Top UK security firm G4S denies responsibility for theft of cash delivery worth HK$5m at Hong Kong airport

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 21 July, 2015, 7:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 21 July, 2015, 3:33pm

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Top UK security firm G4S International Logistics has cast off blame after the loss of part of a multi-million dollar cash consignment at Hong Kong International Airport.

The company said before the loss of NZ$1 million last Friday, the entire NZ$10 million (HK$50 million) cargo was “accounted for” prior to its transfer into a restricted area at the airport.

A police probe into the theft of the cash – part of a batch of 13 bags totalling NZ$10 million being delivered to Bank of China Hong Kong – is underway following its disappearance after the consignment arrived in Hong Kong from Auckland on a Cathay Pacific flight.

Last Friday night, flight CX198 landed in Hong Kong at 10pm, with the cargo of cash on board. The money was reportedly transferred to the Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal from the plane without security personnel.

CCTV footage showed three bundles of cash falling out of the container after it went round a corner at speed. Two bundles were recovered, with one NZ$1 million bundle missing.

A spokeswoman for the airline declined to comment as a police investigation is ongoing, and a police spokeswoman had no update on the investigation.

Janet Leung, the Director Commodities (North Asia) for G4S International Logistics (G4Si), told the South China Morning Post, it is “very concerned” by the suspected loss.

“This loss occurred within the controlled airside sector of HKIA – a restricted area that we are not allowed access to,” said Leung.

“We can confirm that the missing banknotes were safe and accounted for during the entire time it was in G4Si’s possession, up until it was in the controlled airside sector.”

Leung said the security group was “confident” the police and HKIA will be “diligently on their investigation and recovery efforts,” and the company will provide support on the investigation.

“G4Si is working hard to understand the chain of events that led to this loss,” she said.

Since the police investigation is active “it would be premature to draw any such conclusions,” Leung said, responding to whether G4Si put the fault of the incident at Cathay Pacific’s door.

However, the client will not be left out of pocket. G4Si said the missing cash is insured.

In past months, a G4S Hong Kong security van spilled HK$15.23 million onto a busy highway, sparking drivers and pedestrians to run into the road in a grab for cash.

The Hong Kong-arm of the security firm has also blundered after one member of staff left a loaded Remington shotgun at an ATM, while another van was involved in a bizarre road accident, leaving the stricken vehicle sitting on top of a BMW.