Call Now!

888-562-5691


888-lock-ny1
Our Emergency Service is Available!
  • Shed Lock Options

    Posted on January 23rd, 2018 | 0 Comments

    House with walkout deck and small patio area. View of wooden shed

    Do you want to maintain your Chicago home security, or that of your business? Doing so includes ensuring that all areas of your property are secure, including outdoor sheds. Regardless of the specific use or purpose of your shed, they all require the security that strong locks provide - but choosing the proper one can be complicated. Here's a guide from the expert residential locksmith at Chicago Locksmiths on how to choose the best type of shed lock.

    Padlocks

    Padlocks are usually used on sheds, since any size or shape of door can be fitted with a padlock with the assistance of a hasp. Once a shed door has a hasp in place, all you need is a working padlock - but it’s still necessary to make sure the hasps themselves are secure. Make sure to inspect the hasp once the door is secure - the hasp should never show any of its screws. If the hasp isn’t secure, it won’t make any difference what type of shed locks you have. Since the shed is outdoors, you also want to ensure that you have a hasp or lock that can withstand weathering. Locks or bolts that are rusted can cause sheds to be vulnerable, so make sure that you get a weatherproof padlock.

    Deadbolts

    Deadbolts aren’t always ideal choices for shed locks. It’s slim chances that you have the proper kind of door or door jamb for the correct installation of a deadbolt. But, sometimes garden sheds or similar structures can have normal door locks. If this is the type of structure that you’re working with you can look for garden shed deadbolts - but the door has to be thick enough to handle a strike plate to secure the deadbolt itself. You will have to cross bore into the shed’s door; remember, that a deadbolt is only useful when it is properly installed.

    Rim Latches

    The majority of shed doors are too thin for deadbolts, but you might be able to use a rim lock (or rim latch) even if the door is thin, making them a widely used option for shed locks. Rim latch hardware can be positioned outside of the door itself on the inside of the shed - however, in order to use them you will need to make sure the shed door lock is secured on the crossbeam on the door’s framework. Just keep in mind that if the door itself is incredibly thin, it may interfere with the efficacy of any type of shed door lock that you choose to use, as something as simple as blunt force can damage it.

    Share Button
    Author:
  • Car Security Tips

    Posted on January 23rd, 2018 | 0 Comments

    frozenlock

    Chicago Locksmiths excels at providing vehicular locksmith services to the entirety of the Windy City. In order to do so, we need to be experts at all aspects of car security. Here’s a brief guide prepared by our expert locksmiths on how to ensure that your cars are protected from theft.

    Keeping Doors Locked

    Make sure that your car doors are locked at all times including when you are driving. Car doors cannot be broken through with the exact same methods that door locks can be, but that doesn’t mean that car thieves don't’ have a ton of tricks up their sleeves to steal your vehicle. There’s many car thieves that are crafty and pay attention to every opportunity they have to steal a car, including car jacking, so make sure your doors are always locked.

    Never Leave your Car Fully Unattended

    Try to park in well lit areas where they will always be in somebody's line of sight, as car thieves usually prefer to attempt stealing cars parked in isolated areas where their actions aren’t visible.

    Don’t leave your car idly running

    Car thieves often wait for an opportunity where they find a car idly running as it’s one of the smoothest ways to jack a car. Make sure to adopt the practice of turning your vehicle off and stowing all your property away if you’re moving away from your car at any moment- and make sure to take the keys with you!

    Roll up your windows

    Windows are one of the most common access points for car thieves, so make sure that they are always rolled all the way up when your vehicle is parked. This is a big mistake, as it gives thieves direct entrance to your cars, where if given enough time they can forcibly start the car’s engine.

    Car Alarms

    Make sure that you have a car alarm installed or already present in your vehicle to help notify you or anyone in the vicinity of your vehicle that something shady might be going on. Most modern cars have keyless entry remotes paired with alarms - and you can even improve security through the use of a cruciform lock.

    Route Planning

    Make sure to have a vague idea of what your route getting to destinations are so that you are more prepared, and can be protected from the eventuality of a car thief catching you off guard when you’re stranded in a weird area trying to figure out directions. Of course, it isn’t always possible to have a detailed itinerary planned, but you really should do so when you can.

    Car Maintenance

    Make sure that your car’s door locks - and the lock’s cylinders, alarm systems, key fobs, and linked alarm systems are working properly. Without proper maintenance, it’s likely that eventually one of these systems will require repair, and without maintenance, you won’t even know if this is the case. Make sure to pay attention to how various systems of your car work as they function.

    Don’t Keep Valuables visible in your car

    When parking or leaving your car for any amount of time, make sure to place all valuables or objects that could inspire or tempt a potential car thief in your car’s trunk so that they are not visible. Sometimes, car thieves will do so much as to smash a car’s window simply to access objects that they’ve visually clocked as profitable to steal.

