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Electrician with 15 years experience in all types of electrical work. Three key words - Affordable - Reliable and Professional.

Trades serviced: Access Control / Door Entry, Aerial & satellite dish installation, Burglar, security & intruder alarm installation, CCTV installation, Digital Home Network

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Reviewed by Caroline on 22/2/2018

Very pleased! Will definitely use again.

Your local electrician for Slough, Windsor, Reading and west London area. If you are in need of an electrician for breakdown and electrical emergency services with no call out fee, you needn't look further than me...Jas Dhillon

Trades serviced: Access Control / Door Entry, Aerial & satellite dish installation, Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens, Burglar, security & intruder alarm installation

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Reviewed by George on 22/2/2018

Jas and his team did an excellent job in what turned out to be an electrical wiring nightmare. They maintained their professionalism throughout, and were cordial and hardworking. Highly recommended, and will use again.

North West Gas and Electrical engineers have been working in the electrical repairs and installation sector for over 20 years. Based in the North West we provide a professional, reliable and friendly service throughout Merseyside and the Cheshire regions.

Trades serviced: Access Control / Door Entry, Air Conditioning / Refrigeration, Burglar, security & intruder alarm installation, Electric underfloor heating, Electrical installation / Testing

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Reviewed by Jackie on 22/2/2018

Very punctual & fixed problem with no hassle. Would recommend.

We are two fully qualified Carpenters with advanced craft qualifications. We specialise in high quality workmanship in the carpentry and building sectors.

Trades serviced: Access Control / Door Entry, Aerial & satellite dish installation, Air Conditioning / Refrigeration, Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation

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Reviewed by Annie on 22/2/2018

Unprofessional and unreliable. Didn't show up for the job I booked with them. No apology or phone call.

Cornwall based electrician, networking, CCTV and freeview engineer with 8 years experience in all aspects of installations no job too small!

Trades serviced: Aerial & satellite dish installation, CCTV installation, Digital Home Network, Electric underfloor heating, Electrical installation / Testing

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Reviewed by Mark on 22/2/2018

After missing the original appointment Mark turned up on time for the second. He was very friendly and has hopefully fixed our RCD tripping issue. He is also returning to fix a part we need as he didn't have one on his van. Thank you Mark.

Dear customers, I would like to take this opportunity to briefly introduce our company GF Building and Refurbishment Contractor Ltd is an insured company and is engaged in a wide range of services in the construction field.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Bespoke furniture

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Reviewed by Jackson on 22/2/2018

The work was fine for a couple months, but I ended having to reseal the entire shower because the caulking separated in several places and leaked. Inspecting the work, it's obvious that there wasn't sufficient caulking / contact in the first place. The drywall was damaged again, which is another to-do item for me now.

I AM A LOCKSMITH OFFERING EMERGENCY LOCK OPANING AND LOCK FITTING / REPLACE IN THE NORTH WEST I AIM TO BE PRICED COMPETITIVELY AND HONIST WITH SECURITY NEEDS I OFFER A RANGE OF SKILLS WITCH I CAN HELP WITH AND HONERD TO HAVE YOUR BUSINESSES NCFE 4

Trades serviced: Access Control / Door Entry, Burglar Repairs, CCTV installation, Door Opening, Door Replacement

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Reviewed by David on 22/2/2018

Was 3 hours late, before the lock was working, albeit not working perfectly, after he left, the lock wouldn't work at all, this meant I could not leave my flat as it wouldn't lock. Said he would come again to fix the lock that he broke, never turned up, contacted him again twice, said he was coming, but never turned up. Took full payment but never came to fix the lock that he broke. So I actually up paid him to make things worse. Ended up having to pay another real locksmith to come and fix his mess.

We Are A Friendly, Reliable & Local Electrical Business Who Takes Pride In The Work We Do. All Electrical Work Undertaken No Matter The Size.

Trades serviced: Access Control / Door Entry, Aerial & satellite dish installation, Air Conditioning / Refrigeration, Burglar Repairs, Burglar, security & intruder alarm installation

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Reviewed by Jeannie on 22/2/2018

Yes he did a great!job at a reasonable price

Costa & Robert Ltd provides specialist for complete building solutions: house extension/loft conversion/replacement windows/doors/shops front/home improvements/tanking slurry solutions/Helical stainless steel reinforcing bar for masonry repair and new construction/garage conversion/porch/canopy/conservatory /garden shed/wooden decking/parquet/painted house/water leak/Brick & Stone Cleaning/ 21 years experience building site/all team have CSCS card/NVQ Level 2/NVQ Level 3 supervision/Level 6 NVQ/SMSTS/Quality Management.

