Inchcock’s Security Industry True Tales of Woe
The Night Noc Ob & Rep Assignment
That is how the manager described the duties to me when telling me what assignment I was on the following night.
Night Binocular Observation and Report is what he meant.
There were two of us were to be based in a field, opposite a Garden Centre just outside of Nottingham.
The criminal elements had hit it three times in a week.
We were given a quick run-down on how to operate the night Binoculars, and sent as soon as it got dark, to the field opposite the entrance to the Garden centre.
We parked the van behind some trees in the field, and settled down in the ditch at the roadside to carry out our Night Noc Ob & Rep Assignment. We were to observe the main gates and site for any signs of intrusion. In the event of any such occurrence, we were to summon the police, and try to bar the escape routes of the raiders until the police arrived, if safe to do so.
It was very windy, and after about two hours or so, the rain belted down. We discussed whether we should get into the van, but decided against it, as if anything happened and we missed it, we would really get it in the neck.
Trevor, the chap on duty with me was a big confident lad, and this gave me some confidence that we would prevail if anything kicked off.
But there were no signs of any intrusion at the premises all night,
All had been quiet.
About 0330hrs, Trev said he’d go to the van and get our nosh and flasks. I gave him the keys, and awaited his return.
When he did return, not carrying any fodder, he leant down to my head level and whispered: “Fuck me, the some bastard’s nicked the bleedin’ van!”