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Our History

We support our knowledge of global security trends with a deep understanding of our customers’ unique needs. We have an enviable heritage with more than 100 years in the security industry.
History of G4S

2020 -

2020 - The sale of the majority of G4S's conventional Cash Solutions businesses to The Brink's Company was completed. The G4S Academy is launched, establishing one place to share G4S's global expertise. G4S launches COVID-19 business continuity plans and employee protective measures to deliver safe and reliable services to our customers. G4S secures a 10-year contract to run new UK prison, HMP Five Wells. G4S launches the 2020 G4S Supplier Code of Conduct and Inclusion Council. Later in the year, G4S board unanimously recommends offer from Allied Universal to buy G4S.

2021 - G4S is delisted from London Stock Exchange as Allied Universal completes the acquisition of G4S.

2000 - 2019

sailing boat

2000 - Group 4 and Falck merge to become Group 4 Falck.

In early 2000s, Group 4 Falck acquires security businesses in Germany, Austria, Finland, the Czech Republic, Norway and Hungary, France and South Africa. The company enters the US security market by acquiring The Wackenhut Corporation, the second largest security services company in the US and acquires a Danish intruder alarm business.
Securicor acquires businesses in Canada, Africa, Europe, Asia and the US.

2002 - Nick Buckles becomes CEO of Securicor.

2004 - Securicor merges with Group 4 Falck's security businesses to form Group 4 Securicor (G4S) and begins trading on the London and Copenhagen Stock Exchange.

2005 - Lars Nørby Johansen is succeeded as CEO by Nick Buckles.

2006 - Wackenhut wins a key fire protection and emergency response contract with NASA. G4S announces sponsorship of Skandia Team GBR, backing Britain’s Olympic sailing bid in Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

1980 - 1999

1988 - Falck is acquired by Baltica, a Danish insurance company. Jørgen Philip-Sørensen takes responsibility for Group 4’s European activities. Securicor Chairman Peter Smith is awarded the OBE for services to the security industry.

1990 - Securicor establishes its Custodial Services operations.

1991 - 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.

1995 - Falck is listed on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange.

1997 - Securicor acquires the first Private Finance Initiative prison in the UK.

In the 1990s, Falck acquires security businesses in the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Lithuania, Germany, Poland and Estonia.
Group 4 acquires businesses in Austria, Belgium, Canada and Turkey, establishes operations in the United Arab Emirates and Ukraine, starts activities in Bangladesh and provides security services to governments and private organisations in Hungary.

1950 - 1979

1950 - Philip-Sørensen family businesses are consolidated as Securitas International.

1951 - Night Guards becomes Securicor.

1963 - Falck buys Zonen Redningskorps, an independent fire and rescue service in Denmark.

1965 - 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.

1901 - 1949

1950s guard

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.