can't afford even one case of tourist robbery...on the other hand can you name me a single place on the planet where you might go as a tourist and be absolutely assured you will not be a victim of tourist crime? I would venture to say, no, you cannot.

You will have your wallet pick-pocketed standing in front of the Vatican or waiting in line at the Louve or hanging on the beach at Puket etc. etc. We need to be vigilant and more, we need to crucify the little fuckers when caught, but there is no way to guarantee 100% safety, here or anywhere else.

glend558 said...

Put a 10 year mandatory jail term on this crime and I'll guarantee it will become a rarity.
You make this sound as it is a rare occurence, but it is common here.

lil_hammerhead said...

The crimes make a difference. When we travel, we definitely look into the local crime situation before we decide to go.

I know it may seem like I'm harping on Clyde Glen, but this is exactly what I'm talking about.. instead of having hordes of officers pulling over 711 people to check seatbelts and front license plates.. officers should be working the northern tourist sites, and patrolling villages - all day, everyday.

This is a serious problem and it boggles the mind why they haven't really addressed it. It happens weekly.

One high resolution camera covering the Marpi road, that captures and records all vehicles going in and, will help deter the thefts.. for example. There's one road in and out.. it can't be too hard to do this.

lil_hammerhead said...

..going in and out

Marianas Pride said...

Another unsolved mystery of Saipan...

but who gives a shit. Even if they find the perps guilty, they will get a warning and most likely probation.

And then they will get a government job because they helped deliver picnic tables and tents.

Biba koruption!

Any questions?