Tag Archives: home security
Posted on October 2nd, 2020 0 Comments
In these days of COVID-19, many of us are working from home – and many of us are balancing that labor with maintaining a family and ensuring that everyone stays safe and sane. In this blog post, the home security experts here at Chicago Locksmiths will detail some excellent security tips for those still working at home.
Posted on September 23rd, 2020 0 Comments
Children sometimes have the potential to affect the general security of the homes they live in. This isn’t purposeful, but simply a risk – when it comes to security, there’s so many loose variables that need to be tightly watched and controlled in order to maximize safety. Since children can be spontaneous and mischievous, they can compromise home security without ever intending to do so. Here’s some ways that your children can mess with security plans, and how you can best mitigate these risks to make your household safe for children and adults alike.
Posted on May 28th, 2019 0 Comments
It’s estimated that about 200 burglaries occur on a daily basis in the United States, a number that measures to nearly 5000 burglaries a day. Here’s some unique and shocking facts and statistics about burglaries, as prepared by the home security experts here at Chicago Locksmiths.
Posted on April 27th, 2019 0 Comments
It may seem strange, but bugs, although minuscule, can actually pose a major security risk due to their ability to interfere with successful operation of security cameras. This can range from innocuous malfunctions, to false alarms or even disastrous failures of security cameras to protect your home or business. Here’s a guide from the residential security experts here at Chicago Locksmiths to keep insects and other pesky obstructions away from your security cameras.
Posted on January 31st, 2019 0 Comments
Most normal people don’t spend their lives browsing and perusing official statistics for burglaries and break-in crimes, so most normal people might not understand how extremely common these crimes really are. Residential burglaries are extremely common, and in many ways it’s a crime that hides in plain sight – especially since the majority of burglaries happen during the daytime. Here’s a breakdown of the statistics of home burglaries – so that our valued customers here at Chicago Locksmiths can understand how often these crimes happen, and the importance of maintaining a strong framework of residential security.
Posted on November 18th, 2017 0 Comments
Home upgrades aren’t just great times to improve the aesthetics and comfort of your home – they are also fantastic opportunities to improve your home security infrastructure! Here’s a guide prepared by Chicago Locksmiths about all the different security measures that you can take into consideration when you are undergoing a home upgrade.
Doors are one of the most commonly upgraded parts of a home. Without strong doors, your security is incredibly weak. When upgrading your home, assess how well your doors can hold up to physical attack. This includes all aspects of the door including it’s hinges and it’s frame. Of course, you’re going to want to consider exactly what’s behind the doors as well when you assess how important it’s upgrade is.
Door and Window Locks
This is an essential part of home upgrades unless you already have an incredibly strong deadbolt lock. You want to make sure that your door locks not only help keep unwanted people out, but don’t place people inside at risk during an emergency where they may have to quickly exit the property. Window lock upgrades should also be taken into consideration after testing the strength of your window locks – especially those that are easily accessible from outside.
Window films are thin protective layers that help increase the security and resistance of glass windows, elevating your security. They prevent burglars from being able to break through your windows to enter your property. They are hard to detect from outside and help make windows shatterproof – but should not be used on windows that are meant to be potentially used as auxiliary emergency exits.
Surveillance cameras can heighten your security when placed outside your front door, allowing you to monitor and maintain your home security. CCTV cameras help deter potential thefts or burglaries, and even a fake mock camera does a great job as a deterrent.
Every home needs a well functioning alarm system. THey help boost the security measures of your building, and often allow you to monitor the status of your home from far away – notifying you if there’s unapproved entry into your home, and automatically contacting the authorities.
Window and Door Sensors
Like alarm systems, these sensors notify you or the authorities if doors or windows are opened or tampered with in an unapproved context. They often come together with CCTV camera packages, but can also be purchased as stand alone equipment – and they really do help increase the layers of your home security. They are made up of a simple circuit that triggers an alarm when the circuit is broken. One great benefit of these sensors is that they are very difficult to spot, and are small and subtle.
Posted on November 18th, 2016 0 Comments
Advancements in Wireless Door Locks
Today, in 2016, we have a high level of advanced technology that can help make your life more organized and simple, while also increasing the level of security in your home. Your house, apartment, or commercial location are also susceptible to the technology upgrades that vehicular locks receive. Many lock manufacturers offer locks that you can remotely control from your smart phone or internet ready device. Every manufacturer maintains separate mechanisms for remote operation, and many don’t even require you to replace the door lock that you’re currently working with. If you install a remote control deadbolt, you can unlock your home so somebody can check on it when you’re away from home, or even let somebody who forgot their keys inside your home from a distance. These wireless locks can help one save cash if they often find themselves calling locksmiths due to lost or misplaced keys.
New Lock Technology
One particular brand that makes wireless locks that can be installed without changing your current lock system is the Lockitron – which can be placed right over your current deadbolt, and operates with wifi and bluetooth capabilities. Simply unlock the lock, place the device on it, and use it’s included mobile application to help lock and unlock the lock. This is a fantastically convenient option for property owners looking to minimize the time they spend looking for keys or unlocking their doors.
Another example of fantastic wireless lock technology is the Schlage Nexia, which allows users to wirelessly control deadbolts, as well as program up to nineteen separate security codes that you can use to unlock your door. You can give this code to separate members of your business and household, so that each can carry their own personal entry code. There’s also the possibility of programming specific codes that only work during certain parts of the day. This is a great option for business owners or homeowners who want to let workers in during the day, while they are at work; this way, people can enter your property when they are allowed to, and cannot when they are not.
The increasing popularity of smart phone lock control, as it gains momentum, will help home and business owners by making their lives much more fast, practical, and efficient.
Posted on September 17th, 2016 0 Comments
There’s an extremely wide range of consumer home security devices available on the market today. It can be hard deciding on which ones to buy for your home, simply because there’s such an extremely wide range of choices. In this blog entry, I’ll walk you through some of the products available today that can help you make your house smart and safe.
Schlage Sense Smart Lock
The Schlage Sense Smart Lock embodies everything that smart locks have the potential to be. For the most part, most automated lock devices are made to increase comfort and convenience for homeowners – but they absolutely still should be able to perform their primary function of providing stellar security! The Schlage Sense delivers- it can detect when somebody unlocks the door with they key or keypad and has a built in siren which will go off if someone tries to force the door open. In addition to these fantastic features, the Schlage Sense is equipped with an ANSI Grade 1 deadbolt, which is the highest security rating that deadbolts can be given. The lock can be remotely controlled through an application, and has an incredibly dense and durable lock cylinder that provides customers a high level of quality as well as a convenient and sleek interface.
This device primarily functions as a home speaker, however it boasts a wide range of other functions. It has voice activated automation integration functionality, that can help play music from streaming services, turn on your thermostat, and even unlock your front door.