This article has been contributed by Fang Li-Er
Safety: You never appreciate it until you ve felt the opposite. A few years ago, my sister s third floor apartment near Holland Road was broken into. The thieves made off with jewellery, money and other valuables.
But what they took most of all was a sense of safety, replaced by the feeling of always being uncomfortable in her home, checking every door twice and locking things up obsessively. Her apartment building did not have security staff, and I wish it had. From then on, having a guardpost has been key in choosing a place to live.
Make no mistake.
Security guards make a difference. Once when I was locked out of my place in Thomson, the security guard waited with me by my condo until the locksmith came, and accompanied me to the ATM to get cash for the locksmith.
They give you a sense of assurance and they re always there to give a hand when the need calls for it. Although crime is low and policing in Singapore is pretty awesome, they can t be everywhere all the time.
We need the presence of security guards.
When I read that security guards earn a paltry $800 a month on average, I was appalled. (See: http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/rise-pay-security-guards-put1) Is that how much we value a safe and secure environment?
These guys work awful hours, need to be alert for suspicious activity and prowl your estates and whom are responsible for keeping houses and offices safe get paid less than a cleaner? Before CPF? Ridiculous.
Cleaners are covered by the Progressive Wage Model (an NTUC initiative) which compels the employer to start paying a minimum pay of $1200.
I think this PWM needs to happen for the security industry.
(T. Mogan, pictured center, is the head of the Security Association of Singapore and he was quoted to have resisted the Progressive Wage Model for the security industry2)
I m not convinced that a security officer should be paid this low. It is a job that involves risk, risk of confrontation with dodgy people, risk of being exposed to danger.
It is also physically tiring, having to stay awake at ungodly hours. There is also good customer service to deliver, they need to be as polite as possible and deal gingerly with impatient residents.
We need to motivate these guards to want to do a good job. If they get paid so little, they ll have to look for second and third jobs, which seems appalling when you consider the important work they are doing ie keeping us safe, and making sure we never have to stress about locking every window or standing alone at night.
It is a dignified job, it is a good job and it is even a job that makes society better.
I don t buy the idea of high business costs or poor business to keep their salaries low. If business is that difficult or that bad, then the industry has to consolidate. Free up resources for the more agile companies that know how to do business.
Opportunist companies who are merely there to make a quick buck, should shut.
What about the use of technology?
Do you really need to employ a large platoon of staff to start with? How about surveillance equipment? This way the officer can watch over many things at once.
There are Inclusive Growth Project (IGP) funds to help with financing these projects.
This is an issue of bread and butter.
We re very good at complaining that the government has a lack of regulation to keep salaries high, but when there are too many regulations, we complain that this country is too legalistic for comfort.
What I hope now is that it is from the ground up, we get businessmen to review their own businesses and find ways to pay their staff better through their own initiatives.
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- ^ http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/rise-pay-security-guards-put (news.asiaone.com)
- ^ resisted the Progressive Wage Model for the security industry (www.stasiareport.com)
- ^ The Devolution of Singapore s Mainstream Media (www.fivestarsandamoon.com)
- ^ How much does it cost to hire a staff? (www.fivestarsandamoon.com)
- ^ Breaking: Abuse of 3-year old at My First Skool (www.fivestarsandamoon.com)
- ^ I learnt how much security officers get paid, and it is appalling (www.fivestarsandamoon.com)
- ^ The tip of the toll increase iceberg (www.fivestarsandamoon.com)
HARTFORD A former security guard at Milner School on Vine Street was convicted Thursday of trying to have sex with a 12-year-old girl at the school last year.
Heriberto Agosto, 51, of Auburn Street, pleaded guilty under the Alford doctrine to a single count of attempted second-degree sexual assault and faces three years in prison.
Agosto did not agree with the state’s evidence against him, but acknowledged that it was likely he would be convicted at trial. He told Judge Joan K. Alexander he wanted to take advantage of a plea offer from prosecutors and a receive shorter prison sentence.
Under the terms of the plea agreement, Agosto will serve three years in prison and 10 years of probation.
He will also be on the state’s sex offender registry. His sentencing has been scheduled for Aug.
Agosto’s misconduct came to the attention of administrators at Milner School in November 2013. They immediately contacted Hartford police, who in January obtained a warrant for Agosto’s arrest.
According to the warrant, on Nov.
19, 2013, Agosto took the girl into a storage closet at the school and asked her to perform a sex act on him. The girl refused, and Agosto responded, “Tomorrow, OK?” The girl immediately told a friend about the incident, the warrant says.
21, 2013, Milner Principal Karen Lott told police, she was reviewing school surveillance video as she investigated reports of students skipping class when she saw Agosto and the girl walk up a seldom-used stairwell toward the closet. She told police the video showed Agosto opening the door with a pass key, and then the girl, after hesitating, follow him in.
They were inside about 12 minutes, the warrant says. Lott provided a copy of the video to police.
Thomas Pentalow, the school system’s assistant security director and a retired Wethersfield1 police officer, interviewed the girl, who initially denied that anything had happened, but when told there was video she said Agosto had asked her for sex, the warrant says.
Police began their investigation on Nov.
22 by reviewing the video, interviewing the girl and the friend she told about the incident, and then Agosto.
Agosto initially denied taking the girl to the locked room, but admitted it after being told there was video, the warrant says. He denied asking the girl for sex or talking about sex, but told police the girl “likes to play around and be physical with boys,” according to the warrant.
The girl told a forensic interviewer at the Greater Hartford Children’s Advocacy Center at St.
Francis Hospital and Medical Center2 that she knew Agosto as “Security G,” and that he was a friend of her father. She talked to him, based upon what her father told her, but then began to feel uncomfortable around Agosto, according to the warrant.
“She stated he would stare at her, he would look at up and down and lick his lips,” according to the warrant. The girl also told police she thought Agosto was following her around the school.
She said that on Nov.
19, 2013, Agosto grabbed her by the arm and said to her, “let me show you something, the room where everybody do it,” according to the warrant.
She then described how Agosto asked to have sex with her and how she refused, the warrant says.
Lott told police she came upon Agosto and the girl on Nov.
20, 2013, a day before she saw them on the video, and that Agosto was opening a third-floor bathroom door for the girl.
She told police seeing Agosto and the girl together made her uncomfortable and she sent the girl to use another restroom.
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