Posted on December 14th, 2020 | 0 Comments
There’s a few important variables to improving the security at your Chicago commercial property that remain distinct from the steps to protect homes. In this informative blog post, the commercial security and lock hardware experts here at Chicago Locksmiths will detail some fantastic workplace security steps to help bolster the security at your Illinois office property.
Conduct Background Checks
Make sure to conduct background checks on all potential employees. Don't hire anybody who has a criminal history, especially a history of theft. This way, you can reduce the chances of getting taken advantage of by your own employees. Most criminals looking to target a workplace try to avoid getting hired at locations that conduct criminal background checks.
High Security Lock Installation Chicago
Make sure to contact a licensed locksmith service to have high security deadbolt locks installed at your property. Make sure these locks are made of hardened steel, and have built in protection against attacks from kicking, bolt cutters, drilling, hammers, lock picking, and lock bumping consult a professional locksmith team, like those here at Chicago Locksmiths to learn your options.
Safe Installation Chicago
Make sure to purchase a sturdy and high quality safe for your business. Then make sure to mount the safe on the wall, or securely bolt it into the ground. Items kept in safes should include hard cash, sensitive documents, electronics, records, or other assets. This may include electronics and receipts, as well as more traditional material assets.
Always Get Broken Doors, Locks, and Windows Repaired ASAP
If your doors, locks, or windows are broken, or experiencing any type of malfunction, make sure to get them repaired as soon as possible. This way you can guarantee that the security offered by these physical barriers to your workplace stays consistent. The more time that you wait to repair windows, locks, or doors, the higher the chances of your property being compromised.
If there’s any employee turnover at your Chicago commercial location, make sure to rekey your locks. It's not always easy to get keys back from employees that have left or have been terminated - and even if you do, you don’t know whether they have already made their own copy. It's much safer and more secure of a practice to periodically rekey the locks on your doors - the experts at Chicago Locksmiths can do so affordably, and with no need to change the physical layout of your locks.
Posted on December 14th, 2020 | 0 Comments
There are many scenarios - both common and rare - in which contacting a licensed locksmith is absolutely essential to ensuring the safety and security of your Chicago residential or commercial property. In this blog post, the best emergency locksmith service experts in Illinois will detail the key scenarios in which it’s absolutely essential to contact your trustworthy local locksmith provider.
Lost, Broken, or Stolen Key Replacement
If your keys have been lost or misplaced - or if they have broken off inside or outside of a lock, or are otherwise not operating the lock, it's imperative that you contact a professional locksmith team. Keys regularly break due to typical wear and tear, and everyone knows how easy it is to lose or misplace a tiny key. The Chicago lock rekeying experts here at Chicago Locksmiths are experts at rekeying all sorts of locks, or replacing keys from code from scratch, with zero need to replace your existing lock mechanism.
Lockout Service Chicago
If you’ve been locked or bolted outside of your home or business, contact the professional emergency lockout service team here at Chicago Locksmiths for rapid, convenient, affordable, and easy service. Our technicians will arrive directly at location to provide you with the rapid lockout service you deserve, instantly restoring you access to your property.
Moving to a Brand New Apartment or Home
It's a good idea to get your locks rekeyed - or if necessary, upgraded to high security models - when you move into a new apartment or house. You don’t know if your existing keys are floating around somewhere, and you need to make sure that your apartment is truly secure.
Forgotten Lock Passwords
In the case of smart locks, if you’ve forgotten the password to your electronic locks, a professional locksmith team can help reprogram your electronic locks to help you restore your access to your property. This is a slightly different process than mechanical lock rekeying, but is considered a form of rekeying nonetheless.
Posted on November 14th, 2020 | 0 Comments
The holiday season is different this strange year of 2020, with the pandemic lockdowns affecting all areas of daily life and business life. However, one business essential hasn’t changed - commercial security. In this blog entry the business security experts here at Chicago Locksmiths will detail some essential tips for commercial security during the 2020 holiday season.
We recommend updating your doors to automated opening contactless entrance so that people won’t have to touch the doors with their own hands.
Security and Germ-Free Safety Synergy
We recommend utilizing smart-entry systems like Kisi or PDK IO to help integrate germ-free hands-free entrance with security features that allow doors to be unlocked with smartphone devices, fobs, or cards.
