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  • How To Avoid Lockout Scams

    Posted on July 7th, 2013 0 Comments

    Being locked out is a horrible experience. During the day, it’s not too bad. The sun is out and there are people around or it’s rainy and no one in their right mind would be outside. Middle of the night though, it’s a scary moment especially if you are female, alone, and live in a shady part of Chicago.

    So what do you do? Well, you take out your phone, look for locksmiths in the Chicago area, and call the first one that comes up. You don’t want to wait in the dark. Ah, but is that the smart thing to do?

    There are a lot of shoddy locksmiths out there. They get business by flooding the internet and making sure they are the first names you see. They claim they are a local company and that they charge low rates when the opposite is true. They count on their clients to be scared and desperate, thus willing to pay the price for their inferior work. So what do you do to make sure you’re not getting scammed?

    Find Your Own Locksmith

    This is a preventative measure. On a day when you’re not busy, check out the locksmith listings around town. There are many that list false addresses on their sites because clients hardly visit their location. Find one that actually exists and go in to meet the people who might end up working on your lock in the middle of the night. Keep their number on your phone. That way, if there is ever an emergency, you know you’ll be getting professional service.

    Credentials

    In the state of Illinois you must be licensed in order to be a real locksmith. If you’re searching on your phone for a locksmith in the middle of the night, do a quick check to make sure they are licensed. You don’t want an amateur trying to break into your door. They might break the lock or the door which equates to damages out of your pocket on top of the emergency service cost.

    Picking

    A true professional will always try to pick your lock first (unless it’s some sort of electronic or access control lock). Most front door locks are not exceedingly complicated. Give the locksmith a couple of minutes and you should be back into your home with no damage. Of course, if you have more complicated locks guarding your home, locksmiths have a variety of tools available for them to use such as drills and airbag pumps. However, if your locksmith breaks out these tools before attempting to pick your lock, it is a sign of their incompetence.

    Quotes

    A true locksmith will quote you a price as close as possible to what they will eventually change you and it will never exceed $100. The fakes not only end up damaging your door, but they will inevitable double, or even triple, the original price. Forgetting you’re keys has just become a third of your monthly paycheck.

    Chicago Locksmith

    At Chicago Locksmith, we provide 24/7 emergency locksmith services and we guarantee we are the real deal. You can call us or come down to our location to check us out. We promise we are a legitimate business that treats you, the customer, fairly. Ask us about our license and our experience. Whatever you want to know, we will answer and ease your worries. That way, the next time you have an emergency lockout, you know exactly who to call.

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  • Lock Picking

    Posted on June 26th, 2013 0 Comments

    Locksmiths like ours all offer emergency lockout services. What does that mean? It means no matter the day or the time, we will be there when you lock yourself out of your hose, car, office, etc. But what exactly is it that we do? You must be curious and it’s always good to be informed, not matter the topic. Let’s look at some of the more popular ways professionals work on your locks


    Lock Picking

    A classic. You see it on all the shows and they make it seem so effortless. Insert the tool, jiggling it a bit, and voila! An open door. Is it really that easy? Well, that depends on how much practice you’ve had and your knowledge of the locks you’re picking. Most professional lock pickers have a lock picking set to assist them. While youtube videos can show you have to do it with paper clips and bobby pins during an emergency, you got to admit it would be pretty cool pulling out your own tool set.

    The basic idea with picking locks is that you insert the tools and mess with the pins until they slot into place and the lock is released. This may sound easy, but trust me; it’s really not if you’ve never done it before. Of course, professionals can get you into the door in a few minutes, but if you decide to give it a try, it’ll probably take a bit longer.


    Lock Bumping

    Lock bumping is another method locksmiths may use when you have an emergency lockout. They have something known as a “bump key” which they insert into the lock. This key is cut with even ridges. Once the key is inside, it is hit or “bumped”. The idea is that the force of the key being hit will cause the pins to jump. Knock it a few times and in theory the pins all jump into place and open the lock.


    Air Bags

    Inflatable airbags are occasionally used, depending on the situation. Armed with an air pump, you slip them between the crack of the door and the door frame near the lock. Inflate it and it should push the door away from the frame, creating a space that should be enough for the door to swing open.


