Securing Your World

Our history

G4S has a heritage of more than 100 years

1901–1950: Our foundation in Denmark, our national growth, our first moves into overseas territories and the emergence of Securitas International...

1901

  • Marius Hogrefe starts the guarding company Kjøbenhavn Frederiksberg Nattevagt in Denmark

1906

  • Sophus Falck establishes Redningskorpset, an independent fire and rescue service

1908 

  • Redningskorpset establishes the first automobile ambulance in Scandinavia

1930 

  • Falck becomes a nationwide operator in Denmark

1934 

  • The Philip-Sørensen family establishes Securitas AB in Sweden

1935 

  • Night Watch Services (later Night Guards) starts up with four guards on bicycles

1950 

  • The Philip-Sørensen family businesses are consolidated as Securitas International

1951–1989: The emergence of Securicor and Group 4, changes in the role of the Philip-Sørensen family, and a partnership with British Telecom…

1951

  • Night Guards becomes Securicor

1960 

  • Securicor become a nationwide operator in the UK and expands into Africa and Asia

1963

  • Falck buys Zonen Redningskorps, an independent fire and rescue service in Denmark

1965 

  • Securicor launches the Data Transit Service, a fleet of vans moving customers’ confidential payroll and banking details from central locations to regional offices
  • Jørgen Philip-Sørensen is appointed managing director of his family’s UK businesses

1968 

  • The Philip-Sørensen group of companies becomes Group 4 (Total Security)

1971 

  • Securicor Group Limited and Security Services Limited are listed on the London Stock Exchange

1981 

  • Jørgen Philip-Sørensen takes responsibility for Group 4’s European activities, while his brother Sven Philip-Sørensen takes over Securitas AB in Sweden
  • Securicor Chairman Peter Smith is awarded the OBE for services to the security industry
  • Securicor and British Telecommunications plc form the Cellnet cellular network

1988 

  • Falck is acquired by Baltica, a Danish insurance company; Lars Nørby Johansen is appointed Managing Director

1990–1999: Falck becomes a listed company, Securicor becomes a plc and operations spread across Europe – and beyond…

1990 

  • Group 4 provides security services to government and private organisations in Hungary. 
  • Securicor establishes its Custodial Services operations

1991 

  • Baltica sells 55% of its shares in Falck
  • Group 4 acquires businesses in Belgium and Turkey 
  • Group 4 begins managing the first privatised prison in the UK, at Wolds in Humberside

1993 

  • Falck acquires the security business of ISS Securitas, to become Falck Securitas
  • Group 4 acquires businesses in Austria and Canada
  • Securicor Custodial Services wins the contract to run the London Metropolitan Court Escort and Custody services

1994 

  • Group 4 establishes operations in the United Arab Emirates and the Ukraine
  • All activities in Spain are sold to Securitas AB

1995 

  • Falck is listed on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange

1996 

  • Group 4 begins a joint venture with British Gas to provide meter-reading services in the UK, and establishes AccuRead
  • Falck acquires businesses in Sweden and Norway
  • Securicor becomes a single plc

1997 

  • Securicor enters the US corrections market
  • Securicor acquires the first Private Finance Initiative prison in the UK

1998 

  • Securicor forms a joint venture with Deutsche Post, the German post office
  • Falck acquires businesses in Germany, Poland and Estonia
  • Group 4 starts activities in Bangladesh

1999 

  • Falck acquires security businesses in the Netherlands and Lithuania
  • Securicor sells its stake in Cellnet to British Telecommunications plc

2000-2005: Continued mergers and acquisitions, Group 4 Falck is established and then Group 4 Securicor, the world’s second largest security provider...