CCTV / Security Cameras
Make sure to install CCTV security cameras that provide clarity of footage, remote security alerts, motion detection, sound triggers, and customizable features. CCTV cameras are ideal for reducing theft at point of sale locations as well as a way to keep track of activities after hours.
Biometric Access Control
You can actually combine the security benefits of biometric access control systems with germ safety. You can program biometric access control systems to also utilize temperature checks and detect whether personnel are wearing masks.
Of course, this element remains the most priceless and important focus for any commercial property. Ensure that your doors are outfit with high quality, high security deadbolts, and that your doors are outfit with safety bars and door alarms.
Posted on November 14th, 2020 | 0 Comments
Apartment buildings have a different set of security concerns than are commonly found for single-standing residential homes. In this blog entry, the residential security experts here at Chicago Locksmiths will detail some fantastic security tips for apartment buildings.
Rekey your Locks
If you’re an apartment building manager, it’s guaranteed that eventually tour tenants will require key copies. Brand new tenants will also require rekeying service. Regardless of whether keys are lost or new key copies need to be made, it’s essential that you can get high quality professional rekeying service from a locksmith.
Door Repair and Installation Service
All apartment buildings have entrances and exits - and these doors need to be fully operational for both practical reasons and security / safety reasons. Regardless of whether a door needs hinge repair, or your doors are out of order and need to be upgraded with better working models, you can count on the team here at Chicago Locksmiths.
Access Control for Security
The team here at Chicago Locksmiths can provide custom tailored access control service to help match the unique security profile of your apartment buildings. We install access control systems that work with key fobs, electronic cards, digital codes - and even biometric scanning like fingerprints! This is a fantastic way of ensuring that areas of your property are truly secure.
Posted on October 2nd, 2020 | 0 Comments
Car locks behave and are constructed differently than door locks, and issues with automotive locks require different skill set and talent to remedy. In this blog post, the automotive locksmith experts here at Chicago Locksmiths will detail some of the top automotive lock issues that we see out in the field, and some of the common solutions that we utilize to fix them.Troubleshooting Transponder Car Key Locks
- The battery in your key fob might be fully drained or dead. This is probably the most common reason that your car door lock doesn’t work. Try replacing the battery in your key fob and see if the problem becomes fixed.
- The key fob device itself might be the main problem. Contact a trusted automotive locksmith and have them connect the key fob to a computer to verify that it’s programming is still proper. Fixing the programming might fix the issue, but if it doesn’t, the key fob itself might need to be replaced.
- If a single door won’t lock or unlock, but others do, the problem is probably due to a blown fuse in the car. Try replacing the car’s fuse.
- If a single door doesn’t work, but others do, and there’s no blown fuses, the solenoid in the car door lock might be broken. Sometimes replacing it might mean that you need to take off the car door panel itself.
- If the lock won’t charge or hold power, hold the lock switch itself down or up and open the door over and over to see if the lock will work. If it only works partially, it’s probably due to a broken wire. This is an issue that a licensed automotive lock expert like those here at Chicago Locksmiths can fix.
Posted on October 2nd, 2020 | 0 Comments
In these days of COVID-19, many of us are working from home - and many of us are balancing that labor with maintaining a family and ensuring that everyone stays safe and sane. In this blog post, the home security experts here at Chicago Locksmiths will detail some excellent security tips for those still working at home.
Outdoor or Shed Based Office Space
If you’ve been working in an outdoor space, for example, in a converted shed, it’s important to keep that secure as well. We recommend installing an anti snap lock to help protect the lock from snapping - as well as other attacks like drilling, picking, and bumping. Anti snap security locks have multiple pins, and even stay secure if the pin is left in the lock! We also recommend installing motion sensor security cameras.
If you keep any confidential information relating to your job - or anything else - at your home workspace, we recommend installing a high security safe. Keep any keys, documents, high rise information, storage devices, or anything else that’s important. Keep the code highly secure. This can ensure that your confidential and valuable information is safe and protected - and also give you peace of mind.