    Share Button
    Author:
  • Reasons Keys Are Turning In Door Lock

    Posted on December 8th, 2017 | 0 Comments

    Closeup women is opening the brown wooden door by turning the key in her hand.

    If your key continues to turn inside your door lock beyond the normal turning distance it can signal that there’s a minor to major malfunction occurring within your lock mechanism. This situation can call for a lock repair, or potentially a full lock replacement depending on the gravity of the error. Here’s a guide prepared by the experts at Chicago Locksmiths as to the various reasons your keys might be turning inside your door lock.

    Broken Lock Tailpieces

    The tailpiece is a major element that allows the lock’s latch or bolt to be activated - if the lock or latch cannot be engaged, the lock simply won’t work. Issues with tailpieces usually involve a disconnection that makes a separation between the two sides of the locks that makes it impossible for the tailpiece to properly rotate and activate the lock.

    Faulty Door Installation

    This usually occurs after DIY attempts to install doors - and highlights the importance of getting a professional to carry out all door installations. If the tailpiece cannot be properly connected to the rest of the lock mechanism due to a misplacement/misshaping of the door itself, it, again, cannot properly turn and activate the lock itself.

    Broken Lock Cams

    The Cam, like the tailpiece, helps activate the lock’s bolt or latch - and although they are often conflated within locksmith vernacular, they are actually different parts that carry out similar actions. The cam is a piece of hard metal or plastic attached to the back end of the lock’s cylinder and can motion the lock bolt to disengage or engage - and if it’s broken, it will not be able to either turn in its intended direction, or catch the lock properly, resulting in your key turning weirdly in the lock.

    Use of the incorrect Cam

    Since cams, like tailpieces, are 100% necessary parts of locks, if, somehow, the incorrect type or size of cam has been used within your lock cylinder, it will not properly ‘catch’ or allign in order to properly engage the lock (usually since it’s too small and cannot reach it.) This is just another example of the issues that can be avoided by having your locks installed and serviced by an expert licensed professional.

    Share Button
    Author:
  • Mailbox Locks

    Posted on December 18th, 2017 | 0 Comments

    Yellow letterboxes maded from steel have stainless locks

    Mailbox burglary is more common than publically estimated - and it can be quite serious, as if valuable information is stolen from your mail, you can experience identity theft and a whole slew of stressful theft related situations. Here’s a guide to the important facts that you absolutely need to know before you install a lock on your mailbox - or ask a licensed  commercial locksmith expert at Chicago Locksmiths to help you do so.

    What type of lock will you use?

    You first need to decide which lock device method you will use - from locksets and padlocks to locking mailboxes. Padlocks aren’t usually well suited for locking mailboxes, and can only work on a few that have a portion that a padlock can be successfully attached to. Locksets for mailbox locks are usually similar to filing cabinet locks, and they are usually also inferior to the locks used on doors in residential or commercial contents, like mortises or deadbolts. You can also choose to investigate locking mailboxes that have a built in, set in lock in the front - these sometimes allow your mail to be sealed in once placed inside through an access panel, like a coin bank.

    How will you get to your mail?

    This depends on what kind of lock you install with your mailbox. You need to make sure that the lock doesn’t prevent mailpeople from being able to place mail in your box, but also that it’s not so weak that random people can access it too. The best approach is to have a mail deposit slot, as mentioned above, and another entry method that allows for you to access your mail - usually being a set in lockset, but in some situations, padlocks can also be used, especially on outdoor mailboxes.

    What will the mailbox and it’s lock be made of?

    Since many mailboxes are situated outside, it’s important that they are made of weather resistant material that has longevity and durability in mind. You need to make sure that you also install with materials that are tamper proof, and cannot be forcibly opened up or even cut through. Steel is a fantastic option.

    What volume and frequency of mail will you be receiving?

    The size of your mailbox has to be determined by what kind of mail you expect to receive, as well as how much of it, and how often you will receive it. If you simply expect letters once in a long while, a small size will be sufficient. If you receive regular periodicals and magazines, you want a slightly larger size that can accommodate the deliveries without bending them. And, if you regularly receive delicate or large parcels through the mail, you will want to consider getting an official Post Office box, or installing a large mail retrieval access point - which will, in turn, require a larger lock.

    Share Button
    Author:
  • Security Measures When Upgrading Your Home

    Posted on November 18th, 2017 | 0 Comments

    blog_chicago

    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.

    Share Button
    Author:
  • Building The Best Retail Security

    Posted on November 23rd, 2017 | 0 Comments

    blog_chicago 2

    As with home security, the best practices for retail security involve placing multiple security layers on top of one another. Here’s a great guide as prepared by the experts at Chicago Locksmith to building an ideal security infrastructure and maintaining ideal security practices at your retail location.

