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  • E-key Technology: The Lockitron

    Posted on March 13th, 2014 0 Comments

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    E-keys are unique because they improve upon the faults that traditional keys have. You cannot lose them and permanently compromise your security. If you’re late to come home to meet someone like a family member or a friend, you can send them an e-key and tell them to make themselves at home before your arrive. You can’t do that with a traditional key. Oh, and you can retract the e-key if you change your mind. Traditional keys cannot offer these options. E-keys significantly improve on these points. We’ve seen a number of keyless locks let’s see how this compares.

     

    What does the Lockitron boast?

    • Send an e-key to anyone, wherever they are and at any time.
    • Temporarily disable or permanently delete a user from the system.
    • E-keys have no expiration.
    • Traditional keys, and keyfobs are available
    • Access is as simple as walking up to the door.

     

    Usage Tracking

    • See who sent or accepted an e-key
    • See who was enabled or disabled access
    • See who was deleted from the system
    • See real-time push notifications when someone knocks on the door.
    • Check to see if you door was locked or not for peace of mind.

     

    The Lockitron is compatible with all phones and doesn’t need WiFi access to be used. The great thing about the Lockitron is that it has 24/7 support, so that if a phone is lost your locks won’t be vulnerable once you’re able to get into contact with a technician. We really like this lock. It’s one of the first big competitors we’ve seen take aim at the Kēvo by Kwikset. This lock hits the e-lock security market at the right time. Products like the Danalock by Poly-Control and The Yale Real Living Touchscreen Z-Wave Deadbolt, have drawn wide interest. All are different in appearance; all apply the functionality at the sake of being user-friendly, reliable and most importantly safe. 

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  • The Future of Key Copying

    Posted on March 6th, 2014 0 Comments

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    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.

     

    Security

    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.

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  • Inexpensive Ways to Increase Your Home Security

    Posted on February 27th, 2014 0 Comments

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    Unfortunately there’s no massive yearly sale for home security systems. But we wish there was. It’s hard to upgrade security and at the same time ensure that you’re on the best end of the purchase. Here’s what we’d do in your shoes to capture the best sale when you’re in the market for an upgrade.

    15 Inexpensive Ways to Increase Your Home Security

    1. Fake Video Camera

    Some people don’t want CCTV camera systems, but would like others to think that they have that advanced security. Whether you can or cannot pay for the service, or just don’t want the actual security system, installing faux cameras can deter burglars. Just make certain that they appear real enough to deter.

     

    2. Pull the Flyers

    Flyers, coupon books, and the yellow pages, when not cleaned away, show you’re not home, often. Clean up. Appear like you’re home.

     

    3. Keep the yard clean

    Keeping the yard clean is an effective way to deter burglars. If they see that you’re not clipping the hedges and mowing the lawn, chances are you’re on holiday. Make sure you have someone keep the yard clean regularly, especially if you’re going to be away for an extended amount of time.

     

    4. Electronics

    Try not to leave your new computer, tablet, or plasma television boxes outside and in plain view. The best way to show a burglar that you have valuable items is to advertise them. Next time you get an electronic item, break down the box and fold the cardboard inside out. While protecting your belongings you’ll also be helping out with recycling.

     

    5. Put the Ladder Away

    Often times that second story window only seems scalable by spiderman. But, if you leave that ladder out any old man can climb on through the hatch and start to ransack.

     

    6. Social Media

    Internet hacking has been around for a while… For all you people that take those big fancy vacations, don’t post that you’re in Asia having an exceedingly swell three week vacation. Unless you wanted a home cleansing experience, don’t post this stuff to the worldwide web.

     

    7. Snow Tracks

    If there was a time to not cover your tracks this is it. Burglars can easily see if someone has been in and out of a home by the amount of footfall or tire marks set in the snow. Ask your neighbors to make a few tracks while your away. Even snow angles deter the burglars.

     

    8. Quick luggage loading

    Suitcases mean your going somewhere for an extended amount of time. If you load your baggage slowly into your vehicle, this gives time to someone who may be passing by to observe if you’re leaving town for a while. Load quickly.

     

    9. Hold the mail

    If you’re mail box gets full, or packages are sitting on your doorstep it indicates you’re not home. Have the post office put a hold on your mail until you return.

     

    10. Upgrade or Quick Fix Windows

    Upgrading your windows isn’t that expensive, but if you can’t do it, place a dowel or a broom handle on the window or sliding glass door so that if the door or window is pried it will not open.

     

    11. Speakeasy

    Hiding your belongings may be a useful tactic. If you have decent hiding places in your home use them to put your valuables away. Most burglaries occur within 8 minutes. The more difficult your valuables are to find, the less likely they are to be stolen.

     

    12. Light Sensors

    Light sensors or motion sensors which activate lighting can be significant deterrents to home invaders. They are cheap and easy to install. Plus, new technologies can send real-time updates to mobile devices to ensure you’re up-to-date with what’s going on at home.

