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  • Safe Glossary

    Posted on March 23rd, 2016 0 Comments

    Name Brand Safes

    The majority of people’s conception of security extends to only door and window locks, but it’s a fact that protecting your valuables inside interior safes add an essential additional level of protection. For the peace of mind knowing that your valuables are being adequately protected, there’s no better bet than a safe. Whether you need to protect heirlooms, jewelry, or documents like birth certificates or business records, security safes will protect your assets like no other hardware can. There’s a number of different categories of safes; in this blog post I’ll detail the various types, and what they’re best for.

     

    Fire Resistant

    These safes protect their inner contents from high temperatures, and are given ratings according to the amount of time that they can survive fire temperatures while not letting the internal temperature rise above a certain amount. These safes range in fire safety duration from a half hour to four hours – safes installed within concrete floors are the safest, however since these safes are not watertight, they may fill with water from hoses or sprinklers in case there’s a fire. To be safe, place all items within fire resistant safes inside plastic bags.

     

    Diversion Safes

    This ultra basic safe is hidden within a normal household object like a book, a can, or even a wall outlet. These safes are meant to blend in among the rest of household items, and should be left among real versions of their corresponding objects.

     

    Jewelry Safes

    These – usually small – safes are specifically meant to store the eponymous jewelry or other small valuables – they are both burglary and fire proof, and usually have well appointed interiors made with fine wood or fabric – and sometimes with internal drawers or cabinets.

     

    Environmentally Resistant

    These safes are made to be waterproof – they can withstand extended underwater submersion for extended amounts of time.

     

    Burglar Resistant

    These safes are rated based on their ability to withstand the typical variety of tools that burglars use during break ins – they are rated based on the amount of time that they can withstand aggressive attack. These safes, while structurally resistant to forced entry, are not primed for water or fire resistance.

     

    Smart Safes

    These safes are designed to automatically give out or validate cash – think ATM machines or change makers. All customers or civilians can use them at their convenience – making things much smoother and cost effective for banking or business operations, and creating a controlled and surveilled transaction area.

     

    Fire Resistant Record Protectors

    This equipment has large insulated areas (containers, doors, drawers, or doors) that can house individually fire/environment/burglar rated containers with room for storing important records. The design of the compartments are organized based on class ratings for impact/attack resistance and safe fall tests.

     

    Room Sized Fireproof Vault

    This special equipment is meant to contain larger materials susceptible to heat ro fire, and can be a somewhat more practical choice over multiple fire rated safes, especially if you’re storing a large amount of items. These vaults are usually employed by larger business or government agencies, and carry some of the highest security class ratings for paper documents or data storage.

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  • Types of Safes

    Posted on October 15th, 2015 0 Comments

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    Safes are the standard security measure for protecting valuable assets. Whether inside your private home or business, a safe can give you the insurance that your precious items are secure. There are a wide variety of types and categories of safes that consumers can choose from – in varying degrees of structural integrity, and specific qualities. Below, I will describe the few different types of safes available for consumers, so you can figure out which category of safe suits your needs best.

    Deposit or Drop Safes

    These types of safes are especially popular in retail or restaurant environments. They provide the ability for any employee to deposit cash or important documents without allowing access to the main safe compartment. In almost all drop safes there is a door located at the top of the safe that can be opened to allow the deposit of precious items into the secure body of the safe – only accessible by key to authorized individuals.

    Fire Rated Safes

    These freestanding safes are designed to protect their contents in the case of a fire. They provide the security of knowing that your assets are safely protected, while in the unfortunate case of a fire, you can concentrate on the physical health and safety of your employees, patrons, or family. They are rated to last for a specific period of time determined by their manufacturer.

    Office safes

    These safes are common in retail and restaurant sectors – they can be bolted to the floor or left freestanding, and are often fire rated as well. They are drop tested to ensure that nobody can access the safe’s contents through repeated dropping.

    Data or Media Safes

    Information stored in any electronic device can be deleted by temperature increases. Paper inside safes can withstand temperatures up to 350 degrees, while electronic data can only withstand temperatures less than 125 degrees Fahrenheit. Data safes are made to be heat proof to protect the important and priceless information from any sort of high temperature or environmental damage.

    In Floor Safes

    These safes can be concealed in the ground under a protective/hiding layer of concrete. This is a popular choice in industrial or commercial fields due to the added security feature of it’s protective layering under a false floor.

