Category : Lockout Services
Posted on April 21st, 2014 0 Comments
To keep you and your family safe, it is imperative that you choose a lock that can withstand a break in attempt. Durability, functionality and strength are characteristics that any homeowner should look for in a door lock. Below are a list of top five locks in Chicago home that consistently get solid reviews from homeowners and police officers. They are a smart investment for the health and well-being of any family.
1. Schlage Plymouth Keypad Entry with Flex-Lock
A great combination of beauty and functionality, this lock offers homeowners with all of the protection that comes with key less entry. Smudge resistant keys ensure that would-be villains cannot easily get into your home. The Plymouth offers you the flexibility of automatic re-locking. This is perfect for families with children who otherwise have a hard time getting out of their door with the house secured. The lock is ANSI grade 2 certified, and it is strong enough to withstand a break in attempt. If you want flexibility, performance and safety, then the Schlage Plymouth Keypad Entry with Flex-Lock is a solid choice for you.
2. Kwikset Kevo Single Cylinder Bluetooth Enabled Deadbolt
This lock offers you the ability to control the lock to your house with the touch of a button on your iPhone. eKeys are a smart way to ensure the safety of your family since they cannot be replicated, and they can never get lost. This Kwikset deadbolt is made of heavy-duty materials that can withstand tough blows. The product is a good choice for those who want to blend safety with technology.
3. Schlage Camelot Keypad Entry
This lock gives you ANSI grade 2 protection with the convenience of key less entry. It is durable enough to deter thieves yet stylish enough to showcase on your front door. It’s lighted keypad also makes it easy to use at night.
4. Medeco Maxum
With a 2 3/4″ backset, this deadbolt is one of the beefiest on the market today. The Maxum will keep you and your family safe, and it offers superior physical protection for the home. Medeco’s pick resistant technology make this a good investment.
5. Millennium Lock Ultimate Lock System
This deadbolt is as strong as they come. The unique sliding design of this lock make it popular among today’s homeowners. The lock is ten times stronger than other deadbolts, and its shock absorbers prevent metal fatigue and break in.
Posted on April 10th, 2014 0 Comments
The lock on your home or apartment door can suddenly stop working at the most inopportune moment. Take a second to figure out what’s not working and follow the steps listed below for each common door lock problems.
Key Won’t FitIf the key won’t fit in the lock, check that you have the correct key and then spray the keyhole with lubricant. If the temperature’s below freezing, warm up the key and insert it in the lock slowly several times to melt the ice. If the key goes into the lock and won’t turn, try applying pressure up or down on the door handle.
Key Broken OffUse pliers to grip and pull the broken key straight out. If you can’t get a good grip, slide a coping saw blade into the keyhole teeth out to grab the key and pull it out. If the key is still stuck, remove the entire lock cylinder and insert a stiff wire into the slot at the back to push the key out.
Misaligned Strike PlateIf the latch won’t catch, check that the vertical strike plate on the door frame is lined up with the latch. If the strike plate is misaligned, you may have to create a new mortise into which to place the plate or you may have to shim out the door’s hinges.
Dead-latch MalfunctionThe dead latch is that part of the sliding latch that does not extend into the hole of the strike plate and thereby prevents manipulation of the latch by a knife, credit card or other pointed object. If the dead latch is not working correctly, re-align the strike plate.
Deadbolt Not ExtendedA deadbolt should fully extend into the hole in the door frame. If it doesn’t, you may have to increase the depth of the hole. If the deadbolt binds on the edge of the hole, you may have to re-align the entire door by shimming the hinges. Be sure the strike plate for the deadbolt is firmly attached to the door frame with screws that are at least 3 inches long.
Master PinsIf your home is newly constructed along with many others nearby, your door lock may contain extra master pins that allow the building contractor to use the same master key for several houses at once. These master pins are useless once you move in and can become a problem. Replace the entire lock. Choose a professional locksmith company like Chicago Locksmiths to get the job done right.