We recommend keeping your work routine - even when working from home - discreet and private. If somebody unscrupulous plans on taking advantage of you, and manages to track your routine, they might know the best times to break into your home office space when they know you won’t be present. If you're working from an outdoor or semi outdoor area, we recommend installing fencing of foliage so that neighboring homes can’t view what you’re doing. If you’re working indoors, have curtains to block the outside view - especially from the street.
Sliding Door Security Repairs
If your sliding doors have become weak or vulnerable, we recommend upgrading or replacing the door itself as well as it’s locks to keep your property secure. Sliding doors are an underrated potential crime entry point, and they need to be kept as secure as typical deadlocked doors. Contact Chicago Locksmiths today to update and upgrade the locks on your sliding doors.
Posted on September 23rd, 2020 | 0 Comments
Children sometimes have the potential to affect the general security of the homes they live in. This isn’t purposeful, but simply a risk - when it comes to security, there’s so many loose variables that need to be tightly watched and controlled in order to maximize safety. Since children can be spontaneous and mischievous, they can compromise home security without ever intending to do so. Here’s some ways that your children can mess with security plans, and how you can best mitigate these risks to make your household safe for children and adults alike.
One of the most essential things that parents and homeowners need to teach children is about the risk of strangers. Children need to be taught that telling personal information regarding themselves, their families, or their household creates a dangerous risk for them and the whole family. Many burglars know that children can be a potential weak link in home’s security, and they will try to exploit this in order to gain access into your home. It’s 100% necessary to tell your children that you understand how important it is to protect themselves and their families from stranger danger.
Keeping a Safety Plan
Ensuring a safety plan is a fantastic way to enforce the security of your home, but it only works when you children fully understand the plan. This allows you to have the advantage of knowing that everyone in the household is prepared in the event of any security risk. This is the only way to ensure that your plan is successful. It’s smart to regularly review these plans, and even practice them just so you know that your children understand exactly what to do. Even if children are somewhat prone to being scared of things, it’s wise to educate them of the real dangers involved in understanding this home security plan to the dot - of course in a way that’s respectful of their position as children.
All homes should be outfit with alarms and security devices that implement measurements reacting to any burglary or forced entry, as well as functioning to prevent or deter any forms of burglary. As a homeowner, you need to make sure that your children understand the value of home security drives, and know how to operate them. Children should be taught on how to arm and disarm security devices, so that they house is never left vulnerable (and the police aren’t accidentally called when a kid comes home early by themselves.) These practices should become second nature for children - and they’re not too complicated for even young children to master. That being said, children need to be taught that these simple-to-operate - yet technically complex devices are not toys, and shouldn’t be played around with.
Proper Door Behavior
Teach children that doors need to be closed behind them, and how to properly answer the door when they are the only person home. Children should be taught not to give the impression that they are home alone when answering the door, and not to let any information that could imply this casually slip. Children have somewhat of a propensity for betraying sensitive information without knowing, so they should be taught not to do this, all the while still being taught the value of honesty towards family, friends, and non-strangers.
Many modern homes are fit with motion sensor operated garage doors that can be mistakenly activated if children leave bicycles or toys in the driveway in front of the door. If your garage is attached to your home directly, this can severely increase the chances of somebody breaking into your home. It’s important for your children to be aware of this risk, and check themselves, self monitoring their actions in order to prevent it from happening.
Most burglars case out properties before deciding to attempt a break-in. They do this by sneaking peeks into your home through windows, figuring out where you keep things and if there’s any particularly valuable items that they would want to steal. This is why it’s always wise to keep your home’s visibility close in mind when you’re figuring out your home security plan. Children should be taught that curtains and shutters should be closed, or at least semi-obscured so that your home has a security-safe level of privacy. This is as simple as teaching your children a lesson in the value of privacy.
Posted on August 17th, 2020 | 0 Comments
Garages, while not commonly seeming to be the most crime-vulnerable parts of a home, actually constitute a security risk to the rest of the home, as well as just on their own for burglary of valuable equipment. In this blog entry, the residential security experts here at Chicago Locksmiths will detail ways to determine whether your garage is vulnerable to a break-in.
Make sure that the exterior of your garage is brightly lit. If your garage door - or any side doors to your garage- are in dimly lit areas, burglars could easily find a way to enter your home undetected.