    High Security Safes

    These robustly secure commercial safes are the highest security that you can find. These include the TL or TR categories of safes. These safes include multiple barrier levels to prevent drilling, and have additional locking mechanisms that are deployed upon detection of attempted forced entry. The additional security of these safes are often reflected in their steep prices – however for people with assets of the utmost importance, the investment could be worth the peace of mind.

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  • Preventive Steps in Home Security

    Posted on February 20th, 2015 0 Comments

    Chicago Locksmiths security blog

    Your home is supposed to be a place of safety and refuge. Yet an alarming rise in home invasion robberies around the country is leading many homeowners to believe safety and security is an illusion. It doesn’t have to be, if you’re willing to come to terms with reality and do something about it.

    It’s difficult to say for certain how prevalent home invasion robberies are as compared to residential burglaries. This is primarily due to the fact that FBI crime statistics don’t differentiate between the two. Nonetheless, a home invasion is inherently more dangerous because of the tendency of the perpetrators to use violent force.

     

    Understand the Enemy

    The power behind the home invasion is intimidation. In other words, home invaders act quickly and violently in order to instill fear in the hearts and minds of their victims. This fear enables them to do as they please once inside. Often times occupants are tied up or otherwise incapacitated, allowing the perpetrators to take their time going through the home. They can steal jewelry, electronics, credit cards, cash and anything else they believe is valuable.

    The first step in preventing home invasion is understanding the intimidation factor. Never open your door to anyone who might pose a potential threat. This gives you the upper hand and prevents potential invaders from assuming you are already frightened. If you decide to speak to a potential intruder, be firm and confident.

    Understanding your enemy also means knowing why you might be targeted. Most home invasions are not random; criminals come to your home because they’re looking for something. This means you need to be diligent about protecting your privacy. Be aware that the car you drive, the clothes you wear, the way you carry yourself and the way you communicate tells criminals a lot about you. Be private and carry yourself with confidence.

     

    Preventing Entry

    Home invaders use intimidation to subdue their victims; they use violent force to enter a home. To prevent such entries, you should start by installing double key, deadbolt locks in all first-floor doors. Also be sure to use four-screw strike plates as they make it more difficult for intruders to kick your door in. Solid core and steel doors are another good line of defense against home invasion.

    The reality of home invasion is an unfortunate part of the modern world. Learn how to protect yourself and your family.

     

    Key Preventive Steps in Home Security

        Install solid core doors, heavy duty locks, and window security devices
        Lock all doors, windows, and garages at all times
        Use the door peephole BEFORE opening the door
        Use four three-inch screws to secure heavy duty lock strike plates in the door frame
        Use your porch light to help you to see clearly outside
        Never rely on a chain-latch as a barrier to partially open the door
        Never open the door to strangers or solicitors
        Call the police if the stranger acts suspicious
        Alert your neighbors to suspicious solicitors
        Hold a family meeting to discuss home security plans
        Set the home perimeter alarm at night, if you have one

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  • ENTR Smart Lock by Mul-T-Lock

    Posted on February 16th, 2015 0 Comments

    Entr Blog Chicago Locksmihs

     

    New on the market is the Mul-T-Lock’s ENTR smart lock. It has the versatility to please every security conscious homeowner. We have put together a few tips for Chicago residents to get the most out of the Entr Smart Lock.

     

     

    Biometrics for the entire Family

    Everyone who actually lives in the home should be able to take advantage of the biometric entry system to allow access, regardless of whether they have a key or code. The biometric feature can be considered a replacement for a spare key hidden nearby – one without the risk of an intruder discovering the key and using it to access the home. Also, as a convenience mechanism, this feature frees other family members from the need to rush home in the event that someone is stranded outside. Upon installation, one of the first priorities should be ensuring that every family member who needs access is programmed into the lock and able to use the biometric scanner to gain access.

     

     

    Let Traditionalists Be Traditional

    Some people are simply adverse to technology. Most of us have met people who refuse to use common electronics like cell phones because the very idea of being in close contact with something they don’t understand makes them uncomfortable. For these people, the key or remote control key fob is probably the best option. While the lock should still be programmed into the biometric system for emergencies, having an actual key for everyday use can go a long way toward making them happy with the entry system.

