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Important events in our history

Securitas current strategy relies on almost 90 years of experience of leading the transformation of the security industry by putting our clients at the heart of our business. Follow the important events in our journey in becoming the world’s leading intelligent security services provider - from the early years up until today in our timeline.

1934

Erik Philip Sörensen acquires Hälsingborgs Nattvakt in Helsingborg, Sweden.

Sörensen acquires additional security companies in Southern Sweden and combines all companies together to form Förenade Svenska Vakt AB.

1949

Sörensen founds Securitas Alarm to complement guarding services.

1958

Sörensen establishes the three values: Integrity, Vigilance, and Helpfulness, which carry on today in the three red dots of the company's logo.

1972

All companies owned by Sörensen are gathered under the collective Securitas name.

The three red dots logotype quickly becomes a well-known symbol both in Sweden and internationally.

1981

Securitas is divided between Sörensen's two sons.

The international operations develop into Group 4 Securicor, while the Swedish operations continue as Securitas.

1983

Securitas in Sweden is sold to Skrinet.

1985

Skrinet sells Securitas to Investment AB Latour.

The business refocuses on security. A new strategy is outlined, and the multi-service concept is abandoned.

1988

Securitas acquires Swedish lock company ASSA.

1989-1991

Securitas initiates its international expansion under Melker Schörling's leadership and acquires companies in Norway, Denmark, and Portugal.

Operations are established in Hungary.

Securitas is listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange.

1992-1993

In 1992 Securitas acquires Protectas with operations in France, Switzerland, Austria, and Germany.

Securitas acquires Esabe in Spain.

Thomas Berglund becomes President and CEO for Securitas AB in 1993.

1994-1996

Securitas acquires Finnish Abloy which is merged with the lock company ASSA.

ASSA ABLOY is distributed to shareholders and becomes a world leading Lock Group.

1997

Securitas Direct is established as an international division.

The Cash Handling Services operation is established as a separate unit within Securitas.

1998

Proteg is acquired in France.

Raab-Karcher is acquired in Germany.

1999-2000

Securitas arrives in the US in 1999 by acquiring Pinkerton – the number one security company in the U.S.

In 2000, Securitas acquires Burns, the second largest US security company.

Several regional companies are acquired in the US.

Securitas becomes the largest player in the US market with a 20 percent market share.

2001

Securitas is organized in five specialized divisions for greater business focus.

Securitas acquires Loomis, Fargo & Co. and becomes a major player in the U.S. cash handling market.

2002-2003

Multiple acquisitions are made in the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, and the US to further strengthen market position.

2004 The Security Systems division acquires Bell Group plc. in the UK and Eurotelis in France to become a market leader for banks and other high security clients.

Valiance is acquired in France, considerably strengthening the market position of the Cash Handling Services division.

2005

Security Services USA reports positive organic growth and a stable margin development.

US guarding operations undergo extensive structural work resulting in a clearer organization, a single brand, and more efficient methodologies.

Security Services Europe introduces a new client-segmented organization to place greater focus on service development and new client segments.

Changes in the European airport security business temporarily place pressure on the division’s margins.

Securitas Systems reports strong development in US operations and completes two acquisitions in the US.

Securitas Direct begins an expansion in France and Benelux.

2006

Securitas Systems and Securitas Direct are distributed to shareholders on September 29, 2006. They are listed as separate companies on the Stockholm Stock Exchange.

The Board of Securitas AB proposes to transform three of its divisions into independent, specialized security companies: Loomis Cash Handling Services AB, Securitas Direct AB, and Securitas Systems AB.

An Extraordinary General Meeting on September 25, 2006, decides to distribute Securitas Systems and Securitas Direct to shareholders by way of a tax-free dividend. Both are listed on the O-list of the Stockholm Stock Exchange on September 29, 2006. Plans are made to distribute and list Loomis in the second half of 2007.

2007

Securitas is organized into Security Services North America (USA, Canada, Mexico and Pinkerton Consulting & Investigations), Security Services Europe, and Mobile and Alert Services.

Plans are set for Loomis to go public in late 2008.

In March Alf Göransson becomes President and CEO for Securitas AB.

Securitas’ strategy for the future is launched in August, with three key elements: a higher degree of specialization in service offering driven by more client segmentation; expansion of the Mobile and Monitoring operations; and an increased global presence.

2008

Loomis is distributed to shareholders on December 3, 2008. It is listed as a separate company on the Stockholm Stock Exchange.

2009

Securitas completes 15 acquisitions.

2010

Securitas completes 15 major acquisitions.

Securitas adds five new countries to its overall global presence.

With the acquisition of Paragon in the US a platform to expand in the MUSD 3 500 government market is provided.

With the acquisition of Reliance in the UK, Securitas becomes the second largest security company in the U.K.

2011

In 2011 Securitas made 19 major acquisitions.

Securitas acquires a major security operation in the United Kingdom, making us the second largest player in the British market with a market share of nearly 20 percent.

Securitas strengthens their position in the US government security services market, and invests in technical competences.

Securitas completes several important acquisitions in Latin America.

2016

Securitas completes four major acquisitions in Europe,
North America and Latin America:

  • Diebold's Electronic Security, North America (electronic security
    solutions)
  • Infratek Security Solutions, Norway (electronic
    security solutions)
  • Draht+Shutz, Germany (electronic security
    solutions
  • JC Ingeniería, Chile (electronic security systems)

2017

From 2017, a large part of the information from client sites is reported
in a digital format. This gives Securitas a unique opportunity to gather all
possible data – from incident reports, camera feeds, sensors and access
control – and to combine it with data from external sources, such as crime statistics and police reports.

The database lays the foundation for predictive security. Advanced
analytics creates the possibility to monitor ongoing threats,
draw conclusions about future events and make real-time adjustments of actions and security levels, depending on the changing needs of clients.

2018

Securitas reaches sales of more than 100 MSEK.

Securitas completes three major acquisitions:

  • Alphatron Security Systems in the Netherlands
  • Automatic Alarm in France
  • Kratos Public Safety and Security in the US

2019

A strategic transformation ambition was set – to double our security
solutions and electronic security sales by 2023, compared with 2018.

Major acquisitions included:

  • • Global Elite Group, a security services provider to the aviation
    industry in the US
  • The electronic security company Allcooper Group in the UK
  • Staysafe, an alarm monitoring company in Australia

2020

Our transformation programs will help us become the security industry’s leader in intelligent services. The IS/IT program will create a modernized infrastructure foundation, and other business transformation programs will support our strategic growth and refine our processes.

Major acquisitions included:

  • Techco Security in Spain
  • Stanley Security’s electronic security businesses in Germany, India, Portugal, Singapore and Switzerland
  • FE Moran Security Solutions in the US

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