Date
24 October 2017
Guardforce is dealing with another security lapse after a weapon was left at a Bank of China ATM by a guard. Photos: Apple Daily, g4s.com.hk
Guardforce is dealing with another security lapse after a weapon was left at a Bank of China ATM by a guard. Photos: Apple Daily, g4s.com.hk

Guardforce faces questions over weapon left at ATM

A Hong Kong security agency that provides cash transport for leading banks is in the headlines again after a guard left his weapon at an ATM machine.

The weapon was spotted by a resident next to a Bank of China ATM in Nam Shan Estate in Skek Kip Mei district on Sunday, according to Apple Daily.

Security services firm Guardforce (G4S) is facing questions over a potential security breach.

The resident, identified only as Stephen, said he later saw a G4S van pull over and thought someone might have been sent to collect the weapon.

He said he did not report the incident to the police but expressed concern the weapon might have been used in a crime.

A G4S spokesperson confirmed that a company official had called the Cheung Sha Wan police about the incident.

The security guard in question has been suspended and an internal investigation will be carried out, he said.

On Christmas eve, a G4S van spilled millions of dollars worth of bills into the street in Wan Chai, triggering a scramble for the money by passersby.

Some suspects have been charged with theft but part of the money is still missing.  

On January 31, a G4S security guard was seen playing with his smartphone on one hand while holding a rifle on the other as his colleagues replenished cash at a Standard Chartered Bank ATM at the Island Resort Mall in Siu Sai Wan.

Guardforce Staff General Union chairman Law Wing-kin said security guards should never leave their weapon unattended unless in a secure environment.

Even then, the gun should be within touching distance, he said.

In the latest incident, the guard might have simply forgotten about the weapon, Law said.

Under the arms and ammunition ordinance, offenders face a maximum jail term of 10 years and revocation of license.

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