     

    Use Temporary Codes for Temporary Access

    In situations where someone will have authorization to enter the home temporarily, like a cleaning person or contractor, being able to give them a code to do so is a terrific convenience. The temptation is to create a generic code to give to any such persons. This is a mistake that defeats the purpose of having a programmable lock. The danger when handing over a physical key is that someone could keep a copy after no longer being authorized to enter the home. Having an active code is no different from having a copy of the key. Unless you would feel comfortable handing over a key to someone and letting them keep it forever, delete access codes for these people as soon as they have no further business using it.

     

    Someone Needs a Real Key

    Even in a situation where everyone prefers to use the electronic entry methods to enter the home, at least one person in the family should keep an actual key handy. Things over which we have no control sometimes occur. Suppose a vandal targets the home and takes his primitive pleasure in bashing the lock with a stone – the most likely part of the lock to survive this mistreatment is probably the mechanical locking mechanism.

    By following these tips, the ENTR Smart Lock can be a boon to both the security and convenience of any family.

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  • The Evolution of Mul-T-Lock

    Posted on January 9th, 2015 0 Comments

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    Mul-T-Lock was founded by Moshe Dolev and Avraham Bahry In 1973. They entered the market with a 4-way multipoint lock; and, it made such an impact that soon Mul-T-Lock products were carried in the highest-security locksmith stores. Moshe Dolev and Avraham Bahry and the Mul-T-Lock brand became the emblem of the high-security market and in 41 years, that hasn’t changed.

     

    Sticking to innovation

     Moshe Dolev and Avraham Bahry built their first lock on an innovative idea. To remain leaders of an evolving market, both Moshe Dolev and Avraham Bahry needed to equip the Mul-T-Lock brand with fresh ideas and solutions to achieve new levels of security and set new standards and grades for new and existing products on the market. This included taking mechanical cylinders, deadbolts, key fobs, wireless locks and smartphone useable electronics to never before seen results.

     

    Loyal Partners

     Mul-T-Lock uses expert technicians to install and supply their products. Interactive®+, MT5®+ as well as electromechanical CLIQ e-cylinders are imperative to the new security market and take professionals to install and fix if necessary. When loyalty meets security results everyone prospers. The benefit of this helps stores stand behind their product and clients who purchase the product feel as if the investment was worth their time and money. Mul-T-Lock has built a business around loyalty.

     

    Whats ahead?

     With the onset of a heavy push to go digital with security, some users and retailers fear that these advances in security will be lesser accessible to them. For a complete access control panel like the SMARTair®, Mul-T-Lock has erased the worry and concern. In their 41 years, they’ve continued to do one thing incredibly well. And that is supplying information about their products in clear and informative ways. User interfaces with Mul-T-Lock are extraordinarily simple. Don’t fear the wireless.

     

    Mul-T-Lock is here to stay

     Mul-T-Lock USA, Inc. president, Roy Miller recently said that, “For me, and hopefully for our customers, there is a true value in my coming from the locksmith channel. Having been a part of this ever-changing industry for so many years, I’ve always been in a position to understand the specific needs and the unique challenges that our locksmiths encounter, but now I’m in a position to really do something about it. Now I can offer solutions made by a locksmith and for a locksmith; it’s very exciting.”

     If there is one thing for certain, it’s that what began with Moshe Dolev and Avraham Bahry is continuing with Roy Miller. The future of technology couldn’t look brighter than it does today. The Mul-T-Lock brand is about to promote one of the most profound evolutions to security. Residential properties and commercial properties are deploying these locks as quick as they can. There isn’t a better investment and more reliable results than those found at Mul-T-Lock.

     

    Mul-T-Lock Sold and Install in Chicago

     Chicago Locksmiths is a premier locksmith company that only picks the best locks for their clients.  Chicago Locksmiths install Mul-T-Lock deadbolts, handle sets, levers, knobs, electronic locks, light commercial locks and Mul-T-Lock residential locks. 

