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Monthly Archives: January 2014

  • SUPER BOWL XLVII: Importance of Security

    Posted on January 31st, 2014 0 Comments


    Americans often neglect the real attributes of escapism entertainment. No question we love sporting events and their stimulating or yellow advertisements in between the movement of the game. But, most forget about the security practices instilled by so many to ensure the game in the first place. As the Super Bowl begins looming on your television this coming weekend, keep a few of these things in mind which procure sports safety for us.


    Securing Money

    First, it’s quite daft to not think of the monetary significance. It goes without saying that if 80,000 football fans are willing to open their pocket books and linger in a low temp range, and, 100+ million will watch it on television, that there is money to be made. Advertisements and frenetic tech use aside, think about Met Life Stadium, in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The structure costs 1.6 billion dollars. For this event an estimated 3,000 security guards and 700 cops are expected to watch over the day’s events there. The reasons they are watching over the event is to keep a functionally safe atmosphere which attempts to maximize capital. Arguably, to disable this U.S. capital, through moral loss, there are terrorist cells and other nefarious types which will possibly cause a threat to these interests.


    All Security Counts

    We specialize in locks and security advancement. We know the use and value. The people who use locks for mostly security purposes are the same 3,000 security guards and 700 cops at the event this weekend. Furthermore reactive, the 100+million viewers also use locks and security measures to retain and produce safety. Although just a note on safety for this weekend, give a shout out to someone who helps you remain secure on your day-to-day. And, give thanks to those who put their lives on the line for these all American events we appreciate so ardently.  


    The Game

    Broncos put the Seahawks under hoof. Cut away shots throughout the game will catch Eli Manning eating maple bars from his Dunkin’ Donut Sponsor and the Red Hot Chili Peppers never sound as good live as in the studio. Happy Watching!  




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  • Bicycle Locks

    Posted on January 29th, 2014 0 Comments


    Today many people own bikes that are worth much more than vehicles in price and value. Especially, those who inhabit cities. Bicyclists use their legs to expedite journeys to work, activities and overall life events. Commodious apartments, a post right in front of the cafe, or the space by your desk are prime places to park your two-wheeler. But, when these spots are taken or inaccessible riders are susceptible to penny-farthing theft or velocipede larceny. Ouch.



    Danierl Zajarias-Fainsod and Franz Sazmann have come up with a solution gaining traction on Kickstarter. Having both had college bicycles stolen, Sazmann and Zajarias-Fainsod decided to make a move for the bicyclist well-being in 2012. The two have designed a keyless bicycle lock that has garnered publicity from news mountains like BBC and Bloomberg Buisnessweek. The commotion was about a new bicycle lock that posed a nightmare to bicycle thieves. Their lock is called the Lock8 and it’s the super device of bicycle locks.


    The Features


    • Keyless – Smartphone operable. The e-key is on the rise; but, if the smartphone dies a key fob will grant users access to their bicycles. So, you can eliminate having a heavy bicycle lock and carrying a physical key with you again! You don’t have to worry about losing your keys and not having an extra copy because it’s right on your phone!


    • Integrated GPS -If your bicycle was misplaced or stolen, you’ll be able to track the device at all times. The GSM chip connects your bicycle to the internet for real-time relocation information.


    • Alarm – Lock8 has a variety of protection utilities. The device sports a motion sensor and gyro-accelerometer, but also a temperature sensor which trigger a “painfully loud” alarm when tampered with. All send you push notifications to alert you of this activity.


    • Induction Charged – Lock8 has no batteries that need to be replaced. Induction is harvested while cycling. Each time the bicycle is put in motion the charge begins accumulating life.


    • Rent and Share – Lock8 is making a push to be the Uber of bicycle use. With the Lock8 one can share their bicycle with anyone they desire by mobile touch, and profit from the transaction if they want to. Brilliant.


