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  • Working at 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.

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  • Home Security Tips for Households with Children

    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.

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  • 2019 Neighborhood Crime Stats

    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.

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  • Keeping Bugs and Obstructions away from your Security Cameras

    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.

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  • Residential Break Ins are Actually Quite Common

    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.

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  • Security Measures when Upgrading your Home

    Posted on November 18th, 2017 0 Comments

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    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

    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

    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.

     

    Cameras

    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.

     

    Alarm Systems

    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.

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  • Controlling Locks with smart phones

    Posted on November 18th, 2016 0 Comments

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    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.

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  • Smart Home Devices

    Posted on September 17th, 2016 0 Comments

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    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.

    Amazon Echo

    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.

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  • Going Out Partying Lock Risks

    Posted on May 17th, 2016 0 Comments

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    Drinking alcohol is one of the global pastimes of working (and indolent) people everywhere. For some people it’s a hobby; for others it’s a lifestyle. Casting an eye away from concern for your professional well being, in this blog post I’ll detail some of the ways that having a night out on the town drinking might affect your ability to enter your home – and lead to your need for a locksmith.

    Losing Keys

    When drinking, you might want to consider giving a friend your keys to hold on to. This prevents the potential of you getting behind the wheel of your car while intoxicated. However, if you’re giving your friend your keys, pay mind to whether they are drunk or responsible to make sure that they in turn don’t lose them. It’s also a risk to potentially forget the fact you gave your keys to your friend, or exactly which friend you gave them to. Fortunately to the alcohol consuming public, emergency locksmiths exist for a reason.

     

    Breaking Keys

    Alcohol can seriously affect anybody’s ability to maintain successful hand-eye coordination. Even simple actions like inserting a key into a lock become oppressively difficult; to use a clumsy metaphor about clumsiness, imagine if every time you wanted to touch your nose, you touched your foot.  Now translate that metaphor to trying to place your key into key slot. If you’re insanely drunk and the only thing you can think about is how badly you want to collapse into your bed, you might shove the key in the keyhole the wrong way, repeatedly, breaking or grinding off it’s details, or even worse, snapping it off inside the key slot.

     

    Breaking the Lock

    Alcohol can give people extra-human strength. Let’s say you forget your keys at the bar, or inside a taxi, and then get home, drunk, and all you want to do is get back inside. Some of the more confident among us might try to pick the lock – never a good idea for an amateur to attempt, especially when drunk. This could cause irreparable damage to the lock – damage that can be equalled or surpassed by manual attempts to force the door open – especially with the utilization of alcohol induced super strength. We’ve seen doors physically pried off their hinges by desperate intoxicated people – if you’re reading this you probably don’t want to even try anything like this, but just for the sake of safety, let us remind you – don’t even try it.

     

    Forgetfully Compromising your Security

    Even if you did remember your keys, you very well might forget to lock the door once you stumble inside and crash on the couch. It’s no surprise that the majority of crime happens between the hours of 2-5 in the morning; it’s when criminals expect people to be drunk and vulnerable, leaving themselves exposed to the dastardly machinations of others. In certain areas heavily populated by young people, criminals have been known to try opening street level doors, knowing the chances that one might have been mistakenly unlocked. Don’t leave yourself exposed to this threat.

     

    Reducing your Chances of Drunk Lockouts

    • If you know in advance that you will be drinking a lot, make sure to get good rest the night before, eat well during the previous day (and throughout your evening of drinking,) and most importantly, stay hydrated. It’s going to help your body deal with the effects of alcohol in a much more comfortable and healthy fashion, so that you can have your mental bearings when you arrive home.
    • Make sure to be drinking with people that you trust. This makes it easy for you to leave keys with them in case you need them to hold them for safekeeping. Never leave your keys or phones with strangers that you don’t know.
    • If one of your friend is the designated driver, make sure they carry everyone’s keys as well just to be safe. Since they (hopefully!) won’t be drinking, they will be able to keep tight track on the keys.
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  • Keep this information in mind while buying a safe.

    Posted on April 3rd, 2016 0 Comments

    How to Evaluate if a Safe is Right for You

    Here at Chicago Locksmiths, we make our primary objective the long-lasting safety and security of your household or business. The safety and integrity of your household also includes material objects – family heirlooms, important documents with vulnerable information, jewelry, and electronics are all of primary importance to be protected. Even when the perimeter of your home or business can be made secure with door and window locks, it’s wise to stay aware of the exposed and vulnerable nature of any valuables that may be left out in the open inside the home. If any of these objects are truly cherished and important to you, it’s important that you get a safe for the inside of your home or business. Due to the extensive variety in brands, sizes, and constructions of safes, Chicago Locksmiths provides you with a critical range of tips in order to help you understand exactly what your needs are, and what kind of safes can help you meet these needs.

     

    What belongings need protection:

    Not only do you have to consider the monetary value of all your items, but also what their size is and what kind of material they are made of. Documents with pertinent personal information, jewlery, photos, and small and expensive electronics are all items that are commonly put into storage inside safes. Some safes are heat resistant, which is an excellent option when you’re dealing with paper. This is a wise option for any digital hardware or software that you’re storing as well, as digital information is vulnerable to heat. If you have a particularly priceless object or heirloom, it may be wise to store it in a floor safe that obscures even the safe from view. Whatever kind of item you need to store will help provide you some sort of guidelines as to what safe to invest in.

     

    Compare the price of the safe to the value of the objects that you’re storing.

    Even if you’re certain that you need to purchase a safe, the solution isn’t to simply go outside and purchase just any safe. You’re going to need to consider the full monetary and sentimental value of what objects you want to store. If the value on either end is very high, you should consider getting a high security safe, which are often somewhat more expensive. If the objects are more valuable along the sentimental end of things, rather than monetary, a regular safe will suffice.

     

    How big is the inside of the safe?

    This might be somewhat implicit, but on a sheerly practical level you want to make sure that you can buy a safe that fits all of the objects that you want to store; in fact, Chicago Locksmiths recommends that you purchase a safe that’s larger than you originally estimate for your needs; it’s likely that once you have a safe you’re going to acquire more items that you’re going to want to store in the future. By anticipating future needs, you will always stay ahead of the curve.

     

    Where will you place your new safe?

    The area in which you plan to keep your safe will help determine what the style, material, and size of the safe needs to be. First, if you have an idea of where you want to keep the safe, measure the area precisely – and use those exact measurements to purchase a safe that’s the exact right size. Additionally, figure out what sort of environmental mitigating factors are present in the space you’ll be keeping the safe; is there excessive heat (or the risk of heat) present? Is there excessive moisture (or the risk of moisture, like a wet basement in a flood prone area) present? Answering these questions will help you determine exactly what kind of material the safe should be made of – whether you want it to be heat proof (and at what level), water-proof, or both.

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