    Credit Cards

    The classic Nancy Drew method of picking a lock. What you need is a flexible card. It doesn’t really matter if it’s a credit card or not. Actually, it’s probably best it isn’t considering the potential damage. Membership cards and gift cards work just as well. You insert in between the door and the doorjamb. Your goal is to catch the bolt and force it back into the door. It may take a couple of tries and a broken card, but this is the most simplistic method of picking a lock.


    Drilling

    Drilling a lock is usually the last measure locksmiths employ so if the one you hire goes straight to drilling, something is not right. What happens is that a drill is inserted into the lock and it destroys the pin inside. Once the pins are destroyed, you simply turn the lock and the door is opened. If that doesn’t work, a bigger drill has to be implemented. The problem with this type of lock picking is that it completely destroys the lock. There is no way to fix it so on top of paying to get your door unlocked, you have to pay for a brand new lock.


    Chicago Locksmith

    Chicago Locksmith is the name you want in an emergency. Serving the local Chicago area, we guarantee efficiency during your time of distress. No matter the time or date, we promise fair prices and expert services. All of our professionals are trained to be in and out in a matter of minutes. So save our number to your phone. You never know when you’ll need our services.

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  • History of Locks

    Posted on May 30th, 2013 0 Comments

    We think of locks as a relatively new invention and in a way they are.  The new innovations we have come up with has changed and improved locks so much that they are almost unrecognizable from their ancient counterpart.  And yet, locks have exists in this world for approximately 4,00 years, maybe more.  Let’s go through some highlights.

    The oldest lock known to man so far was found near and ancient Assyrian city called Nineveh.  Archeologists found it in the Khorsabad Palace ruins.  This lock was a predecessor of the traditional pin tumbler lock we know today.  It contained a wooden bolt that had several holes on top that were filled with wooden pegs.

    Next were the Egyptians who created the pin tumbler lock.  Because of this, they also created the first concept of keys.  This type of lock is the parent to the ones used today in our doors.  The Egyptian version of the lock contained several loose peg which we call pins today.  The key is inserted and the pegs move, falling into the slots of the key.  This causes the pins to align properly in order to unlock the door.

    Ancient Greece favored knots as opposed to locks.  They were known for using the Gordian Knot as a form of security.  They would use this complicated knot to lock up their doors and soon a knotted rope became the symbol of security.  This knot was supposedly created by the King of Phrygia, Gordius, who became king after he tied up his ox cart and the oracles proclaimed his title.

    In the Orient, brass and iron padlocks were preferred.  They were simple and portable.  The bolt of the lock was held in place by springs.  In order to release the bolt, a key would be inserted to compress the springs.  Many of these locks were ornately decorated.  They were often made in the shape of animals or engraved with characters.

    During the Medieval Era, locks were not used as often.  Instead, they used things called “living locks”, otherwise known as crocodiles.  Anything valuable would be stored and sealed in a box.  Then this box would either be submerged in water or placed on a small island.  This was convenient since many of the property at the time had moats.  The water contained hungry crocodiles to guard the valuables.  These crocodiles were carefully fed so that they would always be hungry.  Thus, it was impossible to steal from the water without getting attacked and eaten.

    In the 14th and 15th century, there were little improvements in locks.  Instead, the aesthetic of the locks can to the forefront.  The outside design of the lock became increasingly ornate.  Craftsmen would produce locks for cupboards and doors using detailed metalwork.  Masters of this would create a “masterpiece” lock that was never used.  Instead, it is often displayed so the world can look in and see its intricacies.

    As locks became more complicated, the art of lock picking flourished, especially around the 18th century.  In order to combat this, puzzle padlocks were created.  This can be recognized as the forerunner to combination locks.  The earliest examples of puzzle padlocks come from the Chinese.  They would have 3 to 7 rings of characters that needed to be properly aligned in order to release the catch.

    During Colonial times in America, the colonists preferred to use a type of locks called Latchstring Locks.  These locks had to be locked from the inside.  The bolt or wooden bar would be attached to a string and once the door was locked, the string would be threaded through a hole.  This was a sign of hospitality for visitors.  If the string was dangling, then they simply pulled and walked in.

    In 1844, the Yale Lock was created by Linus Yale Sr.  He used the Egyptian design on pin tumblers and improved it by adding more pins and changing their orientation.  This lock is one of the most popular types still used today.  As most doors need keys, they operate on the pin tumbler system.

