At 8:30 am on New Year’s Eve an 80-year-old woman was pushed to the ground by a thief who departed the scene with the victim’s bag. Continue reading to find out how 1st Corporate Security’s team ended up saving the day.

The attack happened whilst the victim was crossing Lady Road. The attacker ran back towards Cameron Toll Shopping Centre.

Read more about the incident here: 80-year-old assaulted and robbed in morning attack near Cameron Toll.

1st Corporate Security provide Cameron Toll Shopping Centre with a full retail security package, complete with corporate security personnel and cleaning personnel.

A month later the suspect entered the shopping mall and was instantly spotted by 1st Corporate Security staff David Grant and Samantha Burnett who work the centre’s security.

David and Samantha had identified the thief through descriptive information passed on by the police and tracked the man through the shopping centre whilst contacting the police.

Eventually, the security staff detained the suspect and awaited the arrival of the police.

The attacker was 15 years old and has since been reported to the Procurator Fiscal awaiting prosecution.

Read more here: Teen charged after pushing OAP to the ground in Cameron Toll bag theft.

The Team

The successful identification and detainment of the suspect was headed up by two distinguished members of our security team at Cameron Toll Shopping Centre; David Grant and Samantha Burnett.


Cameron Toll hero Samantha Burnett. No image of David is available, unfortunately.


“We are very proud of David and Samantha who have very clearly demonstrated one of our key values – putting customer safety first. I am delighted that the team went above and beyond their normal duty, liaising with Police Scotland and playing their part in protecting the communities we serve. At 1st Corporate Security, we have a focus on recruiting and retaining the best security officers Scotland has to offer, David and Samantha are excellent examples of this strategy’s success.” – Colin Ruddie Managing Director, 1st Corporate Security.

1st Corporate Security

At 1st Corporate Security, we put customer safety and service first. Our security officers deliver 1st class security services. However, we also have a focus on delivering excellent customer service. Nowadays security officers are a key part of an organisation’s customer service team and are often the first point of contact for customers. That’s why we only select highly personable security personnel. Interested in finding out more? Get in touch today.