Afternoon all. First time caller, long time listener. I want to put an iron security gate on my front door. Does anyone know of a firm that can help me? I live on Tabards but the housing office don't encourage them because they are considered a risk in the event of a fire.
There's a locksmith in Great Suffolk St. that may be able to give you a qoute.They are in the section between Southwark Bridge Rd and Borough High St., in the parade of shops on the right going in the direction of the High St. I used them about 2 years ago but my pea brain cannot recall their name - but they are still there!
I took some specialist security advice when a flat I rent out had its door kicked in. (My dad used to be CID Commander in this area, so has contacts.)
I ended up with a really strong hardwood door, a French multi bold system manufactured by someone called Fichet on the lock side (you turn the key and the door is bolted at top bottom and three times in the middle into an integral steer door frame), and what I think is called a London bar on the hinge side which is essentially some metal to strengthen the original frame to prevent the door being jemmied from that side.
From the outside it looks like an ordinary door, and so does not advertise the fact that the resident is worried. But anyone trying to kick it in would end up with a pretty sore foot, and hopefully would go elsewhere.
I don't recall it being extortionate (in the context of preventing a nervous tenant from leaving) and it has impressed prospective tenants.