Banham locks are worth the money. Their locksmiths are highly professional and courteous, and the locks really look the part. Case in point:
Someone broke into our block of flats though the flimsy communal door. The door to our flat (with a Banham lock) was right next to our neighbour's door (with a non-Banham lock). The burglar chose to kick our neighbour's door down and leave our flat untouched. They stole his CDs, alcohol, and his socks.
Banhams are well known in London as the manufacturers of high security locks and alarms. Their mortice deadlocks are found on many a London apartment door.
They're expensive, but you're paying for the service: they take security seriously. They take details (address, name) of every property to which they fit a lock, and will only provide spare or extra keys if you can provide evidence that you are the legal owner.
I've also bought window locks there (they have a good range of general door and window fittings) and sought advice on security from them.
Service in the shop can be a bit haphazard when they are busy (I had to wait quite a long time while they dealt with other customers), although when they get around to you it is always personal and helpful.
I swear by these guys & on my last 2 house moves have got them in within 24 hours of moving in. They are pricey, but their service is excellent, in both installation & servicing. I have both locks & alarms by Banham and feel confident (as much as you can be) that my house is safe. I also think the Banham logo is a great deterrent as everyone knows its a mark of quality. They're also really thorough on keyholders, linking up with the police & producing extra keys. Plus they provide tailored advice on securing your property.
The shop itself is a bit of an oddity - looks like something out of the 70s - and hides the somewhat pricey nature of the business. Its always busy and you have to wait, but its definitely worth it.
The actual equipment is extremely high quality for both alarms and locks. Definitely some of the best around and a superb deterrent.
The service, and gaps between sales and fitting teams are utterly attrocious. Salesmen saying one thing, fitters turning up and only then saying they need decorators in first, decorators turning up, fitters back, then fitters saying they need BT in... who knows where it ends.
So all in all pricey, well put together but customer service rather like something out of fawlty towers...
Still I'd advise using their equipment, but just expect somewhat third world service !
Totally unreliable service I'm afraid. Nothing but palming off and running me round in circles in terms of delivery and supply. Hate to think what they're for fitting.
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Quality company, we called out a locksmith from Banham, it was 3 o'clock in the morning and freezing cold, having been on a night out my housemate lost our keys and we were only in t shirts. An employee from Banham turned up promptly, and even let us wait in the van whilst he worked so we could get warm. Would recommend to anyone!
I decided to splash out on a Banham lock after moving to a basement flat. I knew the lock was expensive £140 plus vat (approx 161), but then Banham charge very little on top for the actual fitting. All in all I paid £210 including 2 extra keys at £14 each. The fitting took just under 2 hours the locksmith was extremely helpful and readjusted my door's deadbolts for free, then checked the backdoor and gave advice. Excellent service. When I got a quote for an ordinary Yale lock plus fitting it was about £180, but then we are talking London prices! Very happy I went for Banham.
Banham Security specialises in all types property security such as:
Access Control & Entry Systems
Banham Door Locks & Window Locks
Fire Prevention & Detection
Security Gates, Grilles & Shutters
Additional Services available include:
Alarm System Monitoring
Locksmith Services - Lockouts, lock fitting, repairs & replacements
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Established in 1926.
Banham Patent Locks Ltd. was founded when William F. Banham invented the first Banham lock, an automatic door bolt, in 1926 which, paved the way in the production of high quality locks.
Since then, the company has expanded vastly and formed The Banham Group of companies which is still owned and run by the Banham family to this day.
Banham Security now covers all aspects of domestic, commercial and public sector property security, from door locks to burglar alarms to acess control and entry systems.
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