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 - 2021

G4S delisted from London Stock Exchange.
Allied Universal completes the purchase of G4S.

G4S launches COVID-19 business continuity plans and employee protective measures to deliver safe and reliable services to our customers.
Corporate Risk Services merged with Hill & Associates.
Completed the sale of the majority of G4S's conventional Cash Solutions businesses to The Brink's Company.
G4S appoints Michel van der Bel as a non-executive director.
G4S launches the 2020 G4S Supplier Code of Conduct and a new Inclusion Council.
The G4S Academy launched, establishing one place to share G4S's global expertise.
G4S board unanimously recommends an offer from US company Allied Universal to buy G4S.
G4S secures a 10-year contract to run the new UK prison, HMP Five Wells.


2010 - 2019

G4S appoints Clare Chapman as a non-executive director of its board.
G4S announced in August that the board has approved the separation of the Cash Solutions from the Group, following a review announced in December 2018. 
G4S in Tanzania and G4S Risk Management  granted membership of the International Code of Conduct Association (ICoCA) which promotes responsible private security.
Cash Solutions in the Netherlands acquired SecurCash becoming the only cash solutions company providing services to the Dutch banking sector.
Agreement to sell the majority of the Group’s conventional cash businesses to The Brink’s Company. As at 28 April 2020, around 71% of the transaction had completed.

G4S appoints Elisabeth Fleuriot as non-executive director of its board
New organisational structure announced creating Global Cash Division and consolidating Secure Solutions businesses into four regions: Americas, Europe & Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Jesus Rosano appointed as Global CEO of G4S Cash Solutions
The G4S World Cash Report 2018 is published; the first ever global study of how payments are made around the world.
G4S announces that it is reviewing options for the separation of the Group’s Cash Solutions businesses from the Group.

G4S selected to join FTSE4GOOD index in recognition its strong commitment to CSR
Sanjay Verma appointed Regional President Secure Solutions - Asia
G4S contracted to secure to Hinkley Point C, the first nuclear power station to be built in the UK in a generation
AMAG Technology launches first reader for smart phones
G4S launches fifth global employee survey
G4S Africa awarded Top Employer in 13 countries

G4S secures a renewed 20-year deal to manage Port Phillip Prison in Victoria, Australia
G4S becomes first private security company to secure the UK's Royal Mint
Tim Weller succeeds Himanshu Raja as Chief Financial Officer

G4S wins major security contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan
G4S becomes worldwide security partner of choice for Huawei Technologies ltd
G4S launches ground-breaking product to revolutionise business travel safety

G4S appoints John Kenning as Regional CEO for North America
G4S achieves emerging markets revenue of £2.4 billion
G4S establishes Safety First as a new value across the Group
G4S splits Latin America and North America regions to reflect their growing importance and the scale of opportunities 
G4S announces that Jenny Miles will succeed Irene Cowden as Group HR director

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

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

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

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

2001 - 2009

sailing boat

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

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

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

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

Lars Nørby Johansen is succeeded as Chief Executive by Nick Buckles

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

Securicor sells its distribution business to Deutsche Post 
Group 4 Falck sells its shares in Wackenhut Correction Corporation and Wackenhut Resources Inc.

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

Group 4 Falck acquires businesses in France and South Africa

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

1990 - 2000

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

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

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

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

Falck is listed on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange

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

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

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

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

1950 - 1989

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Night Guards becomes Securicor


The Philip-Sørensen family businesses are consolidated as Securitas International

1901 - 1949

1950s guard
Night Watch Services (later Night Guards) starts up with four guards on bicycles

The Philip-Sørensen family establishes Securitas AB in Sweden

Falck becomes a nationwide operator in Denmark

Redningskorpset establishes the first automobile ambulance in Scandinavia


Sophus Falck establishes Redningskorpset, an independent fire and rescue service


Marius Hogrefe starts the guarding company Kjøbenhavn Frederiksberg Nattevagt in Denmark