Three major incidents among an ongoing perverse culture. Others not stated would raise fewer eyebrows, but were and still are very serious.

What should also be noted is that Security staff have access to anyone on their site and some are working temporarily on many sites. There is black market dealing taking place from some of them, and while this is happening their conduct is as low as they can make it. Some managers are allowing all abuse and misconduct to take place, which is done for the personal satisfaction of the so-called guards. This is why I use the word 'perverse'.




I was temporary on all sites. I was used for both days and nights everywhere, because I was very adaptable. Many worked only nights. Some could only work days.



Child Abuse Servers:


The CCTV integrity checks at x1 includes monitoring of child abuse servers. Almost no one has access to where those are located. They are unmarked now but at the time had the names of children's games written on them. A large meeting room once served the same purpose, was staffed and called 'The Paedophile Room'.

I found a fault on the camera for the servers, it blanked out the day shift footage almost perfectly.

I had to make an incident report using the client's online system, and also tell my own firm. I found that the fault had been occurring each night.

The guard who relieved me that morning had like all the others, declared using the PC documentation that the recordings were all intact. Each shift they had done this. They altered their records but I photographed the screens showing when they had been changed.

In the next fortnight I didn't hear anything else but was subjected to abuse from the supervisor. He tried to pick a fight with me, which I resisted. From the start he had made me an enemy because I was professional, not a thug at heart.

Him and all the guards who had lied about their checks kept their jobs but all were gone in two years.

My online incident report to the client had been made, but I can only believe my employer used my name for blame internally. For the next years working for the firm was very difficult, and some of the managers were sacked.

Shortly before this incident our line manager lied about her site visits, grossly exaggerating time stayed. All those visits were then banned unless booked in via the customer logging system, in advance. The only alternative was to stay in the car and pass any paperwork or uniform items via the window.

I was treated also to some reward but I resigned five years later, not wanting to go to another Security firm and fake my enthusiasm.

I worked with some very difficult people, some criminal, and brought them attention they did not want.



Car Jacking at knifepoint:


A colleague worked a weekend day shift and trained a female guard then. I worked the two nights.

A few minutes after he left on the Sunday I saw a Pakistani girl at the atrium barrier, crying. She had lost her car at knife-point in the car park. It had been parked where a camera should have been facing, which had its own screen unlike the others.

The CCTV was easy to check. It had been in the wrong place all day, yet had been moved slightly.

The police were informed. The supervisor had to attend. He strongly criticised me for the camera position, but stopped when he found I wasn't responsible, and he went out with a team leader to smoke for 20 minutes. He did this not knowing when the police would arrive, and the CCTV footage still needed to be assembled and put onto DVD for them, by him.

I'd contacted my employer by phone, the shift manager arrived and I explained the events to him. He was Asian and had both front teeth in gold. He listened and nodded but didn't even look or speak to me.

The car had been found within 15 minutes of the event, all belongings untouched on the passenger seat, in the nearby ASDA offices car park, as if for a joke.

The guard was still working there until he died. He was overweight but very disciplined in no-exertion, and in his 30's. He went home and into his garden and died of heart failure it was said. I heard that the crematorium was crowded to the doors, but I'm glad he is gone. Things are better.



£80,000 vehicle theft


I arrived at x2 to work in the building site cabins, a Saturday morning.

On my first patrol I found that fence had been breached The breach was even visible from some of the Reception windows. There was another security guard working in the Reception. There were cameras and they were monitored from there.

The duty technician (reception guard's nephew) did not manage to persuade me to dismiss the possibility of a crime, and I reported it to the police and the building works manager. None of the guards knew how to review the CCTV footage. The Reception guard had no intention of delaying the reporting of the crime, unlike his nephew.

On the Monday it was found an £80,000 telehandler had been taken. The burglary was between 16.25 and 16.50 on a Friday. The site is bound by very heavy inner city motorway traffic, there is no other way to leave.

The guard in Reception at the time was not able to honestly account for his failing to observe this outside his window or via camera. The cabin guard that evening had missed the breach on all six patrols he noted. He had lied.

I didn't work there for a few weeks after, but knew my name could not have been used for blame. The guard who'd lied about the 6 patrols was given plenty of work still, at that site and the city centre one (which is x1), supervising builders at what is the highest pay rate. He was not popular with them, and I know he worked where I'm certain black market transport was undertaken.

A month later the Reception guard watched films in Reception while the builders were on site and using that entrance. He was dying of cancer it has been said. He was known to have been offensive to the police regarding the video footage, which the assembling of was delayed for a month or more. I believe the police never received it. It was in a drawer waiting to be collected, a month after the theft.

I also found both builders I spoke to in denial of the event, and one was the foreman. The other was from the firm who had hired the vehicle.