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The Security and Guarding Services Ordinance

The Security and Guarding Services Ordinance (referred to as 'the Ordinance' hereafter) has been enacted to provide for a licensing scheme to regulate the security industry. It aims to promote and encourage higher standards in the industry, thereby aiding the fight against crime.

No individual shall do, agree to do, or hold himself out as doing or as available to do, security work for another person for reward without a valid permit. The offender is liable on conviction to a fine of $10,000 and to imprisonment for three months.

Definitions of 'Security Work'

"security work" means any of the following activities--

 (a) guarding any property;

 (b) guarding any person or place for the purpose of preventing or detecting the occurrence of any offence;

 (c) installing, maintaining or repairing a security device;

 (d) designing for any particular premises or place a system incorporating a security device.

 
"security device" means a device designed or adapted to be installed in any premises or place, except on or in a vehicle, for the purpose of detecting or recording--

 (a) the occurrence of any offence; or

 (b) the presence of an intruder or of an object that persons are, for reasons of security, not permitted to bring onto the premises or place or any other premises or place.

Categories of Security Work

For the purpose of issuing permits, security work is categorised as follows:

 (A) Guarding work restricted to a "single private residential building", the performance of which does not require the carrying of arms and ammunition;

 (B) Guarding work in respect of any persons, premises or properties, the performance of which does not require the carrying of arms and ammunition and which does not fall within Category A;

 (C)  Guarding work, the performance of which requires the carrying of arms and ammunition; and

 (D) Installation, maintenance and/or repairing of a security device and/or designing (for any particular premises or place) a system incorporating a security device.

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