     

    Assess the Retail Layout

    First analyze the layout of your location to help you figure out what security solutions should be implemented that won’t interfere with your existing security layers. Note access points, areas where items of value are stored, cash, and all exits. You want to structure your retail security according to a framework that works best with the type of business that you are maintaining.

     

    Re Enforcing Access Points

    Fortify your entrances and exits - maintaining and improving door locks, and considering their durability and longevity. Make sure to invest in high grade commercial door locks - we recommend mortise locks in commercial settings. Additionally, install window and door grilles on your property alongside with high security padlocks, and window security film.

     

    Cameras

    Surveillance cameras are an absolute must, allowing you to monitor customers and employees, minimizing loss of property. Install surveillance cameras on the entrances and exits of your store, near your Point of Sale systems, cash areas, and really any areas that anything could go wrong. Make sure to install them close enough to get a clear picture, but far away enough so that random people cannot tamper with them.

     

    Alarms

    Install alarms and sensors at all access points to prevent unauthorized access. You can also choose to install RFID alarm tags onto your products (ideal for clothing) that can alert you if anybody tries to grab a product and simply walk outside. This is an ideal use of security layering, as it provides protection from actions that a security camera might not catch.

     

    Bright Lighting

    Ensure that your lighting allows your security camera maximum capture coverage, as well as that all points of entrance, exit, and egress are well lit (for both security and safety purposes.) Motion sensor lights are a great way to cut your energy bill.

     

    POS Security

    Ensure that your Point of Sale systems are protected on both a physical and data based level. Physically bolt down your POS systems so they can’t be picked up and taken away, and lock all your cash drawers so that someone can’t just open them up. Cybersecurity is essential for preventing hacking and ensuring that all credit card information remains secure.

     

    Access Control

    Make sure that you implement key control as well as a security hierarchy in your business, in order to help restrict access to sensitive areas, or foster an environment where you will be more likely to notice any strange goings on. For example, only cashiers and managers should be able to log into a POS terminal giving them access to the cash. And only people approved to shut down the business at night or open it up during the morning should be given a key to provide entrance to the business when nobody is there.

     

    Cash Handling Protocols

    Set an official system of rules and process for handling all cash during the day, and at the day’s end, to ensure that no money goes missing before it ends up in your safe. As a general rule, it’s always best to implement as simple a series of rules among as few people as possible in order to guarantee compliance

    Share Button
    Author:
  • Broken Key FAQ

    Posted on October 3rd, 2017 | 0 Comments

    Here at Chicago Locksmith, we often receive calls regarding broken keys - one of the most common lock and door related issues in the industry. Our locksmiths are trained to handle this situation, and have long standing experience to get you a working new key in no time at all. Here’s some examples of the most frequently asked questions we get receive from our customers regarding broken keys.

     

    Do I have to replace my lock if the key broke off in it?

    Usually you won’t have to do so. Our locksmiths can get the broken aspect of the key out of the lock quickly - this is usually a simple and quick operation. However, we stress the importance of not trying textract the broken part of the key yourself, as you can cause damage to the lock this way.

     

    What’s the timeframe for a broken key extraction?

    These operations take under a half an hour.

     

    Do I have to rekey my locks?

    Nope. As long as you work with our talented locksmith professionals, the security of your lock will never be altered.

     

    Can you make me a spare key?

    Absolutely. As professional locksmiths, this is our bread and butter. We can do this with the pieces of the broken key, or with it’s biting code.

     

    Can I open my door by attaching two broken pieces of my key?

    Absolutely not. This can result in pushing the broken part of the key further into the lock, making it much harder to extract. When a key breaks off in a lock, make sure to contact a truly professional and trustworthy locksmith who can handle the job - don’t insert any random objects into the lock in an attempt to remove the key pieces, as this can complicate the damage rather than allowing you to fix it with an easier solution.

    Share Button
    Author:
  • Residential Rekeying FAQ

    Posted on October 7th, 2017 | 0 Comments

    Residential Rekeying FAQ

    Here at Chicago Locksmiths we often get asked questions about our residential rekeying process. Although it seems like it might be a straightforward process, rekeying actually contains many variables that can affect the efficacy of the entire operation. Here’s a brief guide to the most common rekeying FAQs that we receive from our loyal customers.

     

    Can this lock be rekeyed, or does it need to be replaced?

    Often you can rekey locks instead of fully replacing it. Good locksmiths will always provide rekeying as an option, and it’s always possible unless a major part of the lock is damaged or the customer desires a brand new lock. This is a cost effective and practical solution.

     

    How long does rekeying take?

    This depends on what type of lock you have. Experienced locksmiths can rekey a lock in a matter of minutes. However, some locks are more complicated which can lead to longer service times - but you can rest assured that the experts at Chicago Locksmiths can carry out any rekeying operation in no time at all.

     

    Can I try to rekey my lock myself?

