Posted on March 7th, 2021 | 0 Comments
Here at Chicago Locksmith, we take pride in our ability to deliver custom tailored physical security solutions to our broad range of residential and commercial clients. One fantastic way to implement preventative physical security is the installation of CCTV cameras at your property - in this blog entry, our commercial and residential access control and security experts will provide some more detail as to unique functional benefits of this technology.
Facial Recognition Options
Facial recognition is a great option for commercial property owners - or residential property owners - looking to easily verify and/or identify people visiting your property. Facial recognition technology used to be considered expensive, but is now affordable for property owners of all budgets and sizes. The high resolution optics of contemporary security cameras allow you to check out unique details to help you verify proper identity including clothing, license plates, and ID numbers.
Remote Access Functionality
Contemporary security cameras allow for remote access on a 24/7 basis, no matter your location. You can review footage and control the camera from a far away area from your laptop, phone, or other mobile device. Security cameras today even have motion sensor notifications that allow you to know when to begin remote viewing in real time.
Unique Audio Abilities
Modern security cameras actually boast hybrid features that are usually seen with access control devices - audio functionality! Security camera audio functions allow you to not only listen to visitors by the door in real time - but to work along with your existing (or newly installed) access control devices as a two-way speaker when connected to your intercom. Audio functionality is a major asset as well in video capturing - in case you experience suspicious behavior and want to really review the footage taken of the front of your property at a later date.
Posted on March 7th, 2021 | 0 Comments
There’s a range of lock based security factors that property managers should pay attention to. In this blog entry, the security experts here at Chicago Locksmith will detail some vital locksmith services that we can provide to property managers to increase their security as well as peace of mind.
Lock Damage Assessment
A skilled locksmith can provide property managers with high quality and rapid lock damage assessment and repair services. We arrive at your location and instantly assess the degree of damage affecting your lock - as well as it’s cause - and quickly determine the fastest and most effective lock repair service available. We provide a free price and budget assessment with a fixed rate.
We provide lock change service for properties of all scales and sizes - an immensely popular service. Here at Chicago Locksmith, we take the safety and security of our clients more seriously than anything else - which is why we provide rapid, efficient, precise, and high quality lock change service to help restore the security of your property.
Access Control Installation
Chicago Locksmiths’ skilled lock installation technicians also specialize in the installation of high quality access control systems and devices at properties of all types. Access control systems - especially when paired with a high quality security camera - are a great way to keep an eye on who enters (or tries to enter) your property at all times. Access control systems when paired with security cameras can offer two-way audio and/or video calling, and sometimes also offer real-time remote monitoring, remote control, and full painting capabilities alarm and motion sensor systems!
Our high quality residential and commercial locksmiths make themselves available on a 24/7 basis. From the moment you realize that your property requires the attention of a high quality locksmith, you can be sure that one of our licensed and seasoned professionals will be deployed ASAP, arriving at your property in a sheer matter of minutes to deliver you the security solutions that you deserve.
Posted on February 10th, 2021 | 0 Comments
Commercial door lock installation and repair are some of the main services that we, the expert locksmith team here at SOS Locksmith, specialize in. Every properly run commercial entity takes care to maintain high quality locks at their property that offer proper protection and security. In this blog entry, the commercial lock installation experts here at Chicago Locksmiths will detail the main types of commercial locks that we commonly work with today.
Definition of Commercial Grade Lock Grades
All door locks come in different grades that describe their security level - defined by durability, strength, and cost. Grade 1 locks can ensure over a million cycles of being opened and shut, while Grade 2 and Grade 3 locks can be opened and closed about 800,000 cycles. Grade 1 Locks can withstand about 10 75 pound strikes to the doorknobs, while Grade 2 Locks can withstand 5 hits - Grade 3 Locks can withstand just about 2 hits.
Different Types of Commercial Door Locks
The main types of commercial door locks are commercial strikes, restricted key systems, keyless entry locks, magnetic locks, master key systems, and door closers. Commercial strike locks are electrically operated to allow visitors in, and rigged with doorbells or intercoms. They are commonly used in high traffic businesses iek doctor’s offices. Keyless entry requires a password or security number for entrance. Magnetic locks are used when there’s zero door knobs or levers - usually on revolving doors. Restricted key systems offer superior security as there’s limits on the amount of times keys can be copied. Door closers are common for most commercial buildings, and automatically lock when the door is closed. Master key systems allow people to enter specific areas, while other people can enter ALL areas.
Is it worth investing in high security locks?