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  • Auto Theft in the US

    Posted on December 10th, 2014 0 Comments

    Chicago Locksmiths Auto Theft Blog

    Theft is obviously an issue and it can occur anywhere. Most often we publicize the nefarious bank heists, jewelry smuggling or the theft of famous artworks in Hollywood films. A national favorite is the famous theft by “D.B. Cooper” who fled, by parachute, from a plane with $200,000 in 1971. But let’s be reasonable here. Auto theft and home thefts are more likely to happen to grounded everyday citizens. That doesn’t make these thefts any less interesting however. Recently the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) released their analysis of vehicle thefts from 1960 through 2013 and the results were fascinating to say the least. We took the information and thought about its relation to home security. Here’s our lowdown:

    A Numbers Game

    The National Insurance Crime Bureau reported that last year 699,594 automotive vehicles were stolen. That details a 58% reduction in auto theft since 1991. In 1991 the theft was 1,661,738! To make sense of these numbers a few things must first be recognized. In the 1990s, the idea of a single vehicle for a family home became displaced. For one reason or another everyone in a household needed a car. As cars populated the roads thieves saw a cash crop. The main reason for this was that production offered cheap vehicles to a consumer market. But to some extent these automobiles are valuable and what one puts inside them even more so. But during that process they skipped some steps. They completely mismanaged auto security. But, its not all their fault, since that time we’ve replaced keys with computers, fingerprint technologies and voice-verification systems. These technologies amplify security.

     The decrease in theft percentage from then and now is just wild. That decrease is 437.71%. Some states saw their automotive theft remain the same or change very little, while other states adopted newer security technologies in their vehicles or benefited from other vehicles being safe— becoming something like a Müllerian mimic. So the increase in security helped everyone’s case and auto theft went on the decline.

     Homes Security

     We can draw a parallel to home security here. Since home security has been on the rise in consumer interest, especially in those cities with populations greater than 250,000, we’ve seen a steady decline in home invasion and burglary since 1960 as well. Although it might be emotionally painful to have one’s automotive vehicle stolen, think of how much more emotional it might be to have the most secure place in your life compromised. Valuables looted, generations of history taken from you without the slightest trace and more importantly the risk of your life and those around you. Home invasions do happen and unlike the chameleon auto approach, it’s best to adopt a form of property security that matches your security needs.

     

    Conclusion

     Today there are plenty of great solutions for commercial and residential properties that can keep them, their valuables and their persons safe. High-tech auto locks are leading the way. Personalized easy-to-use interfaces have revolutionized all former conceptions of what it means to be secure in today’s evolving word. If you’re concerned with security. Don’t stockpile yourself in to the negative statistics. Go see how you can protect yourself and the community around you by making upgrades to your home as soon as you can.

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  • E-key Technology: The Lockitron

    Posted on March 13th, 2014 0 Comments

     Lockitron

    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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  • Keyless Technology is Here to Stay

    Posted on February 5th, 2014 0 Comments

     

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    Smart Phones

    How many times have you lost a hotel room key? Most likely, a couple times in your life but help is on the way. As keyless entry technologies roar, hotels are beginning to adopt their use. Aloft Hotels in New York City and Silicon Valley are the latest guinea pigs adopting these technologies. Proposed technologies are said to gift one with a “virtual room key” while hoping that the check-in process is easier and that room key loss becomes extinct in itself.

     

    I dont want to wait in line

    Starwood CEO Frits van Paasschen believes that check-in lines are too easy to get swallowed in. So, with an Android 4.3 or higher and iPhone 4s or higher, smartphone goers will be able to skip the lines and the human interaction almost entirely. Although momentarily unclear, his vision seems to extend itself to all hotel management being tasked through smartphone use. He mentions, “… It will become table stakes for managing a hotel.” Whatever that means, we have yet to find out.

     

    Not Exclusive

    This feature isn’t going to be the exclusive access system. As far as we know, traditional losable keys will still be available for some time. The pilot program seems to favor persons who frequent these hotels and know the routine. Therefore they will favor an expedited entry, exit and payment option with their mobile wallet by clicking just a few buttons.

     

    How does it work?

    The technology at use is Bluetooth. What happens is this: your phone connects to a sensor in the door, (much like Kēvo by Kwikset), the technology renders your proximity and by using the app and like- binary codes allows you access to the room. The locks on the doors are battery operated, so in the event of a power outage they will still work in some way, but are possibly subject to Wi-Fi connection failure.

     

    Conclusion

    If all goes well, Aloft and W hotels will be equipped with these keyless entry, check-in and check-out technologies by 2015. That’s around the corner! Keep an eye on our posts to see what happens next. 

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  • The Yale Real Living Touchscreen Z-Wave Deadbolt

    Posted on January 27th, 2014 0 Comments

    Yale Real Living Deadbolt

     

    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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