CoSafe Administration and CCTV Officer nominated for Cockburn Employee of the year award

CCTV operations officer Gurdeep Singh spent hours of his own time trying to identify a motorbike thief using video footage. Picture: Martin Kennealey d428818
CCTV operations officer Gurdeep Singh spent hours of his own time trying to identify a motorbike thief using video footage. Picture: Martin Kennealey d428818

IN AUGUST, Gurdeep Singh had a decision to make: take the easy route out or put in the hours.

He took the tougher road, but it should pay dividends on a number of fronts.

Acting on a request from an employee whose motorbike was stolen from the Cockburn Youth Centre, the CoSafe administration and CCTV operations officer trawled through hours of footage to identify the masked thief. And he did it all in his own time.

‘I almost stopped searching after a couple of hours, then decided to make it my goal to identify this person,’ Mr Singh said.

Mr Singh checked footage from the centre’s 16 CCTV cameras, noticing clothes worn by the thief matched those worn by a visitor to the centre earlier in the day.

‘Finally after a day or so in total I took still screenshots from the 16 various angles to build a picture of the offender,’ he said.

‘I took the pictures to the police who identified him as also being involved in other offences around the south metro and south- east metro districts.

‘Although the police have not yet found him (or the motorbike), I’m confident that when they do he will be prosecuted and justice will be done.’

For his efforts Mr Singh is now in the running for Cockburn’s Employee of the Year award.