Yes, if you have any valuable property inside your commercial building, it’s worth investing in high security locks. If you want to bolster and increase your security, we recommend adding high quality deadbolts to all doors. You should also investigate the lock brand you’re using to look for brand new superior security features like the Smart Key system offered by Kwikset or the Anti Picking system offered by Schlage. Other security measures that we recommend implementing is the installation of motion sensors and CCTV security systems that work as both active monitoring and passive deterrents for potential criminals.
Posted on February 10th, 2021 | 0 Comments
Mobile access control systems can be a major boon to commercial properties. The advanced technology offers premiere levels of controllable security and access control convenience, bolstering the operation of your business and enforcing the safety of your employees and inventory. In this blog post, the locksmith experts here at Chicago Locksmith will detail the advantages of mobile access control systems at your commercial property.
Benefits of Access Control for Commercial Properties
Convenient Operation for Employees
Due to the ubiquitousness of smartphones, it’s nearly guaranteed that the majority of you employees will have some sort of smart device like a smartphone or tablet. When you integrate your access control system with mobile devices, your employees can operate the access control system with the devices they carry on them all the time. This helps lower the chances of lost or forgotten key tokens, making the operation of your business and accessing it easier for employees.
Hands Free Entrance
Your access control devices can be programmed with specific range that allow you to enter protected doorways with zero need to pull your mobile device from your pocket, allowing you to enter the door with massive ease.
Customizable User Access
It can be complicated to manage a rotating list of employees and guests, especially when working with traditional security and access control systems. Mobile access control systems can be easily updated from your phone allowing you to customize temporary access tokens for visitors, or program access control systems to allow certain people to access your property at certain times.
Posted on January 18th, 2021 | 0 Comments
When you require high quality locksmith service, especially in an emergency, it’s essential that you verify that the locksmith that’s providing you service is professionally qualified. Here at Chicago Locksmiths, our technicians are fully licensed and insured, and go through a rigorous training process to ensure the exemplary quality of their service and conduct. In this blog post, you can learn about the essentials of verifying a quality locksmith service.
Research the top locksmiths in your area and Google their reviews, endorsements on review sites or the Better Business Bureau, and check to see if their technicians are licensed.
Service Area and Hours
Make sure that your locksmith service has hours that fit when you need service, and have a service area that fits your location. The point is to make sure that you won’t be charged extra for your lcoksmith’s extra travel or service at odd hours.
Verify Insurance and Bonding
Make sure that your locksmith team is licensed, bonded, and fully insured.
Verify Total Charges
Ask your locksmith what the level of total charges will be before you agree to the service. You want to make sure that you are getting a fair and accurate quote for the service that reflects all tasks that will be performed.
Get a Written Estimate
Professional locksmith firms provide fully written estimates before embarking on the locksmith service works. Ask if there’s a possibility for unforeseen issues that might raise the price - and don’t overpay if the on-site estimate is much different than the quote you get over the phone.
High quality locksmiths will arrive in a marked car and be wearing a uniform with the company’s title on it. Ask for identification to verify their identity before letting them into your property.
Pay After Services Rendered
Pay the professional locksmith after you receive the service, not beforehand. Ask for the company’s payment policy - and consider using a credit card to render payments.
Posted on January 4th, 2021 | 0 Comments
When looking to protect your residential or commercial property from forced entry and other security risks, the best place to start is with a strong and solid lock. However, many people overlook the security advantages of high security keys - an additional way to bolster your lock based security that provides far greater strength and protection than standard keys. In this blog entry, the residential and commercial locksmith experts here at Chicago Locksmiths will detail the best reasons to choose to implement a high security key system at your Chicago property.
High Security Keys are Hard to Copy
High security keys are made with special patents that prevent them from being able to get copied at typical hardware stores - they can only be copied by special locksmiths. This goes way above and beyond the security offered by normal keys that simply say “do not duplicate” on them, as these are often duplicated anyway.
High Security Keys come with Tamper Proof High Security Locks
Traditional keys usually work with locks that can be picked using readily available or specialty materials. High security keys are almost impossible to pick, since their locking mechanisms are matched to specific pins on your unique keys - meaning only a specialty locksmith with specialized tools can open these locks after they are secured.
Full Access Control
You can exert control over who can access your property with a high security key system. These keys can be easily master keyed, meaning that anyone with a commercial property can ensure that only authorized individuals can enter particular areas at particular times. This helps prevent the risk of burglary and even employee theft. High security locks can be easily fit into a master key system in both residential and commercial security contexts.
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.