A rare breed of patcher in India, who has a penchant for finding the elusive ‘fortunate’ item in a person’s luggage and then bringing it back to the passenger.
The Patcher is a rare breed, says Arvind Kumar, founder and chairman of Patcher & Associates, a private security firm that specializes in identifying suspicious items.
“We have found cases in the past where it was found at the door of a hotel and then brought back to a hotel.
That was our first attempt,” Kumar told The Hindu.”
We were able to identify that one from the CCTV footage of a train in the middle of the night.”
Patchers are trained to find a missing person and bring them back safely to their hotel room.
It’s a job that has paid off for Kumar and his team, who are able to nab one of India’s rarer crimes.
For Patcher, the job comes with a few perks.
He gets to take a few drinks with his guests before returning home to his family.
And, he can get away with a lot more than his fellow trainees in other countries.
Kumar says that while it takes him about three days to complete a successful mission, the reward he receives from the company is “quite substantial”.
The company claims to work on cases in every corner of India.
It also helps Patchers get paid on time, which can add up to upwards of $1,000 for a single mission.
Kumar is a member of a Patcher Association, which is the governing body of the company.
He also helps the company with its overseas operations, which include working with the Indian army and law enforcement agencies.
“I am also helping to set up security teams in countries around the world, like in Australia and Germany,” Kumar said.
According to Kumar, the Patcher community has always been very friendly.
“They have always been welcoming people to the business and the business has always welcomed them,” he said.
“If we work in good time and do the right thing, we are able do our job.
And the community has taken care of us.”
Apatchers are often used in the case of stolen goods.
For instance, in 2009, the Mumbai Police said that they had found an object that was supposedly stolen from the luggage of a woman who was in a train.
But police were unable to locate the woman and her luggage, and it was discovered that the woman had not been in the train for a long time.
Police officials have since made the woman’s luggage private and have said that the object was found on the luggage by accident.