Securitas AB
Company typePublic (Aktiebolag)
Nasdaq StockholmSECU B
Founded1934; 90 years ago (1934)
HeadquartersStockholm, Sweden
Area served
Key people
Jan Svensson (Chairman)
Magnus Ahlqvist (President & CEO)
ServicesSecurity services (security guarding and mobile patrolling), monitoring, consulting and investigation
RevenueDecrease 107.954 billion kr (2020)[2]
Decrease 3.829 billion kr (2020)[2]
Decrease 2.416 billion kr (2020)[2]
Total assetsDecrease 59.127 billion kr (2020)[2]
Total equityDecrease 17.707 billion kr (2020)[2]
OwnerGustaf Douglas, companies and family (10.9%; 29.6% votes)[3]
Melker Schörling, company and family (5.4%; 11.6% votes)[3]
Number of employees
Decrease 355,000 (2020)[2]
SubsidiariesPinkerton (detective agency), Protectas SA, Paragon Systems, Cobelguard NV, Staysafe, Allcoopers Limited, Central de Alarmas Adler, Zvonimir Security, Protectas AG
Securitas office in Canada

Securitas AB is a security services (security guarding and mobile patrolling), monitoring, consulting and investigation group based in Stockholm, Sweden.[3] The group has over 300,000 employees in 53 countries worldwide.[3] Securitas AB is listed at Nasdaq OMX Stockholm, Large Cap segment.

Securitas AB owns and operates the Swiss security company Protectas AG in Switzerland,[4] where there is a pre-existing, separate security company called Securitas AG, part of the Swiss Securitas Group.

Securitas AB is also the parent company of Pinkerton, a historically significant American detective agency.


Securitas AB was founded in 1934 in Helsingborg, Sweden, as AB Hälsingborgs Nattvakt, when Erik Philip-Sörensen bought a small guarding company. In 1935, the name was changed to Förenade Svenska Vakt AB. The company expanded through acquisitions of several small security companies, initially in southern Sweden.[5]

In 1949, AB Securitas Alarm was founded as the company's security technology subsidiary, and during the following decade, the company started expanding internationally.[5]

In 1972, the group was rebranded as Securitas, the Roman goddess of security and stability,[6] with a logotype consisting of three red dots and the word "Securitas." The dots are described as representing the group's core values of "Integrity, Vigilance and Helpfulness."[7][8]

In 1976, Erik Philip-Sörensen sold the Securitas group to his sons Jörgen Philip-Sörensen and Sven Philip-Sörensen,[5] and in 1981, the group was divided between the sons, with the international operations developing into Group 4 and the Swedish operations retaining the Securitas brand.[9]

In 1983, Securitas was sold to the holding company Skrinet, and in 1985, it was acquired by Investment AB Latour, controlled by Gustaf Douglas. Under the new ownership, the group focused on security, and in 1989, an international expansion began, with acquisitions in Norway, Denmark and Portugal, and establishment in Hungary.[9][10]

In 1991, Securitas was listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. In 1994, the group distributed ASSA AB (acquired in 1988) to its shareholders. Throughout the 1990s, foreign acquisitions were made in eleven European countries and in the United States.[10]

In February 1999, Securitas acquired Pinkerton[11] and in August 2000, Burns Security[12] and several regional security companies in the United States. These acquisitions made Securitas one of the largest security companies in the world. In 2001, a new organization took effect, with five business areas according to the types of services offered, and Loomis Fargo & Company was acquired.[10][13]

In 2003, the group's security services in the United States were integrated under the Securitas brand, and the group's cash handling services were completely divisionalized, with joint management for United States and European operations.[14]

In 2006, Marie Ehrling was elected Chairman of the Securitas board of directors.[7][15]

Also in 2006, the divisions Securitas Systems (alarm, monitoring, and access control systems) and Securitas Direct (solutions for homes and small businesses) were distributed to the group's shareholders and listed at the Stockholm Stock Exchange. In the same year, the divisions Mobile (small and medium-sized customers) and Alert Services (electronic surveillance of homes and businesses) were created (as of 2007, constituting the business segment Mobile and Monitoring).[13][16][17] Securitas Direct was later renamed to Verisure in all countries except Spain and Portugal.[18]

In November 2007, the United Kingdom cash handling services of the division Loomis were sold to Vaultex Ltd., owned by HSBC and Barclays.[17] Securitas began operating in Peru in November 2007.[19] In 2008, the division Loomis (cash handling) was distributed to the group's shareholders and listed at Nasdaq OMX Stockholm.[20]

In September 2010, Securitas acquired the security-services operations of Reliance Security Group in the United Kingdom.[21][22] In November 2011, Securitas acquired Chubb Security Personnel in the United Kingdom.[23]

As of 2012, Securitas was present in 53 countries and territories.[24]

In 2013, Securitas acquired Pinkerton Government Services, which provides cleared security services to governmental agencies and programs that require a Department of Defense or Department of Energy security clearance. This government services division of Securitas became known as Securitas Critical Infrastructure Services. This division operates both in the United States and worldwide when cleared services are needed overseas.