    One of the simplest locks we still use, the push button lock, was created in 1920s.  Walter Schlage who created this won the “Modern Pioneer Award” for his basic yet innovative design.  Essentially, you push the button in the center of the doorknob to lock the door and turn the knob from the inside in order to unlock it.

    Locks are constantly evolving to make us more and more secure.  Yet, while locks look different on the outside than they used to, the insides still hold similarities.  Just as humans have evolved and improved over time, so have locks.  While the idea of the pin and tumbler system is still the same, its actual utilization has become more complicated with increasing number of pins.  The same goes for combination locks.

    It will be quite interesting to see where technology takes us next?  Will we continue improving on our old methods or will something new come along?  At the very least we no longer have to worry about getting eaten by a crocodile, right?

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  • Different Types of Safes

    Posted on May 21st, 2013 0 Comments

    You see all these claims about safes: fire safe, data safe, gun safe, but what does it mean?  What makes it different?  Which one do you choose?  Each safe has specific characteristics attributed to it making it compatible for different situations.  Consider you needs, then consider what each safe can provide.

    Fire-Proof Safes

    Fire-proof safes are, as the name would insinuate, meant to protect your valuables from fires.  They are also meant to protect them from high temperatures.  These safes are rated by the amount of time they can maintain a set internal temperature while withstanding an extreme external temperature.  The way fire-proof safes work is by releasing moisture contained in its insulation in order to keep temperatures below the set number.  Document safes and data safes fall under this category and are specifically targets to hold certain items.  The difference is the temperature they can stand.  Document safes maintain an internal temperature of no greater than 177°C to avoid the papers catching on fire.  Data safes go no higher than 55°C so that hard drives, CDs, USBs, etc won’t be damaged by the heat.  While the cheaper safes last for about half an hour, the more expensive and higher the grade, the longer it can withstand extreme heat.

    Burglary Safes

    Burglary safes are meant to hold up against burglars.  While no safe is burglary proof, there are some made to be more resistant.  These safes take another route to deter thieves.  The safeguards on these safes are meant to withstand attacks from the common tools used in burglary.  They are meant to discourage thieves from even trying to break in.  And even if they try, the amount of time and effort it takes will hopefully cause them to give up or to get caught.  The efficiency of a burglar safe is dependent on how long it takes to break into them.  The longer it takes, the more expensive the safe.  Some stand 15 minutes while others can hold up to 30 minutes.

    Gun Safes

    Like it suggests, gun safes are specifically meant to hold guns.  Though you can store other things in this safe, gun safes tend to be bigger so that they can hold rifles and larger types of rifles.  You can choose specific criteria for your gun safe.  Some are fire-proof and water-proof while others are might be burglary proof.  These safes have the option of being more decorative as it is possible to get them with a carved wood exterior so they resemble historical gun cabinets.

    Wall & Floor Safes

    The advantages of a wall or a floor safe is that they are hidden.  They can be fire-proof or burglary resistant or they can have the simplest form of security.  Their main defense is the fact that they are hidden from view.  Floor safes are installed into the ground and then covered.  If done right, you can walk over it without ever knowing it’s there.  Wall safes are often hidden behind paintings or pictures.  They can also be installed in closets and concealed by clothing.  It is another added security measure on top of the ones that come with your safe.

    Different safes cater to specific needs.  For example, jewelry safes are made with a jewelry box like interior including wooden drawers and fabric lining to hold your valuables.  Their security is no different, but they tailor to a particular situation.  It is important to know the advantages of each safe in order to find the right one for you.  Two of the most important features are fire-proofing and burglary resistance as these are the two situations most likely to arise.  Other traits to consider is whether the safe is resistant against water damage and microwaves.  Once you’ve picked the right safe, you can have the peace of mind knowing that your valuables will be protected no matter what emergency arises.

