Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Trust Your Gut

I can’t say this often enough to my patrol guards or to my clients: Trust your gut. If something doesn’t seem right, it probably isn’t. You’re better off questioning it than dismissing it – for the safety of your family and for those around you.

Case in point: The other night on a routine community patrol, one our guards saw a suspicious-looking individual in the Kerrisdale area moving some lumber from a local lumber and rental equipment store.

Since the scene didn’t quite look right to this guard, he – fortunately – trusted his gut and questioned it.

He approached the Caucasian male – about 17 to 20-years-old – who was moving decking material towards the north side of the store.

After asking the individual what he was up to, the guard asked for some identification. The individual refused, and ran into the woods and disappeared from sight in seconds.

In checking the store’s perimeter, the guard found more of the same materials farther up the block behind a lamp post. After immediately phoning the Vancouver Police Department (VPD), the guard moved all the materials back to the store.

After the VPD arrived, together they searched for this individual – but to no avail. He’s still out there. Though we will be increasing our patrols to this area, at the request of the local police, in hopes of finding this suspect.

The lesson here: If something doesn’t look right, then it probably isn’t. It’s worth picking up the phone and making a call – to 911, to Genesis Security or to both.

Most of all, though, remember to trust your gut.

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