Aging Garage Doors
Older garage doors can easily lose their tight seal over time and use - any gaps in the seal of your garage door can quickly become a security liability. Service doors are another area you should focus on preventing vulnerabilities in.
Forgetting to Close the Door
If you leave your garage door open - whether accidentally or on purpose - you’re giving thieves a chance to easily break in. We recommend installing a smart garage door opener system so that you can more easily verify whether a garage door is open or not.
Make sure that your garage windows are covered so that you don’t advertise your belongings to any passing criminals. Try to cover your windows with curtains and/or blinds to make your garage a more private place.
Make sure to install a high quality, durable deadbolt on your garage service door in order to prevent any thieves from gaining access to your garage - or by extension, your home or business. Consider installing a reinforced strike plate to keep the deadbolt in place.
Motion Activated Lights
Install motion activated lights outside your garage doors that can suddenly illuminate anyone sneaking around the garage exterior - functioning as a deterrent that can quickly frighten thieves away.
Home Security Systems
Install a high quality home security system that will trigger an immediate alert to law enforcement authorities as soon as a suspicious and forced entry is attempted in your garage. By having a home security system installed at your garage - as well as the above security measure - you can rest easy in knowing that you did your best to ensure the security of your garage and all connected properties.
Posted on August 17th, 2020 | 0 Comments
Door Lock Parts
- Cylinder - This body area of the lock is where the key is placed into. When the lock is activated, spring loaded pins are activated, keeping the cylinder from turning.
- Bolt - This device, also known as the latch, holds the door closed through an extending piece of metal moving between the door and straight into the door frame.
- Box - The bolt moves from the cylinder into a dedicated hole known as the box. The box holds the bolt in a single placement when the door is locked, preventing one from being able to pull the door open.
- Bolt - the Deadbolt is a piece of metal that moves from the door straight into the frame, locking inside the frame to stop someone from being able to open the door from outside.
- Thumb Latch - This part of the deadbolt moves from the surface of the door, allowing you to rotate and deactivate the deadbolt from the inside.
- Turnpiece - This part of the lock moves through the door from the cylinder, it’s connected through a thumb latch. This allows users to lock and unlock the lock.
- Keyhole - This is the area in which the key is inserted, allowing you to operate the lock.
Strike Plate and Rosette Definitions
The strike plate helps keep the door’s bolt in place when it’s locked. When the door closes, the latch strikes on the plate, holding it close. Another type of plate that is often held behind door knobs are what’s called the rosette. This plate is held behind the door knobs, it holds the doorknob in place and stops it from rattling when you turn the door knob. The rosette helps to add a different level of security and helps the doorknob last longer.
Posted on July 3rd, 2020 | 0 Comments
Maintaining a secure selection of locks at your residential property - or even residential management complex - is an absolute must for safety and security. Rekeying locks periodically is one of the best ways to enforce and ensure that your property is secure. In this blog post, the residential security experts here at Chicago Locksmiths will detail some of the most important aspects of lock rekeying that managers or landlords of residential property should focus on to maintain safety and security.
Pool Gate Locks
Pool gates must be secured in order to protect children and animals in your building complex - especially when pools are not in use. Pool locks will gradually wear down so the gate won’t close properly. Pool gates must also always be closed even when the pool is being used. We recommend re-keying your pool gate locks for safety.
Individual Apartment Locks
Apartment locks need to be rekeyed when tenants switch over. This even applies to situations in which former tenants returned their apartment keys, as they may have made copies that they gave out to friends or family - and those key copies could fall into the wrong hands.
Storage Closet Locks
Storage closets can be accessed by any staff members, maintenance workers, or delivery people. Another risk is former employees accessing storage closets, especially when disgruntled. We recommend rekeying storage closet locks after employee turnover - it’s affordable, and helps keep your property secure.
We recommend periodically rekeying office locks - especially those within larger apartment buildings. By rekeying your basic lock mechanism, you ensure that your business records and property will stay secure. We additionally recommend investing in quality access control systems that marry key cards or digital keypads with high security deadbolts in order to ensure that your property is as strongly protected as possible - and Chicago Locksmiths can easily provide you this full infrastructure for a fair and competitive rate.