    The Rise of Bike Share

    The rise of bike share has spread from city to city. But let us be frank, their bikes are hideous, clunky and feel like a government permission. Not to mention the bicycle docks are always in cruddy areas. In 2014 Danierl Zajarias-Fainsod and Franz Sazmann plan to launch their brand in Great Britain and the United States. If you want a smartphone bicycle application that sends you push notifications when your bike is being tampered with, invest in one of these locks. Another incentive to invest is that there is no bicycle subscription! If you decide to rent your bicycle out the cost is a paltry $2 a month. That means that in time your bicycle will pay for the lemon. Until then keep tabs on your two-wheeler.

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  • The Yale Real Living Touchscreen Z-Wave Deadbolt

    Posted on January 27th, 2014 0 Comments

    Yale Real Living Deadbolt


    Reviews are in on the Yale Real Living Touchscreen Z-Wave Deadbolt. The lock has a malleable design interface that adjusts to almost any door type and its sleek body adds a fashionable aesthetic. It comes in three different finishes. This hot locking device offers a number of great specs for users, but check out the good, the bad and the ugly before your go with the Yale Real Living Touchscreen Z-Wave Deadbolt.


    The Good

    Privacy Mode – Lock out all key codes and allow access to entry when you want.

    Auto re-lock function – Easily enable or disable auto re-locking functions.

    Parlez-vous…? – The Yale Real Living Touchscreen Z-Wave Deadbolt speaks to you in three languages: French English and Spanish.

    Durable acrylic touchscreen – Screen illuminates for nighttime access and is durable and tamper resistant.

    Use on all doors – The Yale Real Living Touchscreen Z-Wave Deadbolt can be installed to any interior or exterior door.


    The Bad

    No current extreme weather testing – Unfortunately there are no reviews to see how people deal with this product in bitter cold climates. That’s a chilly risk.

    Bulky – You may need a large inside door space to use this locking apparatus. It looks nice, but it does take up some real estate.

    Temporary access is unavailable – Temporary entry access is unavailable, although you can manually sign in to grant someone access. The downfall is that you must delete their access number afterwards. If you forget, they may have your number stored until you delete it

    Access to online service – Is not available unless paid for and installed with various service providers. This requires you to purchase more apps or devices to fully use the product. That’s a bit of a pain and raises costs.


    The Ugly

    Batteries – Even though this lock has a lot of great features, the ugliest feature is the battery crutch. Be it that this thing runs out, you may be locked out of your home at the wrong time… However, one of the Yale Real Living Touchscreen Z-Wave Deadbolt models comes with a key lock option. So the ugly is gets can be allayed.



    The best thing about the Yale Real Living Touchscreen Z-Wave Deadbolt is that there are no basic system access fees. The bad side is that upfront the device costs a pretty penny and that you will only benefit from the entire design by spending even more money. Though, overall the device takes great strides in becoming one of the most tech heavy locks to hit the big consumer market.





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  • Running with Keys

    Posted on January 14th, 2014 0 Comments

    The runner must prepare. He must eat strategically; he must stretch and warm-up; he must hydrate and know the distance of his route. Along the way he must know how to avoid certain obstacles and perceive his next steps. Before beginning he will inspect his shoes, the fit, and dote briefly on their milage. And, before taking the first stride of his 8.7 miler, he will be befuddled as to where to securely place his house key…

    Losing your key on the trail could at the least mean walking home after that 8.7 miler or in the worst case scenario end up in a stolen vehicle or a home robbery. If you’ve gone the distance to get your locks replaced, keeping that key safe is up to you. Here are a few tips to not loose that key next time your feet begin to take you places. 


    Out of sight, out of mind

    Runners often times enter a running “zone”. This zone has been described as meditative and for some spiritual. The comfort of this zone could mean the world to your mental and physical endurance, so if you tend to keep your key(s) tucked in your shoe or in a risky pocket, make sure they are secured very well. ALWAYS have them tied to something. If your bottoms don’t have sufficient internal pockets, secure them with ties to anything you can. 
    Some runners keep a single ring with one loop to retain its static-ness. By having it on their middle finger it’s a place that’s secure, hardly bothersome and sort of feel-able. 

    Applicable clothing or devices

    Athletic clothing companies are atoning for lost keys. Some shorts have internal secure pockets, most outer layers have them as well; some shoes even have pockets to keep a key. When looking for athletic gear, don’t forget to see if their is key storage on the product. Lot’s of products are equipped with this feature, many are not. Don’t forget to check!