In October 2015, Securitas acquired Diebold Incorporated's (NYSE-DBD) Electronic Security business in North America. Diebold's North American Electronic Security business, based in Green, Ohio, United States, is the third largest commercial electronic security provider in North America. Diebold's North American Electronic Security business has approximately 1,100 employees. The operation includes more than 55,000 monitored customer locations and 200,000 sites serviced.[25]

In March 2022, Securitas partnered with Citizen to trial a version of Citizen's on-demand private security service in Chicago.[26]

On July 22, 2022, Securitas purchased Stanley Security Solutions, which included Stanley Healthcare, from the American company Stanley Black & Decker. The brands were renamed Securitas Technology and Securitas Healthcare, respectively. The initial agreement was signed on December 8, 2021[27][28]


Murder of Cassie Heppner

In February 2020, American Securitas officer Robert Pavao murdered Timberland employee Cassie Heppner at Timberland's corporate headquarters in Stratham, New Hampshire, where Pavao was contracted to.[29]

Suspension for Harvard union protest

In January 2022, an American Securitas officer contracted to Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Walter J. Terzano, was suspended for protesting during a contentious union contract negotiation between Securitas and the Service Employees International Union. Terzano created protest signs and attempted to get other Securitas officers to protest outside the home of University President Lawrence Bacow. A complaint was made to Securitas by Harvard's director of facilities and maintenance, leading to the suspension. The National Labor Relations Board ruled that Securitas had unlawfully retaliated against Terzano.[30][31]


Securitas officers and patrol vehicle contracted to patrol Västtrafik buses and trains in Gothenburg, Sweden

Securitas is divided into three main business segments, "Security Services North America," "Security Services Europe," and "Security Services Ibero-America." Operations outside of the Americas and Europe are reported in a separate category called "Other," which also includes central expenses.[7][24]

In general, the group operates under the brand Securitas for all business segments. However, sales to consumers are made under the Verisure brand in all countries except Spain and Portugal.[18] Specialized services including due diligence, background checks, security assessments, brand protection, intellectual property protection, executive protection, investigations, cyber surveillance, computer forensics, social compliance and IT security are performed worldwide under the brand "Pinkerton."[citation needed]

These operations are reported as part of the North American business segment.[7] There are three operations centers in North America: Toronto, Ontario, Parsippany, New Jersey and Westlake Village, California. The Swiss market is an exception to the name, in that general security services are provided under the brand Protectas.[24][32][33]

On-site Guarding

Securitas' primary operations are their on-site security and guarding services. Through their on-site guarding division, Securitas provides on-site security officers in various roles. Most commonly Securitas officers are hired for standing rolls, reception, patrol, and vehicle patrol. Specialty assignments can also include fire-watch, fire extinguisher testing, access control and badging, console operations, safety auditing, alarm & emergency response, and what Securitas refers to as "customized and site-specific security tasks". Additionally, Securitas offers special event security services, primarily for concerts and sporting events.[34][35]

Mobile patrol

Securitas operates a mobile patrol division, which they refer to as "mobile guarding". Businesses wanting security but not needing full time guards can subscribe to a mobile patrol service where officers will patrol the property one to a few times a night. The subscription also includes incident response services for security concerns occurring when an officer is not currently on-site.[36][35]

Remote guarding

Remote Guarding services involve Securitas officers monitoring a customer's site from an off-site command center. If suspicious activity is noticed, Securitas can use speakers to talk to people on-site as well as notify the police or other emergency services when necessary. Mobile patrol officers are also often used to respond to incidents discovered by a remote guarding officer. Securitas also offers remote escort services that involve an off-site officer watching an employee walk to or from their vehicle.[37][35]

Securitas Technology

Securitas Technology, which includes Securitas Healthcare, primarily provides locks, fire sensors, security cameras, and similar hardware. They also provide the software used to monitor this hardware. Additionally, Securitas Technology provides computer security software to protect hardware, software, or electronic data.[38][27][28]

Risk Management & Private Investigations

Main article: Pinkerton (detective agency)

Securitas' corporate risk management and investigations services are provided by their subsidiary Pinkerton.[39]


See also


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