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  • Eviction Locksmith in Chicago

    Posted on March 4th, 2013 0 Comments

    At ChicagoLocksmiths.net we like to introduce our 24 eviction locksmith service to all landlords and building owner in the Chicago area.  If your renter doesn’t pay the rent and is not ready to leave your house and is threatening you, Chicago locksmith can help you with all your eviction procedure and can help you to change the locks or re-key them so your tenant can never enter the house again. Laws have to be strictly followed in such situations and we help you to determine if eviction locksmith service is your best option or not.
    The fact is that there are many tenants that don’t pay rents and then the renters have to actually take a legal action in order to protect their property. When courteous conversations with your tenant become impractical, at that point eviction is the only way to take control of the situation.
    4 Reasons to evict a tenant:
    1. Violation of lease or an agreement document is the major cause for eviction. For example if the apartment has a non-smoking policy and you find out that the tenant is smoking then the landlord should start the eviction process.
    2. If tenant is lazy and doesn’t want to pay your rent and keep making excuses then these are the type of people often evicted. Though if your tenant is late on the payment then you can create a notice of action. Give them a copy and keep one for yourself. This way you can show the court that previously you had given them a notice and had warned them about the situation.
    3. Regular wear and tear are fine but if there are serious damages like a wall completely demolished or broken bathroom then these are the bases for tenant eviction.
    4. You can evict a tenant is he or she is using it for illegal purposes like converting the apartment into a club or selling drugs and these are some serious conditions to file an eviction.
    Chicago Locksmith are skilled experts are knowledgeable with eviction processes. We follow and regard the significance of being on time and reliable. To guarantee a fast and easy eviction course of action, our specialists are trained to be at the area in as soon as possible.
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  • Advantages of getting Locksmith over DIY.

    Posted on November 26th, 2012 0 Comments

    The do-it-yourself method seems like the cheaper solution at first, but it can be a costly in the end. Trying to figure out how to install or fix something is time consuming and frustrating. Even if you use an instruction manual, the wording and images can be confusing and hard to figure out. However, a professional knows exactly what to do because they are trained in the field. It is best to hire a trusted professional for the job!

    • One advantage of hiring a professional locksmith is the assurance of a job well done. In turn, you lower the risk of encountering problems in the future. Locksmiths are skilled and professionally trained in the repair and installation of locks as well as other security mechanisms.

    • Another benefit of using a professional locksmith service is that they are always available to help! If you find yourself in a lockout situation, all you have to do is call for assistance. No advanced appointment is needed! Most locksmith companies provide services 24 hours a day, every day of the week including weekends and holidays. They specialize in emergency lockout situations, so you will not be left waiting for a long period of time.

    • If you try to do it yourself, you may not achieve the best results in the end. For example, installing an alarm system or any other advanced security device involves a lot of wiring and precision work. If it is installed incorrectly, the system will not be secure.

    • Juggling a busy work schedule and taking care of your family is already time consuming. The time spent trying to figure out how to install something could be spent relaxing. There is no need to waste time you don’t have when you can just hire a professional to get the job done right!

    • Locksmith companies usually provide services for cars, homes and commercial properties. Therefore, they can help you in a lot of different aspects.

    • A locksmith can answer any questions you may have and provide you with solutions. Locksmiths are well informed and educated about different security measures, how they work and of course how to install.

    Hire a professional locksmith like www.ChicagoLocksmiths.net

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  • The Advantages of Hiring a Great Locksmith

    Posted on November 21st, 2012 0 Comments

    We know that not all locksmith can do their job like changing a lock or cutting a key. But not all locksmith are great at what they are doing, this is why ChicagoLockmsiths.net decided to write 7 advantage of hiring a great locksmith.

    1. Hiring a locksmith company with great locksmiths assures that whatever job you hire them to do is well done. Therefore, there is a lower risk of encountering problems with your security device in the future.
    2.  Great locksmiths do not jeopardize your security or the security of your property in any way. They have your best interest in mind.
    3. Great locksmiths are trained in lock installation and repair services for cars, homes and offices. They can be of assistance in many ways.
    4. Your locksmith should be able to answer any questions you may have and provide you with helpful answers. A great locksmith is well informed about different security measures, how they work and how to install them.
    5. Great locksmiths are available whenever you are in need of assistance. They are available 24 hours of the day, all 7 days of the week even on holidays. In emergency lockout situations, they come equipped and work quickly and efficiently. You are not left waiting for long periods of time.
    6. They are trusted professionals that are respectful of you and your needs as the client. They are licensed, insured and have all of the proper credentials.
    7. Great locksmiths are flexible and create a work schedule according to your availability. They also help you find a solution that is within your budget.

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