     

    13. Alarm Viewing

    Keep security systems out of sight from windows and doors. If for some reason you’ve forgotten to turn the alarm on, you won’t alert a burglar that they should enter unconcerned.

     

    14. Security Decals

    Security decals, although maybe not representative of an actual system, can sometimes be effective. Security companies like to show that their product is being used by community advertising efforts. Buy some false advertising. It may actually benefit you this time.

     

    15. Reinforce Your Locks and Doors

    Reinforcing your locks and doors is not that expensive. Plus, lock-rekeying is an effective way to promote your safety without having to replace an entire locking system. 

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  • What is a Rim Lock?

    Posted on February 12th, 2014 0 Comments

     

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    A rim lock is essentially a type of locking system that can be attached to the surface of a door. It looks like a box that is located directly beneath the doorknob on a door. The rim lock is usually attached on the side of the door that is facing into the room. Ordinarily, there will be a keyhole on the rim lock as well as the knob that will activate the lock itself.

    Locking System

    This type of locking system has two different ways to lock the door. The first way is to use a key. By inserting a key into a the keyhole that is on the rim lock and turning it to the right, the lock on the door will be moved so that the door cannot be opened without moving it again. This is a more common type of method of locking the door and is merely available on the rim lock for convenience. The second way that a door can be locked using a rim lock is by turning the knob that is on the rim lock. The knob will essentially work the same way as the key. When the knob is turned, the lock is activated and will move so that the door cannot be opened without moving the lock back into place. Some rim locks can be opened again with the appropriate key, while others can only be opened by reactivating the lock from the other side.

     

    Variations

    There are a few different variations on the rim locks, as well as ways that customers can customize them to fit their decorating needs. They can either choose to make their rim locks look antique, or they can choose for them to look modern. Some rim locking systems will have chains attached to provide a second level of security, while others will merely have a deadbolt.

    Rim locks can be purchased both from online retailers and traditional stores. Both retailers will be able to ensure that the customer purchases the most appropriate locking system for his or her door and is fully satisfied with his or her purchase. 

     

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  • Bicycle Locks

    Posted on January 29th, 2014 0 Comments

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    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.

     

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    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

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    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.

     

    Conclusion:

    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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  • Installing a Deadbolt Lock

    Posted on December 17th, 2013 0 Comments

    A deadbolt lock is one of the most effective and easy ways to add more security to your home and achieve peace of mind. Installing a deadbolt for the first time can seem difficult and even a bit confusing. Once you get the hang of it, you will find that it truly is the easiest way to enhance your home security. Follow these simple installation steps to install your new deadbolt.

    Determine the Setback of the Deadbolt

    A setback is the location of a deadbolt on a door frame, in relation to the standard door lock. Most people place deadbolts roughly six inches above the standard lock. Measure and mark where you will place your new deadbolt.

    Drill Holes for the Deadbolt

    Drill a hole that is roughly 1 1/2 inches wide over the area that you marked. A hole saw may be used to do this. After you have drilled the hole, check and see if it reached the other side of the door. If not, you will need to use a bit to drill through the other side of the door.

    After drilling the hole through the door, you will need to drill another hole into the center of the door’s edge. Use a 7/8 inch spade bit to do this. Drill an additional 3/8 inch space near the backside of it.

    Secure the Deadbolt

    Before attaching the deadbolt, secure the bolt inside the hole located in the edge of the door. Mount the plate with two screws. Carefully insert the deadbolt cylinders, ensuring that they are correctly placed. Secure the driver bars with screws. Drill two 7/8 inch holes that are roughly 1 inch deep on the doorjamb. Make sure it is flush with the center of the bolt location. Attach the deadbolt plate in place using screws.

    Attaching a deadbolt properly is not difficult, but does require a few tools. Make sure that you have the proper equipment prior to attempting to install a new deadbolt. Take your time with the installation, and make sure that the holes are even and chiseled. This will ensure that your new deadbolt has the best possible fit and will work properly.

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  • What Locks Are Best For Your Home

    Posted on August 29th, 2013 0 Comments

    Locks serve one purpose which is to protect from unwanted intruders and keep your home or business safe.  Lock protect you, your family, your belongings, and everything else you care about.  Lock provide a peace of mind when you are home alone or when you leave for an extended amount of time.
    This is why you should get the lock that is right for your home.  With some many choices, how do you know which one is best?  Well, there are certain ones you can cross off your list.  Electronic locks with access control are more advanced and are usually used in commercial buildings because there are sensitive files and information inside.  So what locks are best for your home?
    Deadbolts
    For the home, deadbolts are the number one choice.  For one thing, they are harder to break into.  They tend go 6 or more inches into the keyed entry which means it is nearly impossible to wiggle it open with a credit card.  It’s also advisable to get locks with six pins.  This makes it harder for thieves to pick the lock and will either give you time to react or deter them entirely.  When purchasing a deadbolt, look for one that is saw-proof, free spinning, and has hardened steel pins.  All this helps make the lock stronger and harder to break.
    Mortise Locks