Trades serviced: Access Control / Door Entry, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens

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Reviewed by James on 22/2/2018

Costa and his team came to quote and instantly I new they new their stuff. Quote was higher than expected at £1000 to install a glass roof in one day, however when I later found out that the sealent they needed was over half of the quoted price and labour of three people was needed it was very fair. Complex job installing very heavy glazzing units into a bespoke cieling at over 2.5m from ground and into a bespoke corner window. Job went well without any issues and looks fantastic. Highly recomend...

Professional reliable building and repairs.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Brick & Stone Cleaning, Burglar Repairs

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Reviewed by Robert on 22/2/2018

Very good quality finish on my small plastering job. Clean and tidy, I would be happy to use again or to recommend.

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Security systems / Alarms - what you need to know

Broadly speaking, security specialists carry out assessments and design security systems and processes for use at home and in the workplace. They cover a lot of areas, like information security (making sure data’s secure online) and physical security (where you can hire bodyguards to protect a building, person or object). When it comes to home security, a security specialist is someone who carries out work in your home to make your property more secure. A lot of the work they do involves fitting burglar alarms or fire alarms. They can also install CCTV so that any suspicious activity is captured on film.

What a security specialist can help with

  • Installing alarm systems - burglar or fire alarms.
  • Installing CCTV.
  • Fitting a garage door (often involving a roller shutter).
  • Fitting a new lock on a door.
  • Fitting security fences/gates/bollards.
  • Fitting security grilles to windows or doors.
  • Increasing door security by adding extras like deadlocks, a reinforced door frame, peep hole, door bolt or a security chain.
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Aside from alarms, they can work on your external doors to give you more protection against would-be thieves. If a front door doesn’t look secure, it’s going to be less of a deterrent. Reinforcing the door frame will make it less appealing and fitting new locks, plus adding things like deadlocks, a door bolt or a security chain can boost your security by putting further obstructions in the way. It stops becoming as simple as just getting past a locked door.

If you’re worried about people gaining entry to your home or the home of a vulnerable relative, a security specialist can add a peep hole so you can see who’s standing outside your front door before you choose to open it. This can not only help with thieves talking their way into a home, but also help you avoid all sorts of unwanted callers.

Burglars want an easy time of it. If they can see that it isn’t going to be quick to get into a home and there’s a high risk of drawing attention to themselves, they’ll be discouraged from trying. Placing grilles on your windows or doors is one way to send this message and if you have a larger property, a security specialist can erect a fence around your home to stop thieves getting anywhere near your front door.

Costs for common home security jobs

We surveyed our tradespeople to give you an idea of the amount you can expect to pay for common security jobs. The costs below are an approximate national average.

Some typical jobs Low High
Replacing or installing locks £30 £50
Fitting a security chain £20 £40
Fitting a door bolt £20 £40
Installing deadlocks £20 £60
Reinforcing a door frame £40 £80
Fitting a peep hole £20 £40

Types of burglar alarms

Bell-only alarms – these are alarms that go off when they detect a break-in. An external alarm will go off outside the building for a set time, while an internal alarm will go off and stay on until the alarm system’s turned off. You’ll often find that a flashing light will be turned on outside and stay on until the system’s turned off even if the external alarm is deactivated.

Monitored/speech dialler alarms – a speech dialler system contacts you or a nominated individual when the alarm goes off. You can also take out a monitoring contract with a security company where you pay them monthly or annually to respond to the alarm being triggered. They would normally call you, ask for a password and check that everything’s okay. If you or your nominated individual doesn’t take the call or give the right password, they can call the police.

Insurance for security work

There is no legal obligation for security specialists to be insured but it’s recommended that a security specialist purchases public liability insurance so they’re covered in the case of an injury or accidental damage to a property.

Questions you should ask a security specialist

  • How long have they been trading?
  • Do they have public liability insurance and what does this cover?
  • What kind of jobs do they tend to do the most? Can they give you references for previous work?
  • Will it be themselves carrying out the work? If not, what experience does the person have and are they covered by insurance?
  • Do they have a separate servicing team to deal with any problems as well as an installation team?
  • Do they offer 24-hour phone support?
  • Can they tell you about the latest security technology?
  • How long does the warranty for the work last?

See the latest questions that homeowners have been asking security specialists.

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