ABOUT 4,000 elderly security guards could be made redundant when tougher regulations come into force next June. Announcing the new laws yesterday, Security and Guarding Services Industry Authority chairman Miriam Lau Kin-yee, said the issue was one of the key questions the authority had to face when it drew up the regulations. 'In our view we have tried our best to address it by creating a category which provides for those security personnel over 65 who may carry out security work at single private residential buildings,' she said. Of the 15,000 people over 65 employed in the security industry, 4,300 work in offices and shops and will have to find new jobs in private residential buildings if they want to keep working. Those over 70 will have to produce a medical certificate showing they are fit for work. Individual workers, regardless of age, will have to pay $175 for a security personnel permit from the police. Those found to be working without a permit face a $10,000 fine and three months in jail. Security companies and contractors which install security equipment will also have to be licensed from June. Firms breaking the law could be fined up to $100,000 and senior staff jailed for up to two years. Ms Lau said the rules would tighten up standards in the industry. Wong Tong, 72, who has been employed as a watchman by Montane Mansion in King's Road, Quarry Bay, for four years, did not agree age should be considered as the main criterion for a qualified security guard. 'Some people are still very healthy in their 70s or even 80s,' said Mr Wong, who works 12 hours a day and earns $4,200 a month. But he agreed security guards should pay for permits because the amount was affordable. The doorman said he had very good health and had no problem handling his work. 'There is no difficult work here and everybody can manage it,' Mr Wong said. He had not seen any crime activity in the building so he thought people his age could cope well with the job. Security guard So Man-mong, 63, who planned to work until he reached 70, said he would make every effort to find another job in a residential building if he was forced to quit in two years' time. Mr So, who has worked in a 27-storey commercial building in Quarry Bay for the past nine years and earns $5,200 a month, said many old people were very good workers and liked to remain independent. 'It's better than asking my son for money,' he said.