    Rekeying is a much faster process when carried out by a professional locksmith. However when amateurs attempt to rekey locks themselves they often complicated things, and often damage the locks in the process. This is why we advise prospective customers against attempting to rekey their locks themselves/

     

    Should I rekey my locks if I just moved into a new house?

    Definitely. You never know who might have a copy of the key to your home procured before your move in date. There’s a possibility that your lock is master keyed, especially if there’s been any recent construction on it, which means that there’s definitely master pins still inside your lock - increasing the amount of keys out there that can be used to gain access to your home, property, and family.

    Share Button
    Author:
  • Types Of Car Keys

    Posted on October 9th, 2017 | 0 Comments

    Types of Car Keys

    There’s a wide variety of car keys that we commonly deal with in out capacity as professional automotive locksmiths. Here’s a brief guide to the types of car keys most commonly available today, as prepared by the experts at Chicago Locksmiths.

     

    Wafer Keys

    These keys are designed to open wafer locks and have grooves on the upper and lower parts of the blade. These double serrations are made so the key can be inserted in two ways, so the biting on both halves of the blade can move some wafers up and some wafers down. These locks are similar to normal pin tumbler locks. The wafers are spring loaded and the pins are raised to a height proportional with the wafers. The longer the wafer the deeper the lock groove, and vice versa. These locks do not’ offer fantastic security since there are many tools like Marshal keys, wave keys, and kiggle keys that can be used to open up the lock. Wafer keys can be upgraded with transponder chips that prevent thieves from being able to turn on the ignition of your car.

     

    Slider Keys

    These keys, not to be obvious, move sliders. They have a serpentine path cut into both sides of the blade, which, similar to as with wafer keys, can be inserted in two ways, and similar as raise or lower aspects of the lock. The sliders correspond to the path of the key’s cut, raising it to precise height. However, different from wafer locks, slider locks have multiple gates - with a single gate, the deepest one, being the one necessary to allow the lock to turn, and many additional false gates being present in order to provide additional security functionality. These are the ideal keys for the majority of smart key systems, as they are commonly integrated with electronic fobs.

     

    Transponder Keys

    These use multiple key systems in conjunction, the traditional slider or wafer key which unlocks the doors, or trunk according to normal pin raising/lowering principals, and a transponder chip - which fuses the technology of a transmitter and a responder in order to provide a unique and custom electronic signal that allows the key ring wrapped around the ignition cylinder to turn on the car. This security system will prevent unauthorized attempts to turn your car on if a misprogrammed or blank key is used. If a transponder key is lost you will need to program a blank transponder key to fit your car’s specific needs, a process which the experts at Chicago Locksmiths can easily carry out.

     

    Key Fobs

    This term describes the electronic remote part of a key that can unlock doors, open trunks, or even turn on the ignition in push button cars. They key fob works as a security token that authenticates that you are the authorized user through either near field communication, infrared, or Bluetooth technology. Some cars will automatically unlock when the key fob approaches its vicinity - these keys are known as smart keys, which can turn on your car before you are inside it. Key fobs can either be housed inside the key itself, or located in a separate device.

    Share Button
    Author:
  • Residential Rekeying FAQ

    Posted on September 23rd, 2017 | 0 Comments

    Here at Chicago Locksmiths we often get asked questions about our residential rekeying process. Although it seems like it might be a straightforward process, rekeying actually contains many variables that can affect the efficacy of the entire operation. Here’s a brief guide to the most common rekeying FAQs that we receive from our loyal customers.

     

    Can this lock be rekeyed, or does it need to be replaced?

    Often you can rekey locks instead of fully replacing it. Good locksmiths will always provide rekeying as an option, and it’s always possible unless a major part of the lock is damaged or the customer desires a brand new lock. This is a cost effective and practical solution.

     

    How long does rekeying take?

    This depends on what type of lock you have. Experienced locksmiths can rekey a lock in a matter of minutes. However, some locks are more complicated which can lead to longer service times - but you can rest assured that the experts at Chicago Locksmiths can carry out any rekeying operation in no time at all.

     

    Can I try to rekey my lock myself?

    Rekeying is a much faster process when carried out by a professional locksmith. However when amateurs attempt to rekey locks themselves they often complicated things, and often damage the locks in the process. This is why we advise prospective customers against attempting to rekey their locks themselves/

     

    Should I rekey my locks if I just moved into a new house?

    Definitely. You never know who might have a copy of the key to your home procured before your move in date. There’s a possibility that your lock is master keyed, especially if there’s been any recent construction on it, which means that there’s definitely master pins still inside your lock - increasing the amount of keys out there that can be used to gain access to your home, property, and family.

     

    Share Button
    Author:
Evicted - we provide eviction services throughtout Westchester County and New York City Find Out More
©Copyright 2010 ChicagoLocksmiths.net | All Rights Reserved