    Mortise locks are classics.  Though less tamper-proof than deadbolts, they are a staple in homes.  They have been trusted for decades to protect the home.  Mortise locks are mounted within the door making them harder to drill out.  They also come in different lengths so you can find the right one for your front door.
    Jimmy Proof Deadbolt


    The great thing about jimmy proof deadbolts is all in its name.  It can’t be jimmied.  Because of the way it is built, it is impossible to slip in a credit card or to try to manipulate the door into opening.
    Lever Handle Locks


    Lever handle locks are perfect for interior doors.  It only locks in one direction and unlocks once you’ve turn the lever.  This is great for bedrooms and bathrooms because that means no one can get in once you lock it, but you don’t have to worry about unlocking when you leave.
    Lock set

    Lockset give the home the flexibility, functionality, and durability. Offering multiple finishes, lever options, and trim selections. Which can be used for broad range applications.

    Get All Lock Installation in Chicago done by a Licensed Locksmith

    Hire the a well accredited locksmith in Chicago, IL to do all lock installation or locksmith services. Whether it’s our high level security M Series Heavy Duty Mortise Lock, our heavy-duty X Series Cylindrical Lock, or our Z Series Grade 1 Cylindrical Lock, Design Hardware gives you the best in selection.

     

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  • 3 Steps Of Lock Repair

    Posted on August 21st, 2013 0 Comments

    Broken locks are always annoying. Your safety is compromised and now you have to find the time to get the lock repaired. If you are in the Chicago area, consider calling Chicago Locksmiths for some help. We have a 24 hour emergency service that is waiting to help you. We will reach you anytime, anywhere in Chicago. Where it’s a residential lock, commercial lock, or car lock, we know exactly what to do. Our employees are all experts in locks and will fix your locks properly and efficiently. There are a number of ways to go about repairing a lock. The one you choose depends on the situations in which your lock broke and your personal preferences. Each one has its own pros.

    Broken Key Extraction

     

    Sometimes keys break. It’s rare, but it happens. It snaps in half and the key is stuck in your lock. You poke at it and try to pull it out, but all you accomplish is breaking your nail. Our locksmiths have the expertise and equipment to extract your key without damaging the lock. All of our company cars have the latest technology in the locksmith industry. We can extract keys from simple tumbler locks, car locks, and even the ignition.

    Lock Re-Keying

     

    Re-keying should be considered for a number of reasons. With re-keying, there is no need to replace the entire lock. It is the less expensive option. If for some reason your key stops working, consider re-keying your lock. Or if you think the previous occupant of your home still has a key, it might be safer to re-key your lock than risk them entering your house unannounced. It is also a good option if you have lost your keys. You never know when a stranger might use them to break in.

    Lock Replacement

     

    If your lock is beyond fixing you might want to consider replacing your entire lock. Actually, you might not have much of a choice in the matter. It guarantees your safety though because you know that no one else could possibly have a copy of your key. Chicago Locksmith has a selection of locks for you to choose from. It’s a quick and easy process and you can choose how complicated of a lock you want.

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  • Key Selections at Chicago Locksmiths

    Posted on August 7th, 2013 0 Comments

    Keys are a part of our everyday life.  We have a bunch of them hanging off our key chain at all times.  One for our front door, one for our back door, one for our bedroom door, one for our safety deposit box, etc.  They all look the same as well, a nondescript shiny silver or gold.  So why not make them a little more interesting?  Currently, Chicago  Locksmiths have a selections of key designs to choose from any personality.  Check out some below!

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    You like the normal silver color of keys?  That’s fine.  These keys stand out not because of prints, but because of the cute designs on top.

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    There is always a key for sports fans.  Whether you support the Chicago Cubs or of the New York Mets or the LA Dodgers, you can get your team logo on your keys.

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    This is a calm, serene design.  Who wouldn’t want a key with a picture of the swirling universe on it?  It’s very in these days.

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    Here’s an iconic cartoon character!  If you’re a fan of the Pink Panther these are the keys for you.  Don’t lie!  You know the theme song popped into your head.

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    If you’re a Harley Davidson fan, you might like these key designs.  The tattoo-esque style is sure to make your keys stand out.

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    These are perfect for your punk princess daughter.  A little bit of pink, a whole lot of black, and feminine design with the right bit of edge. Get your key duplicated at Chicago Locksmiths


    Tips

    If you are feeling really unique, maybe you can find some antique keys.  You might have to switch to antique styled locks, but when you consider the overall effect, would say it’s worth it.

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