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Monthly Archives: March 2017

  • What does it mean to have a bonded locksmith?

    Posted on March 22nd, 2017 0 Comments

    Many of our customers inquire about what terms such as ‘Licensed, Insured, Accredited, and Bonded’ mean. Here, courtesy of the expert locksmiths at Chicago Locksmith, is some information about exactly what bonding means, and why it’s important.


    Types of Bonds

    Surety Bonds

    There’s two main types of bonds. Surety bonds ensures that you will get quality performance out of a locksmith. For example, if a small locksmith company is hired to provide and install locks for large construction projects, they will issue a surety bond in order to guarantee the building owners that they will start and complete the job in a quality fashion. If the locksmith ends up ditching the job, the paid for bond will allow the construction company to use that money to pay someone else to complete the work. Surety bonds help to guarantee successful work outcomes, and demonstrates a locksmith’s serious dedication to their service.


    Guaranty Bonds

    Guaranty bonds promises clients that the individual person – ie: the specific locksmith working for the locksmith company – is trustworthy. The bond promises that if somehow the customer is hurt or stolen from, that they will be fully reimbursed. This is often seen as a cross-over aspect of liability insurance – however it covers purposeful neglectful or damaging acts, rather than a sheer focus on accidents.


    Why Bonding Matters

    Locksmiths have a great deal of influence over their client’s safety and security. They need to ensure that all information pertaining to their client’s security – notably, their key codes – remains fully confidential. Bonding helps promise our customers that the locksmiths they work with are trustworthy, and that they can have peace of mind in knowing that if anything does happen, they will be fully reimbursed according to the stipulations of the bond. Always ask locksmiths to see the bond itself before they work to make sure they are serious. Chicago Locksmith is proud to provide our customers the dedication for quality work completed – a dedication reflected in our full licensing and bonding.

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  • Interesting Facts about Locksmiths

    Posted on March 19th, 2017 0 Comments

    Locksmithing is an ancient field that has only grown more advanced and complex over the years. Anybody who practices it’s true art needs to be both trustworthy and skilled. Here’s some fun facts about locksmiths that you might not know.


    Apprentices are Common

    Many locksmiths receive on the job training. You need to be an apprentice first in order to become a locksmith. This is both for practical and ethical reasons. The mentor of apprentices make sure that their apprentices are honest and trustworthy,s o they will do justice to the true honor of the profession, and not use their knowledge for evil.


    The first professional locksmith was in 1788

    Yes, the oldest lock was found in the Khorsabad Palace in Nineveh, and is estimated to be 4000 years in age. However, the first serious locksmith profession was in 1788, when England’s Rover Barron patented his double acting tumbler lock.


    Lockpicking Championships Exist

    The Open Organisation of Lockpickers offer a championship called the Dutch Open, started in 2008, which is a major event which involves the competitive opening of locks – all without the use of keys, or breaking the locks – tools are provided however.


    The magician Harry Houdini was a locksmith

    The famous escape artist and magician Harry Houdini was once a professional locksmith. In 1904 Harry Houdini was challenged by a London newspaper to break a special pair of specially manufactured handcuffs which took 5 years to make. Of course, he was able to use his expert knowledge to do so.


    A king of France was betrayed by a locksmith

    During the French Revolution, the King Louis XVI and his wife Marie Antoinette were given up to the guillotine by Francois Gamain, a locksmith.

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  • Why Price doesn’t always determine a quality lock

    Posted on March 13th, 2017 0 Comments

    Here at Chicago Locksmith, we are often asked what kinds of locks are the best for home contexts. However, we tend not to favor one manufacturer or company over another one. The quality of a lock system is not determined by its packability – however this factor SHOULD be taken into consideration. Yes, some of the most expensive locks are impossible to pick, however the true security amounts from not only the lock’s strength, but how strong the door is, and how well it’s bolted into it’s frame. A high quality lock paired with a cheap door or doorframe won’t do that much to prevent a break in.



    Sometimes cheap locks can be easy to pick, and expensive ones can be easy to pick. It’s easier to pick locks with short pins. It’s harder to pick locks that have a mixture of long and short pins. In order to determine what kind of pins your lock as, look at your key – if it has both deep and shallow cuts in it, it’s harder to pick your lock.


    Another aspect of packability is what quality the lock’s metal is made of, and how well it was installed. Good locks are both solid and heavy, and are mounted steadily within the door. All deadbolts should fit cleanly inside their drilled space – and often locksmiths won’t make a deadbolt hole large enough for it to sit properly inside, which increases the vulnerability to crowbar attacks. All bolts should be durable and solid, and should slide fully into the door frame when activated.


    Keyways and Home Security

    There’s four main popular residential keyway designs in the United States. These include Kwikset, Schlage, Yale, and Weiser. While many other key patterns are made, the majority of them are made for business security applications. Many outside companies make their locks according to the key designs of the big four companies mentioned above. Lowes ‘Carriage House’ lock design uses the Kwikset Keyway, as well as Home Depot’s ‘Defiant’ locks. Yale utilizes Kwikset keys in its residential lock systems, however it has it’s own type of lock for it’s commercial systems. Schlage makes its own keys for it’s own locks. Sergeant is a particularly high quality lock, that does have some residential offerings, but mostly focuses on making commercial locks.


    Again, we want to stress that the true quality of a lock lies in how well it’s installed. The most ineffective lock, is a poorly installed one – so even if your lock is expensive, you need to make sure it’s installed perfectly in order to really get the most out of it.

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