Cow Boy Security Companies – How to Avoid them?

June 1, 2018



The security industry has always suffered with cowboy firms and rogue companies taking business away from legitimate, respectful businesses by undercutting costs, yet providing clients with an unsatisfactory service.


To help avoid these cowboy firms you need to choose a reputable security installation company for your security needs. 


Watch Systems Ltd have provided some top tips to avoid the cowboy’s:


  1. Select and contact a reputable, established security company. Check their accreditations, are they NSI or SSAIB approved for Intruder Alarm installation? Are they CHAS accredited? Find out our accreditations here.

  2. Make sure they arrange a site survey of your premises to assess your security needs so that they can tailor the most ideal system suited to your requirements.

  3. You should always be offered a maintenance contract, to ensure your system is maintained and working correctly.

  4. Ask is it too good to be true? If the quotation seems too good to be true, it often is! Cow Boy security often undercut the costs, but you will then suffer on service, quality and consistency.

  5. Be wary of upfront payments – The majority of security contractors offer 30days to pay once the job has been completed and invoiced.

  6. Check who else they have worked with – have they got industry case studies? Do they have the experience in your business sector? Check out our Case Studies here.


Watch Systems Ltd provides tailored, risk based, technology driven security systems.

Our dedicated, qualified and expert engineering team combines their years of experience with their technical expertise to tailor the most ideal system suited to your requirements. From design to installation, Watch Systems Ltd are focused on 100% customer service and satisfaction. Our 24/7 call centre ensures that a member of our service team can be assigned efficiently. 24 hours a day,


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