Posted on April 1st, 2014 0 Comments
Keyless entry systems rely on a small transmitter to unlock the car. The transmitter is located in the key fob. When the transmitter triggers the receiver, the door is unlocked. The receiver inside the car is programmed to respond to a certain frequency and code combination.
How does the keyless entry system work?
When a button is pushed on the key fob, a radio transmitted issues a signal containing a code. If the receiver recognizes the code, it acknowledges it by opening the door. Every system for each car with a remote keyless entry system has a set of rolling codes. Every time the remote is used, the codes are changed. The code is transmitted to the receiver every time the person makes an attempt to unlock or lock the car door. A 40-bit code enables for the use of over a trillion combinations. The code is encrypted, making it difficult to access.
Why is the keyless entry system secure?
The system relies on codes and the latest encryption technologies to keep the car secure at all times. It is difficult to gain access to a car with this technology enabled. Incidents involving a car being stolen using a keyless entry system is rare. It is quite difficult to crack the code.
Can the signal to a vehicle be intercepted?
The process of grabbing an encrypted code to unlock another vehicle is possible. All that is needed to accomplish is temporary access to the code. While the person unlocks the vehicle, someone could intercept it and clone the signal. This makes it possible to gain access to the vehicle in your absence.
Unlocking the car door
When exiting a car, there are several ways to lock the door. Doing this from within the car using the lock button inside the vehicle or locking the car manually with a key is the safest way to lock the vehicle. If walking away from a vehicle, you can use the remote keyless system via your keychain. This secondary method transmits the code and makes it possible for a third party to gain access to your vehicle.
The most important thing to remember is that it is still quite rare for one to gain access to your vehicle using the keyless remote entry system but it isn’t impossible. Minimizing the use of your key remote chain reduces the number of times the signal is transmitted.
Posted on March 6th, 2014 0 Comments
KeyMe copies keys. That’s it. But they do it through advanced scanning technology and robotics. According to them, although we have no actual science to back this claim, their keys are more accurately cut then at locksmith and hardware stores. Right now KeyMe has 24/7 kiosks around the city, five or so. At the kiosk you can print a key within minutes. If you need a key for delivery they can do that. And it doesn’t take too long. It costs about $20.00 to complete the order. Shipping and same day is also available. You can do all of this by adding their phone app and scanning your key into the cloud. Once it’s there, you’ll never have to fear throwing money into a locksmith’s pocket for a lockout again. The kiosk key costs $2-$5. That’s possibly a 100% price difference upon a locked out scenario.
How does it work?
The first thing one does is download the KeyMe app. Once that’s downloaded, scan your key into the system. A small grid comes up. Your key should be about 4 inches away and under a white piece of paper for the required scan. From your phone you can request immediate keys or use a kiosk near you. It’s that easy. You can even go to a locksmith and have them duplicate the key if you don’t have the original on hand.
Here are the benefits so far
- Backup your keys
- Share and duplicate keys 24/7
- Request immediate delivery or planned delivery of keys
- Never again get triumphantly ripped off by a locked out service.
What are the security issues? Well, KeyMe has thought about that too: They promote that they store as little information about you as possible. They do not store information which links you to a residence. Well, that’s good. They also require verification of transaction. You need mobile registration and email certification for digital completion. At a Kiosk you need to finger print and credit card. Additionally, scanning of a key cannot be done in a “flyby” way. Meaning, someone can not just take a quick picture of your keys and get them duplicated. Email notifications are sent when any transactions are made to ensure your safety. The only issue we have is concerning how safe your information is on the cloud. They say it’s safe, but that would be the only thing to be weary of.
The Wrap Up
In reality, locksmiths are facing a lot of changes coming to their industry. Recently KeyMe teamed up with Shapeways and are working on how to scan and print keys on 3D printers. Overall, these scanning apps, and kiosks are only the beginning. Check out the current KeyMe locations. There are few, but they are coming to battle the E-key for the time being.
Posted on January 27th, 2014 0 Comments
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.
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.
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.
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.
Posted on January 6th, 2014 0 CommentsChicagoland 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:
Ba-Key-ryFrozen 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.
