Friday, February 17, 2017

Despite the risks, Tulsa security guard fighting crime on the streets

TULSA, Okla. Feb 17 2017 A no-nonsense security guard patrolling across east and north Tulsa has a style of crime fighting that can seem unsafe at times.
Despite the dangers, he says the risk can be rewarding, and he has videos to prove it.
Benjamin Terrerro owns a private security company and patrols 14 properties in Tulsa. He also sees himself as a crime fighter.
“I don’t see it as a risk," Terrerro said. "It’s just a job opportunity."
Terrerro operates as a lone ranger, chasing and often catching lawbreakers without any assistance. He always has a camera on him and has collected videos since 2006.
“Unfortunately, these days, the moment you step out of your home, your life can be compromised," Terrerro said.
Some weeks, he encounters multiple burglaries or thefts. He says he’s committed to stopping whatever crimes he can, making citizen's arrests and calling the police to come get the bad guys.
“We have a problem with criminal activities, and it’s happening everywhere," Terrerro said.
Terrerro never finished college, and it cost him his dream of becoming a Tulsa police officer. But he said he works closely with the department.
“We’ve got no issues with him," Sergeant Shane Tuell said.
Tuell has dozens of records where Terrerro has delivered evidence or criminals to the police.
“If you’re going to hire security, you’re going to want to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth," Tuell said of Terrerro's track record as a security guard.
Even after being shot at multiple times on the job, Terrerro doesn’t plan to stop anytime soon.
“We should be focusing on what’s going on in reality, rather than focusing on color, ethnicity or gender," said Terrerro.
Terrerro said he ultimately wants to make a difference on the streets and in the lives of the criminals he catches.

“I will die trying, and I will do the best that I can," he said.

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