  • Group 4 and Falck merge to become Group 4 Falck 
  • Group 4 Falck acquires security businesses in Germany, Austria, Finland, the Czech Republic, Norway and Hungary
  • Securicor acquires businesses in Canada, Africa, Europe, Asia and the US

2001 

  • Group 4 Falck acquires businesses in France and South Africa

2002 

  • Group 4 Falck enters the US security market by acquiring The Wackenhut Corporation, the second largest security services company in the US
  • Nick Buckles becomes Chief Executive of Securicor

2003 

  • Securicor sells its distribution business to Deutsche Post 
  • Group 4 Falck sells its shares in Wackenhut Correction Corporation and Wackenhut Resources Inc.
    2004 
  • Group 4 Falck’s security business merges with Securicor to create Group 4 Securicor in July 2004, and begins trading on the London Stock Exchange
  • Group 4 Technology acquires a Danish intruder alarm business
  • Group 4 Securicor’s UK Justice Services business wins three electronic monitoring contracts in England and Wales
  • Group 4 Falck sells Global Solutions and lists its safety business (Falck A/S) on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange

2004

  • Securicor merged with Group 4 Falck's security businesses to form Group 4 Securicor and began trading on the London and Copenhagen Stock Exchange

2005

  • Lars Nørby Johansen is succeeded as Chief Executive by Nick Buckles

2006–present: G4S becomes a global identity and makes yet more acquisitions...

2006

  • The G4S brand identity is rolled out worldwide
  • Wackenhut Services, Inc. wins a key fire protection and emergency response contract with NASA
  • G4S wins Human Resources Excellence award for “Best Executive Development Programme”
  • G4S acquires a 50% share in a guarding, alarms and cash services business in Mozambique
  • Alf Duch-Pedersen succeeds Jorgen Philip-Sorensen, becoming Non Executive Chairman 
  • G4S announces sponsorship of Skandia Team GBR, backing Britain’s Olympic sailing bid in Beijing 2008 and London 2012

2007 

  • G4S enters the FTSE 100 index of leading companies on the London Stock Exchange 
  • G4S makes acquisitions in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, the Czech Republic, Serbia and Mozambique 
  • G4S begins providing electronic monitoring equipment and services in New Zealand 
  • G4S 4teen, an innovative global sports development programme, is launched

2008 

  • G4S acquires GSL, a leading provider of critical primary and support services and outsourced justice services
  • G4S is selected as a support contractor for the US Department of Energy 
  • G4S acquires Armorgroup, a leading provider of defensive and protective services to national governments and international peace and security agencies
  • G4S acquires RONCO Consulting Corporation, one of the world's premier humanitarian and commercial mine action, ordinance disposal and security companies
  • A landmark agreement reached with UNI, the global union federation, on an Ethical Employment Partnership, driving improvements in employment standards across the security industry

2009 

  • G4S acquires Secura Monde International Limited and Shiremoor International Engineering Limited, together, the UK’s leading specialist banknote and high security technical and commercial advisory companies
  • G4S acquires All Star International, one of the premier facilities management and base operations support companies providing services to the US Government
  • G4S acquires Adesta, US-based provider of integrated security systems and communication systems
  • G4S acquires Hill & Associates Consultants Limited, Asia’s leading provider of specialist risk mitigation consulting services

2010

  • G4S appoints Clare Spottiswoode and Winnie Kin Wah Fok to the G4S Board as non-executive directors
  • G4S entered thriving Brazilian security market with acquisitions of Plantech and Instalarme
  • G4S acquired Skycom, a market leader in the African systems market

2011

  • G4S appointed official security services provider for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
  • G4S awarded two prison contracts and three work programme regions in the UK
  • G4S acquires The Cotswold Group in the UK providing surveillance, fraud analytics, intelligence and investigation services 
  • G4S acquires Munt Centrale Holand B.V. in The Netherlands, providing coin management services

2012

  • G4S appoints John Connolly as new chairman
  • G4S strengthens Brazilian business with acquisitions of Vanguarda and Interativa
  • G4S acquires Deposita, South Africa’s leading provider of retail cash solutions technology
  • G4S acquires Chubb Emergency Response in the UK, providing key holding and response services
  • Also in the UK, the Lincolnshire Police Authority award G4S the first contract in the UK to build, design and staff a police station

2013 

  • G4S announce three Non Executive Directors to the Group Adam Crozier, Tim Weller and Paul Spence
  • G4S sees its mining division grow by over 50%
  • G4S launches its landmark human rights policy
  • G4S announce Ashley Almanza to succeed Nick Buckles as Group CEO
  • G4S appoints Himanshu Raja as CFO and Eddie Aston as COO and later Regional CEO UK & Ireland
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