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  • Top Reasons Garages Need Security Cameras

    Posted on May 16th, 2021 | 0 Comments

    CCTV security cameras are a massive advantage to any residential or commercial establishment, offering fantastic security benefits. Garages, being some of the most secluded areas of any property, are also associated with a higher rate of crime. In this blog entry, the residential security and commercial security experts here at Chicago Locksmiths will detail the top reasons that your garage needs security cameras.

    Parking Lots that Lack Security are Unsafe

    It's estimated by the Bureau of Justice Statistics that 10% of crimes that happen on private properties occur in parking lots. Parking lots with bad lighting and a lack of security cameras are essentially begging for crimes like theft, mugging, carjacking, or even assault to occur. You can mitigate these risks by investing in the installation of CCTV Security Cameras at your parking lots. There’s a wide range of CCTV cameras made and models - from the industry’s leading brands - all of which can provide a range of coverage and data storage options that meet your business’ unique needs.

    Benefits of Parking Lot CCTV and Security Systems

    Even for commercial property owners who don’t want to invest in 24/7 security guard for their property, you can opt to invest in modern security technology that allows you to watch and monitor the goings on at your property without hiring a large staff. Security cameras normally capture footage - and in the event of a crime (although we hope one doesn’t occur) this footage can help police track down the perpetrator of any crime, whether it be theft or a car accident. CCTV security camera systems, when visible, also operate as a deterrent for criminals. CCTV security systems installed in parking lots ensure the safety of visitors to your business, and provide commercial property owners the peace of mind that they can be notified - in real time - of any security threats outside your property, before they gain entrance!

    Custom Tailored Parking Lot Security Systems

    Chicago Locksmith can install a range of monitored CCTV security systems in your parking lot, with camera types ranging from fish-eye cameras, pan-tilt-zoom cameras, bullet cameras, vandal dome cameras, box cameras, and much more! Our team works with the latest and greatest security technology currently in the market today, ensuring satisfaction, and close attention paid to the unique functional and security needs of your property.

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  • Top Reasons To Install An Intercom At Your Chicago Property

    Posted on April 21st, 2021 | 0 Comments

    Intercoms are an integral aspect of any working access control infrastructure, and in 2021, there’s a massive variety of intercom brands, makes, and models available on the market today. This sheer breadth might seem confusing or intimidating at first to the naked eye - in this blog post, the access control hardware installation experts here at Chicago Locksmiths will provide a brief guide to the main reasons that people install intercoms at their property.

    Intercoms Provide the Ability to Inspect Visitors to your Property

    Intercoms allow you to screen visitors to your property through visual or audio capabilities. This way you can make sure you’re only allowing people who are meant to be there inside your home or business.

    Intercoms Increase Convenient Operation

    Intercoms make communication and screening far more convenient. They allow you to let someone into your property without getting up to answer the door - simply push a button!

    Ability to be Integrated with Security Infrastructure

    Intercoms can be easily integrated with security equipment at your property like alarm systems and CCTV systems. You won't need to install a brand new system, your intercom can be installed to work properly with your existing security setup.

    Crime Deterrence

    Intercoms function to deter criminals from even attempting a break-in at your property. Potential criminals can see that you have infrastructure in place that can catch them in the act, so they won't even attempt it!

    Property Value Benefits

    Installing an intercom at your residential or commercial property can increase the property value. Since people want to live in safer environments, the investment of installing an intercom at your property can help you raise its price, as potential buyers won't have to buy intercoms themselves.

    Meetings and Announcements

    Intercoms can allow you to make announcements throughout your commercial or even residential property easily and instantly. This is a great way to get the attention of people spread out throughout a home or office. Furthermore, intercoms allow you to conduct easy meetings without the need for everybody to move into a central conference room, which saves a ton of time and makes your day more efficient.

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  • Top Security Issues Often Overlooked At Commercial Properties

    Posted on April 21st, 2021 | 0 Comments

    While the mainstays of successful commercial security are high-quality deadbolt locks and access control systems, there’s many other factors that affect the security of your business or commercial property. In this brief blog entry, the lock installation and security hardware experts here at Chicago Locksmiths will detail the top three highly important and vital security issues commonly overlooked by businesses.

    Obsolete or Old Access Control Systems

    In recent years, fantastic strides have been made with access control systems. There’s tons of new beneficial features available in today’s access control systems - and older systems simply aren’t up to par, offering limited capabilities and limited ability for integration with other modern security equipment, like cloud based CCTV archive storage. Ensure that your property has a modern and high quality access control system that boasts features like electric strike control, biometric access control, smart locks, or keypads.

    Access Control Rule Leniency

    Make sure to enforce your ID, security, and access control rules evenly across everyone on your commercial property. Every single person in your property ranging from high-ups to temporary delivery people need to follow all ID requirements, with no exceptions made. Ensure that any security personnel (or automatic security technology) are set up to properly analyze credentials and check IDs.

    Improper Training on Security System Operations

    Make sure that your staff is trained to use your access control system, CCTV camera systems, and especially any integrated alarm and security system. While in many respects these systems have capability for automatic operation, they still require an active and talented eye on the part of security personnel. Ensure that all of your staff is trained on how to use this technology.

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  • Functional Benefits Of CCTV Security Camera Systems

    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.

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  • Locksmith Services For Property Managers

    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.

    Lock Changing

    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!

    24/7 Availability

    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.

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  • Common Types Of Commercial Locks

    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.

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    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.

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  • Advantages Of Commercial Mobile Access Control

    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.

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  • Choosing A Professional, Quality Locksmith In Chicago

    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.

    Verify Reputation

    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.

    Get Identification

    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.

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  • Benefits Of High Security Key Systems

    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.

     

     

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  • Security Tips For Your Chicago Business

    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.

     

    Rekeying Locks

    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.

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