I Spent a Night Watching over a Dead Person

I learnt what it takes to be a shomrim – someone who keeps dead people company in the days before their funeral.


On Patrol with North London's Orthodox Jewish Crime Fighters

Shomrim (Hebrew for "guards") is on call 24 hours a day. Every day it gets 11 to 15 calls, but more just after the sabbath, when there's a backlog due to people reporting incidents they had witnessed the previous day when they couldn't use the phone.