He would do this for the rest of his duty, again, taking short breaks once in a while. However, as the days of the month flew by, the frequency of these rounds fell drastically. Every day at about 9:30pm, I take my dog for a walk and I could no longer see him walking around. Instead, he sits at the side of the road smoking a ‘bidi’ looking completely oblivious to his surroundings. He does however walk around blowing his whistle for the most part of the night. But with time even this activity stopped and after few days, I hear him only between 12am – 1am. Because, as the whole neighborhood falls asleep, apparently, so does he.
One day I decided to discuss the matter with the guard himself. I asked him things like the exact timings of his duty and the duties included in his job. Taken aback at once, that a girl is asking him questions he was never asked before, the sickly, old looking fellow refused to answer me, but on urging him a bit, he told me that he is supposed to reach the area by 8pm and the day guard is not supposed to leave until he shows up and similarly, he is not supposed to leave at 8am until the day guard shows up. Also, he is supposed to stay up all night and drive any suspicious looking people away and make sure that nothing unusual happens during his duty in the colony. I questioned him about a robbery that happened not long ago in the neighborhood; and just as I expected, he was not even aware of the incident. They are such guards who are defaming the whole security system and making huge security companies a laughing stalk. A regular check should be kept on these guards to make sure that they fulfill their duties and don’t just give us a false sense of security. We require safety and not half-drunk people blowing whistles or screaming “All is Well” at night.
The huge question that arises here is that, when and how will we get our money’s worth security with authorities and companies appointing such irresponsible guards?