Securita's skeleton in the cupboard exposed - Company branch in Montenegro reveals dirty business
Thursday, 26 September 2013
The Swedish business magazine, business week, or Veckans Affärer is
reporting on something that could tend to be disastrous to Swedish
security company, Securitas.
The tale goes that, three years ago, Swedish security giant, Securitas
bought a company known as Guardian Security. The magazine says
information suggest that one of the company's managers in Montenegro
used his position to pursue illegal side activities that can lead to
many years of imprisonment.
Shortly after the Stockholm Stock Exchange closed on Tuesday 10 August
2010 Securitas sent out a press release in which they briefly explained
that Securitas has acquired 75 percent of the shares in the security
company, Guardian Security in Montenegro, the magazine writes.
Swedish security giant, Securitas bought a company known as Guardian Security / Granscole
Further, it said in the press release that the company has about 600
employees, mostly security guards. The majority of its sales, which
amounts to about Skr40 million, comes from the surveillance activities
and the company has a stable contract portfolio of customers in the
mining, construction and financial services sectors.
The press release rounded up by noting that through the acquisition,
Securitas will become the market leader in Montenegro. There was no
introduction of the people who founded and operates Guardian Security
and no names were given.
Then came silence from Securitas - no more information was provided
about the purchase, not even in the company's annual report from 2010.
Now the Swedish business magazine, Veckans Affärer (VA) has examined
the activities of the company in Montenegro and found incriminating
A series of independent whistleblowers claim according to the magazine
that Securitas chief executive in Montenegro, Darko Perovic, is
conducting an active, illegal side business that can bring big fines
and land him up to eight years in prison.
In 2003 Darko Perovic went on a business trip to Colombia. On the
trip was one in Montenegro notorious gangster - Vinetu Strugar, a
high-ranking police source in Montenegro told the Magazine, it claims.
Vinetu Strugar's henchmen are professional criminals in the Balkans,
and the engage in when liabilities are being recovered or swept out of
the way. Several people who speak with VA warns that the affiliation
with Vinetu Strugar, is portrayed as dangerous and will stop at nothing.
After the Colombia trip, when Darko Perovic returns to his hometown of
Niksic, he opens a bar. Additionally, he decides to join his cousin
Goran who works at a prison, to start watchdog and security Guardian
And now it all falls into place very quickly. Guardian Security in a
short time obtained all the necessary permits required to conduct its
business. Alongside the mission to process voters to vote for the
ruling party DPS and the reward for that work came Guardian Security
got a large, profitable commission, the report holds.
"We have appointed an independent inquiry" Securitas takes very
seriously Publisher information. Now the company has appointed an
independent commission to review whether crimes have been committed.
Securitas is said to have been aware of the information presented in
the Managzine, for it is public knowledge that Securitas country
manager in Montenegro, Darko Perovic , has an active involvement with
criminals, and that he is engaged in secondary activities, alongside
his role at Securitas, such as illegal usury - crimes that can provide
up to eight years in prison.
Securitas CEO Alf Göransson and Darko Perovic have been called to
comment on the allegation but according to VA, none of them want
to be interviewed, but the company's communications director, Gisela
Lindstrand leave a written comment ----"Securitas takes very
seriously the allegations presented by VA and has appointed an
independent commission to investigate the allegation, which is new to
us," she writes.
The statement continues that Securitas will call in the police if it
turns out that any form of criminal action was involved with their
manager in Montenegro.
"The extensive investigation Securitas conducted before the acquisition
of Guardian Security company revealed no evidence of the kind now being
"Following the acquisition in 2010, Securitas in Montenegro worked to
implement Group policies, procedures and frameworks, our processes and
procedures of internal control and risk management and the Group's code
of ethics and whistle-blower system. Our experience is that it requires
special care and knowledge to transform business culture and routines
of acquired companies in this region, and we devote a lot of time and
effort to implement Securitas regulations and monitor compliance."
by Scancomark.com Team
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