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  • How to Implement Hands Free Entry in this Era of COVID-19

    Posted on May 3rd, 2020 0 Comments

    In this era of COVID-19, many home and business owners are looking for ways to increase the safety around their own property, helping themselves, their family/staff/ and/or visitors to help avoid spreading germs. In this blog post, the door hardware installation experts here at Chicago Locksmiths will detail some fantastic ways you can implement hands free entry at your property!

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  • Benefits of Apartment Complex Locksmith Service

    Posted on May 3rd, 2020 0 Comments

    There’s myriad benefits that apartment complex management can reap from hiring a certified professional Chicago locksmith company to handle their security, lock, and access needs. In this blog post, the residential and commercial locksmith experts here at Chicago Locksmiths will detail some of the fantastic benefits residential complexes can receive from our professional lock and access control services.

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  • Benefits of Keypad Locks / Keyless Entry

    Posted on November 29th, 2019 0 Comments

     If you’re thinking of replacing your traditional door locks and keys, a keypad door lock is an excellent option for you. After years of being used by commercial locations, keypad door locks are being used in more and more residential homes – and have become a fast favorite due to all their convenient benefits. Here’s a brief guide to some of the great benefits of using keyless entry locks at your property, as prepared by the experts here at Chicago Locksmiths!

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  • 3 Fixes to Common Front Door Issues

    Posted on September 28th, 2019 0 Comments

    First impressions definitely matter as it relates to the appearance of your home. Any issues with your front door will surely be noticed by visitors to your home – or even passersby. If the front door isn’t functioning well or looking food, you may even have structural issues that extend far beyond cosmetic appearances. The good news, is that the majority of front door issues that affect homes can be easily remedied. Here’s some of the most common fixes for front door issues that may affect your home as prepared by the locksmith experts here at Chicago Locksmiths.

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  • People love Chicago Locksmiths on Yelp!

    Posted on July 18th, 2018 0 Comments

    Here at Chicago Locksmiths, we make customer satisfaction our number one priority. That’s why we’re super excited to announce that we have been a ‘People Love Us On Yelp’ 2018 Award recipient! This distinction reflects our around the clock commitment to providing ideal levels of service to our customers, and our attention to serving their every unique and custom need with complete attention to detail and care.

    Yelp Community acknowledgement of our Superior Service

    We take this distinction seriously, and work around the clock to provide our customers with the highest level of attention to detail, care, and custom security service available anywhere in the city of Chicago. Yelp is a crowd-run platform – meaning that reviews cannot be doctored by a company, but are rather created and verified by the wider public. Our service is rated on Yelp by a group of customers who have actually received our services, painting a realistic picture of the superior level of service that anybody in the Windy City will receive when working with the expert lock installation, lock repair, and lock maintenance technicians at Chicago Locksmith.

    Praiseworthy Google Testimonials

    Not only have we received this award of distinction from Yelp, but we also have hundreds of positive customer testimonials and reviews on Google. We take pride in our reputation as providing superior care and service to our valued community, and encourage anybody curious about our service to check out the plethora of glowing reviews and testimonials that our expert technicians have earned through their hard work, professionalism, and dedication to providing ideal levels of service that leave each client completely satisfied.

     

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  • Why it’s Best to Hire a Certified Locksmith

    Posted on June 29th, 2018 0 Comments

    It’s always a good idea to hire a certified locksmith to carry out all of your lock installation, lock repair, and lock maintenance needs. Not only are amateur attempts much more time consuming and less effective than professional service, but they can affect the safety and security of your household and business. Here’s a guide to why it’s best to hire a certified locksmith, as prepared by the lock and security experts at Chicago Locksmiths.

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  • Buying New Smart Car Keys

    Posted on June 23rd, 2018 0 Comments

    Smart keys, aka transponder keys or key fobs are special car keys that are programmed directly to work with your vehicle. If you lose your car key, it’s not as easy as making a key directly from the key cylinder profile, as a few skilled locksmiths can do. You will need to find an avenue for obtaining and programming a transponder key blank to match your vehicle’s data profile. The expert emergency locksmith team at Chicago Locksmiths can help you do this; but before you contact us, here’s some excellent information about purchasing new smart car keys so that you can be better informed about the various aspects of the process in order to maximize your budget.

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  • Post Burgalry Office Security

    Posted on April 23rd, 2018 0 Comments

    When an office suffers a break in or burglary, business owners have to deal with the ramifications. Besides dealing with potential property loss, one of the important measures that have to be taken after an office break in is reinforcement of office security plans in order to correct the vulnerabilities that allowed for the break in in the first place, as well as other security layer strengthening in order to minimize the potential for future break ins. In this blog post, the commercial security experts at Chicago Locksmiths will detail the steps that have to be taken in a commercial setting after a break in.

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  • Cost of Lock Changes

    Posted on July 23rd, 2017 0 Comments

    Cost of lock changesIf you’ve owned your home for over a decade, you have probably changed your locks by now – and if you haven’t, you really should! Locks can accumulate damage and degradation over the years, and it’s essential to have them changed in order to maintain their integrity as defining aspects of your home security. In terms of figuring out the price of lock change, there’s a few factors that need to be analyzed; in this blog post, the experts at Chicago Locksmiths will help you understand these key points.

     

    Lock Change Method

    You can try to attempt a DIY lock installation, which is only really a good approach for homeowners with a good level of skill around hardware and installation tools. If you’re taking this approach, you need to make sure that you have the correct tools. The cost of this installation of course will also be determined by what type of lock you choose to buy – as a Grade 3 lock is cheaper, and weaker, than a Grade 1 lock. It’s essential to sort through the various options that fit your practical needs, security requirements, and material budget in order to determine whether it’s worth it, or even possible at all, to complete a DIY installation.

     

    The best approach would to be to have your lock professionally installed, which might end up being even cheaper than a DIY installation as you can be certain the lock will be correctly installed the first time, resulting in zero need for additional tools. Secondly, a professional locksmith can install a lock much faster than an amateur – and time is money, according to the old saying. The average cost of a professional lock change starts around $35, a fair price for a service that will provide your household with irreplaceable and invaluable security.

     

    Security Level

    High security locks are more expensive than low security locks as a matter of general fact. You are going to want to choose what lock you want for your home based on how much importance you place on security. If you want to simply go to the hardware store and buy the first lock you spot, your lock installation won’t be too expensive. But if you want to buy a lock that will truly ensure the full security of your home, it will cost a little bit more.

     

    Exterior VS. Interior Locks

    Interior locks shouldn’t be used on exterior doors, and vice versa. Since they have different security uses, these locks have different prices and different set-ups. Exterior door locks are the first defense parameter for many homes, so they are often built to be more sturdy and strong than interior locks. The price point variance between these two types of locks reflect their differences – and often exterior locks are more expensive than interior ones. Additionally, the level of lock strength as mentioned before makes a major difference in the prices.

     

    Upgradability

    You can upgrade existing locks in many different ways that vary from upgrading a normal lock to a high security counterpart, making an existing lock an electronic smart lock, or a simple upgrade from a Grade 3 to Grade 1 deadbolt. These upgrades vary in price. If you were, for example, looking to switch to a Medeco brand high security deadbolt, the price would range between $140 and $240 dollars. If you were trying to upgrade to a smart lock by the popular brand August, the price of an upgrade would likely start at over $200 dollars. If you choose to upgrade your locks when you change them, the price variances will be greater than if you were simply reinstalling another version of the same lock you already have – but the increase in price will also result in a major increase in security.

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  • 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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