    Lock Gear

    Companies have wonderful locking devices for this purpose. Wherever you may set out on your athletic endeavors, Master Lock and a few other options have quality key lock boxes. The idea is simple. Put your key in the lock box, secure the box to the tow of your vehicle or another legal source, shuffle the combination and you are done. Your key is secure at the point of return from your activity. 

    Hidden treasure

    Although we feign our enthusiasm with this option, it’s best to note on it anyway. Runners like to hide their keys. It’s like all the animals that hide and save their food. Some people put their entire key chains above their car tires. Others magnetize them to the bottom of the floor pans. Some runners even tie a string to the key, swallow it and lure it out after they’ve completed their trek. No. Not really. Hiding your keys is a risky, risky thing to do, so if you do do it, be sure to get creative, above all else, make certain that nobody is watching your key cache and that you yourself remember the place you hid the key. Good luck and happy trails.
    No one like to loose their keys, at Chicago Locksmiths we cut any type of keys for home, office and car.Visit our locksmith store at 2602 W Diversey Ave, Chicago, IL ‎60647
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  • Unfreezing Car Lock

    Posted on January 6th, 2014 0 Comments

    Chicagoland weather has the bravado to freeze hell over. At some time, you’ll wake up inches from an alarm clock that didn’t sound, you’ll skip breakfast, lace one boot, forget your wallet and hobble out the door. All of a sudden you see an ice-mobile. You’re panicky. You want to reach for the chainsaw, or the pickax. But this may do little more for your cause if you discover that your locks are frozen. What do you do? Have these solutions in your head the next time your auto locks freeze up.  Here are some tips from Chicago Locksmith to unfreezing car lock:


    Frozen locks can be unfrozen and by heat. If so inclined, boil your key in water, or place it in a toaster oven. If there is a BPA issue- say you’re key is incased in plastic- just hold the key tip in a pot of boiling water. BE CAREFUL NOT TO SCOLD YOURSELF. Dry the key before inserting it into its frozen housing. Use a towel to grip the key, or an oven mitt if needed. This may seem crazy, the squirrels and neighbors will probably take notice, but keep at it, it does work.


    It’s likely that the grocery store or the bodega on the corner carries lock deicer. If there’s weather for it, there’s a market for it. It’s not a bad idea to keep a few cans on hand for the winter months. Applying the deicer is simple: poke the straw into the nozzle, insert the straw into the applicable lock and give it a good drink. Attempt to use your key, if the key doesn’t work, wait a minute, reapply the deicer and try again. This may take a few minutes, but you’ll be glad you didn’t wait for the sun to open its eyes and deice the locks for you. 
    Mean, Mean Vaseline
    The chemical compounds in vaseline are able to melt ice. Dip the key in Vaseline and insert it into the lock. Wiggle the key in the lock, but try not to force it. If that key breaks you’re not getting anywhere. Be patient. Wait until the ice has sufficiently melted and the key gives rather easily to motion. If the first application doesn’t work, attempt these steps two or three times and give the process up to five minutes before the key performs its intended use and the locks deice. 

    Electric Lock Deicer 

    There are a bunch of mediocre to poor electric deicers on the market. Most of them are in the form of little key chains that appear very simple and efficient. That’s usually not the case; they’re most often terribly made and can’t get hotter than lukewarm ham. But, if you get lucky and find an electric lock deicer that has a few positive reviews, give it a shot. We’re not enthused by the heated toothpicks that they are, but they supposedly try to help your cause. Beware of these products and good luck. 

    Magnet trick

    Some claim that putting a magnet over the lock prevents water from letting itself into the lock. Magnets that will fit the size of the lock can be found at any hardware store. Give it a try. 
    By now you and your key might have shared some new experiences together: Did you boil or toast its shiny figure? Did you coat it in Vaseline? Whatever the event, these tips should have worked or prepared you for the next time your vehicle becomes an ice-mobile and your locks need to be unfrozen. 
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