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Trusted, Ethical Security

Our Heritage

In 1926 William F. Banham and his wife, Marie-Ann, suffered a series of burglaries at their West London shop. Unable to obtain insurance unless the shop’s door was bolted from the inside, necessity prompted William to invent the first ever automatic door bolt.

Inspired to help others, William launched his groundbreaking design to the public, with huge success, and Banham Patent Locks was born. Still a family business, we’re now the largest security provider in London and the southeast, drawing on our rich heritage to shape our future.


Our Ethos

William F. Banham had so much faith and confidence in his products that in 1936 he challenged burglars to try and break into a Banham door lock. The event attracted a huge crowd of public, Press and police; despite the burglars’ most devious strategies, all attempts to break in failed. Still inspiring confidence today, we’re proud of our quality products, innovative services and unparalleled customer care.

Family Values

The Banham family, staff and their customers are now in their fourth generation. Skills continue to be passed down from senior to junior members of staff, often from the same families, and employees that began as trainee locksmiths are now division heads. Our family values extend throughout our business, and together with our academy and apprenticeships, we continue to invest in the security experts of the future.


Nearly a Century of Experience

On September 28th 2016 Banham proudly celebrated 90 years of protecting people and property. Since our beginnings in 1926, we’ve grown into a well-established security business but have always remained a family company at heart. Watch our video to learn about the people and families that have helped make Banham a trusted company and continue to shape our success.

Banham History