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Security guard stabbed at Chisholm Coles

By johnboy - 6 February 2012 17

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery where a security guard was stabbed at the Coles supermarket in Chisholm last night (Sunday, February 5).

Around 9.15pm the security guard received minor stab wounds to his shoulder after confronting two men who were allegedly attempting to steal alcohol from the store. He was taken to The Canberra Hospital where he was treated for his injuries.

A/Superintendent Bob Wynn urges those faced with this kind of situation not to physically confront offenders.

“We take the view that property can be replaced, people can’t,’ A/Superintendent Wynn said. “It is important that you ensure your own safety first and do as the offender asks. Once the offender has left, secure the premises, cordon off the immediate area and call the police”.

The men fled with a quantity of alcohol.

The first offender is described as Caucasian in appearance, around 175cm (5’9”) tall, of medium build with short brown hair and wearing a black T-shirt.

The second offender is described as being Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander in appearance, approximately 170cm (5’7”) tall, a skinny to medium build with black hair and a black moustache.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident and is yet to speak with police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers website on www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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Security guard stabbed at Chisholm Coles
Chop71 9:44 am 08 Feb 12

any news on the guy in the Hyperdome carpark yesterday? police were there 4 hours

retirement_fund 3:27 am 08 Feb 12

Why does everything that happen around Chisholm have to have something to do with the Tavern OR the Sports Club. Firstly, this happened at COLES, where they have bottles of alcohol on the shelves for everyone to help themselves whilst food shopping. Alcohol and cigarettes are one of the easiest to turn into cash for a thief as the general household items like TV’s etc aren’t worth stealing nowdays. The supermarkets should have lock-up cabinets that they serve from, somewhat like the IGA Stores now. It’s not as if you have to have a feel of the bottle, or a smell of the contents before you buy it.

I don’t quite know what this all has to do with happy hour at the Chisholm Tavern. The Chisholm Sports Club run Happy Hours and promotions however there is no mention of this. The Tavern is closed way before the Club as far as talking about late night trading. Please stop the hate mail against small businesses that are trying to make a go of it.

Violet68 10:34 pm 06 Feb 12

MWF said :

EvanJames said :

This wouldn’t have happened if Chisholm Tavern was able to run happy hour a bit later.

I’ve heard that every minute of every day is happy hour at the Chisholm.

They were probably sent to restock her bar.

MWF 8:05 pm 06 Feb 12

EvanJames said :

This wouldn’t have happened if Chisholm Tavern was able to run happy hour a bit later.

I’ve heard that every minute of every day is happy hour at the Chisholm.

Woody Mann-Caruso 6:44 pm 06 Feb 12

/hopes for Victorian-style police shooting

milkman 6:43 pm 06 Feb 12

…and to think that we just had a huge thread about how Aboriginal and white Australia diidn’t do things together.

creative_canberran 6:22 pm 06 Feb 12

harvyk1 said :

AG Canberra said :

So what is the point of having a security guard?

Strictly speaking a security guard has very little rights beyond an average person. Of course they do usually have some degree of training.

Well the problem is many “security” staff are hired on the cheap. Rent-a-cops who don’t have a security licence, or at least anything beyond a basic one and therefore have limited use of force options. Many job ads from Canberra department stores I’ve seen don’t even require a security licence, saying training provided on the job and a first aid certificate is beneficial.

There are security companies in Australia who offer comparable use of force options and PPE to specialist Police units. Indeed the typical Chubb guard doing cash in transit around Canberra now has better kit that the typical general duties Police officer.

Had this Coles guard being wearing the Kevlar vest the Chubb guards are kitted out with these days, he wouldn’t have been stabbed successfully. And had he being equipped with OC or a Taser, it’s likely the offender would not have even tried. But when all you’ve got is a name badge and a white shirt, it’s absolutely foolish to try and stop an offender because they know by virtue of carrying a knife, they have the upper hand.

dtc 4:50 pm 06 Feb 12

When I was overseas there was a story about some poor bank guard who had guarded the same bank for 35 years without anything happening. Then the first time there was a robbery he got shot (survived).

Not sure why I was reminded of that.

I think being a bank security guard would be amongst the most boring jobs in the world. Can’t imagine being a Coles security guard rates much higher; but on the other hand its going to be safer than being a ‘security guard’ (bouncer) at most of the clubs around town.

Tetranitrate 4:26 pm 06 Feb 12

AG Canberra said :

So what is the point of having a security guard? If they can’t do anything (as police advise) wouldn’t it be cheaper to have a decent HD camera system? At least then there will be decent evidence for a conviction.

Maybe the guards need to be allowed to carry big maglight torches…..for illumination purposes only.

Camera footage on its own isn’t necessarily going to stand up in court believe it or not. A human witness to say ‘I saw him take the bottle of vodka, put it in his jacket and run for the exit’, combined with footage is way way more likely to get a conviction.

But other reason is to discourage the less psycho thieves – ratbag 15 year olds are more likely to just bugger off when they see a guard is watching the liquor isle.

Also the advise the police gave is for the case when the offender is brandishing a weapon – seems in this case the security guard had no idea, and the moment they were confronted the scumbag pulled the knife.

Mysteryman 4:23 pm 06 Feb 12

EvanJames said :

This wouldn’t have happened if Chisholm Tavern was able to run happy hour a bit later.

Of course. People should never be expected to behave within the constraints of the law without access to late night alcohol supplies. It’s clearly someone else’s fault.

I hope these two slip, break the bottles, and cut their wrists on the shards of glass.

EvanJames 4:01 pm 06 Feb 12

This wouldn’t have happened if Chisholm Tavern was able to run happy hour a bit later.

harvyk1 3:52 pm 06 Feb 12

AG Canberra said :

So what is the point of having a security guard?

To protect property from all the honest people…
Strictly speaking a security guard has very little rights beyond an average person. Of course they do usually have some degree of training.

AG Canberra 3:06 pm 06 Feb 12

So what is the point of having a security guard? If they can’t do anything (as police advise) wouldn’t it be cheaper to have a decent HD camera system? At least then there will be decent evidence for a conviction.

Maybe the guards need to be allowed to carry big maglight torches…..for illumination purposes only.

johnboy 2:45 pm 06 Feb 12

indeed. dunno where my head is at today!

lumpy 2:36 pm 06 Feb 12

*Chisholm Coles, perhaps a bit of a stretch away from Civic

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