Former security guard wants employers to take action on safety after death
Credits: Newshub A former security guard is calling on employers to do more to ensure the safety of guards on the job. She says she often felt unsafe in her job and is not surprised a security guard was killed in an attack earlier this week.
Kit Bennett worked as a security guard for three years and always came home safely to her cat Dreyko. But she didn't always feel safe in her job, saying "people look at you like they wanna kill you". Papakura Countdown security guard, Goran Milosavljevic didn't come home safely when he went to work on Wednesday.
The Serbian national was hit in the head after he approached a teenager in the store where he worked and died in hospital from his injuries the next day. "It's not at all to me surprising," Ms Bennett says. A 17-year-old was arrested and charged with manslaughter, appearing at the Papakura District Court on Thursday.
Milosavljevic worked for Allied Security, a company which the ETU union has some concerns about. ETU representative Jill Ovens said: "We tried to initiate bargaining to get into discussions about things like health and safety and training which would protect the guards more, but they refused to engage with the union." Allied Security didn't return Newshub's calls on Friday, but its website says its guards "have ethical, physical and decision-making training that enables them to deal with any situation that may arise".
It says its "structure allows for support to be available to every guard wherever they may be posted for security duties." Ms Bennett says she was trained by an ex-police officer, but sometimes that's not enough. "I have lots of life experience, I've worked in social work so I kind of already know how to deal with people."
It's understood Milosavljevic had worked for Allied Security for eight months. Police say they are supporting the victim's family who are not in New Zealand. The 17-year-old is being held in police custody and will appear at the High Court in Auckland later this month.