DeicerIt’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 VaselineThe 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 DeicerThere 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 trickSome 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.Need a Professionals Help from a Locksmith call Chicago Locksmiths 312.878.2715
Posted on July 25th, 2013 0 Comments
Locksmiths are a dime a dozen in Chicago. So how exactly are you to know who is running a legitimate and who is just trying to make some money? It can be hard, especially if you don’t know what questions to ask or the company is being uncooperative. Still, there are hints and clues you can find to know whether or not the locksmith you are choosing is doing honest business.
What’s Your Name?
Be wary when locksmiths don’t have names. Illegitimate locksmiths might work under a number of different names to avoid getting caught. If you call the number and they answer with the generic “locksmith services”, ask the company for their legal name. Also look for their name on their advertisements. Notice if the ad looks similar to another with a different name. This could be indication that it is the same company operating under different titles. Also, when they arrive, study their car. While some locksmiths do use their own cars for small and quick project, it usually doesn’t happen. Instead, locksmiths drive vehicles with their business clearly marked on it. It might just be lettering on the side of the car or it might be an the entire van. Either way there is usually something that identifies them.
Ask them for their license and identification. In the city of Chicago, the government requires all locksmiths to be licensed with the state. This makes it easier for you as a customer. A legitimate company will provide you with their license number when you ask. Just plug the number into the state site and you can find out if the company is above board in a matter of seconds. Also, when the locksmiths arrives to help you, they should ask you for identification to make sure you have the authority to request the door open.
Always get an estimate. A real locksmith will give a price range and he won’t stray from it. Ask for an invoice as well. Make sure any additional fee is itemized on the invoice including surcharges and mileage charges, etc. This invoice should include the name and address of the business. It’s easier to dispute the charge when you have physical evidence of the exchange.
Insurance is important. Legitimate locksmiths are all insured just in case. That way, if they damage your property the insurance will cover your losses.
If possible, you should pay for your service by credit card. Nowadays, almost all cards have built-in fraud protection. This means if the company is not legitimate and the card senses it will halt the transaction and you won’t lose the money.
Once you manage to find a legitimate locksmith, keep their number in your phone or their card in your wallet. You never know when you need them again. It’s better to have locksmith you can trust in an emergency rather than fumbling on your phone trying to determine which website is trustworthy while you’re locked out in the freezing cold.
Posted on July 12th, 2013 0 Comments
Locksmiths always say that they can a re-key lock, but who knows what that actually means? It’s easy enough to assume. They do something to the lock so that the old key no longer works. There are a number of reasons one might want a lock re-keyed. Maybe there was a break in. Or maybe you just lost your key and don’t want to risk someone trying to enter your home uninvited. Either way, the idea is simple enough. However, how exactly do locksmiths re-key locks?
Well, if you are adventurous or think of yourself as a regular handyman, then you should know that they sell DIY re-keying kits at hardware stores. Each brand has their own kit so before you head out to the store, make sure to check out the locks you want to re-key.
Now each kit is able to rekey six locks. It comes with pins, tools, and two keys. If extra pins are needed, those can be bought separate. The overall idea to re-keying each lock is the same. However, it is always best to read over the instructions anyway.
Insert the key and make sure the lock is unlocked. Then, use the wire tool in the kit and use it to remove the doorknob by inserting it into the knob hole.
Push the cylinder and pop it out of the knob sleeve.
Using the retainer ring tool, push it against the retainer ring to remove it from the cylinder. Keep the ring because it will be needed later.
You need to remove the cylinder plug. To do this, insert the key back into the cylinder and turn either right or left depending on the lock. Then, use the plug follower supplied in the kit and remove the plug. Make sure to keep a constant pressure. The plug contains the springs and pins in the lock. Though nothing will happen if these things fall out, it will be tedious to collect them all later.
Dump out all the old pins and insert the new key into the cylinder plug. Following the instruction sheet, insert the new pins. They are color coded so it shouldn’t be too hard.
Just as you took the lock apart, put it back together again. Stick the knob back into the door and voila! You have just re-keyed you lock!!
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