How to prevent vehicle break ins

Vehicle break ins are, unfortunately, something many if not most of us will deal with at some point in our lives. You might say, “It won’t happen to me,” but it’s certainly possible. We all know many people who have suffered vehicle break ins, and others who have had people try to break into their vehicles and fail. Often times, unless they’re really determined, a locked vehicle will be enough of a deterrent to keep your items safe. There are other ways, too, that you can deter thieves from trying to break into your car or truck.
Prevent Vehicle break ins locksmith tips - Robber breaking into car
 

Make sure to lock your doors!

I already mentioned locking your vehicle. For those that are just looking for opportunity, locking your doors whenever you leave your car. Whenever, you ask? Even if you go into the bank for 5 minutes? Yes, even then. That’s all anyone needs for opportunity. If your doors are unlocked, fives minutes is enough time to open the door, rummage quickly through the front and your glove box, and be gone. Even in broad daylight, thieves will take the opportune moment, and you could lose some valuables. Speaking of locking things, if you’re able to, lock your glove box when you’re not using it. You can store your smaller valuables in there safely if it has a lock. If not, don’t leave anything you don’t want to lose in there.

 

Try not to leave valuables in the car

Leaving valuables in your car is a pretty big enticement for thieves. Especially if they’re left out, like a phone left on the seat. Phones are one thing you don’t want to lose. They can take your phone, mess with your contacts, find any important or personal info that you might have on there and use it to their advantage. If you have one of those phone cases that hold cards, that makes it even worse. Take your phone with you or hide it from plain sight, along with any other valuable items you don’t want to lose. That includes CDs too.

 

Consider getting an alarm

Your car alarm, surprisingly, can help too. If your car is parked at night in your driveway and the car alarm goes off, most thieves will run off, assuming they’re about to be caught.

 

Secure the rest of your vehicle

Don’t leave your windows or sunroof open when you leave your vehicle. Close them before you get out of the car. There are also devices you can get that will deter people from trying to steal from your vehicle. Extra locks and such, or even tracking apps for your phone. Any combination of these will deter most thieves and keep your car and valuables safe.

 

In need of a Chicago locksmith? Feel free to contact us.

 

Tips to Avoid Getting Locked Out of Your Home

It’s something that only happens to other people.  It could never happen to you.  The annoyance, the embarrassment, the time wasted.  Don’t let yourself fall victim to the dreaded lock out!  Here are a few simple tips on how you can keep from going through the hassle of getting locked out of your home.

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  1. Give someone a spare key
  2. Give a spare key to a friend or family member who does not live with you. A trusted neighbor is best because you don’t have to go far if you’re locked out or if there’s any kind of emergency and you need them to get inside your home, they already have the key.
  3. Carry an extra key in your briefcase, if you carry one of those, or your purse, if you carry one of those.
  4. Put a combination lock on your shed and hide a key inside.
  5. Consider installing a smart lock on your front door. They use an electronic keypad where you simply type the combination.  The downside is that you have to remember to change the battery.  They usually have low battery alarms on them, but if you don’t change it in time and you don’t have the key to open it manually, you’ll be locked out.
  6. Put a keyless door knob on your front door, like one that you would find on a closet but only do this if you have a deadbolt lock on your door.  Then the only way to lock the deadbolt is with the lock switch when you’re inside or with a key from the outside of the house so it would be impossible to leave the house without your house key.
  7. Do as Al Gore said and put it in a lock box. These can be securely placed somewhere on your property.  They usually have a combination lock on them so make sure everyone in your family knows the combination.
  8. Install a wireless keypad on your garage and hide a key in there.
  9. Pat downs aren’t just for criminals! Get in the routine of a morning pat down, patting each pocket for your usual items.  Wallet in back pocket, phone in the other, change in your left pocket, keys in your right…hey, Macarena!
  10. Put a combination lock on your electrical panel and hide a key in there.
  11. Hiding a key somewhere on your property is always an option too, but there are some places you should never hide a key outside your home:
    1. Under the welcome mat. It’s the first place that anyone who’s ever seen an old cartoon or a sitcom would look.
    2. On top of the door. It’s the second place they’ll look.
    3. In the mailbox.
    4. Under a plant pot.
    5. A fake rock unless it’s a really good one that looks like a real one because everyone knows that fake rocks always have keys in them.
    6. In your car’s glove compartment. If you forget to lock your car or it’s broken into, the criminal would then have access to your home.

Following one or two of these tips should keep you from being locked out of your home, but if it ever happens to you, we’re here to help.  Call 24/7 Speedy Locksmith in Chicago at and we’ll get you back in your home in no time!

What is a mobile locksmith?

You’ve locked yourself out of your house…again. Who you gonna call? A mobile locksmith!

What is a mobile locksmith?

A locksmith is a highly trained tradesman who can handle virtually anything with a lock, and a mobile one can travel to you to help you out of a jam, anywhere, anytime. Specialized mobile units come to your car or office or home to help in an emergency or at your convenience.

What do mobile locksmiths do?

There are many reasons to call a mobile locksmith. Your home is the one place you should feel most secure but unfortunately, that is not always the case. This is something we don’t like to think about, but if you’ve moved into a new home or apartment, having all of the locks changed in case the previous owner kept his or her keys would give you peace of mind. Also, if you’ve been burglarized, you’d want to change your locks as soon as possible. Mobile locksmiths can do this quickly and securely, making your home feel like a safe haven again.
Chicago mobile locksmith
No matter how hard we try to avoid them, occasionally, mishaps happen. You unlock your front door and the key snaps off inside the lock. You completely forgot the combination to a lock on a cabinet in your basement that you need to have opened immediately. You lock yourself out of your house…again. Mobile locksmiths can handle all of these problems quickly and efficiently and alleviate these frustrations.

Part of your home’s safety may include a safe for your valuables whether you have a hundred gold bars or that necklace from your Aunt Kay. Locksmiths are not only experts on what kind of safe would work best for you, they can also open them if you’ve forgotten the combination or lost the key.

One of the most frequent calls a mobile locksmith gets is for problems with automobiles. If you’ve locked yourself out of your car, a mobile locksmith can rush to your car and get you back in and on the road in no time. They also can repair broken keys, whether they are regular or smart keys and reprogram transponder keys. They can even repair your ignition or car locks, and of course, duplicate or replace car, motorcycle or transponder keys.

Mobile locksmiths can also cut keys. Why go to a big box store and have someone who works in the hardware department cut your keys when a mobile locksmith can come to you and do a professional, experienced job? Why risk having your newly cut key not work in your door lock and having to drive back to the store when a locksmith can show you that it works right on the spot?

They are not only an important ally for all homeowners but they also help businesses and industrial buildings and equipment. Anything with a lock!

Our mobile locksmith units are available 24/7 to help you with any key or lock problem and if you’re in the Chicago area, we can be there within 15 minutes!

So who you gonna call? 24/7 Speedy Locksmith in Chicago!

 

Ignition and Car Key Issues. What to watch out for and how to fix.

Is getting more difficult to access or start your vehicle? If you have ever had trouble getting in your vehicle or had to spend a few minutes jiggling your ignition to get started, you know exactly how frustrating it can be.

When these issues occur you need a solution fast. Our cold Chicago winters are not to be trifled with! Getting caught in the cold with a car that won’t start could be life threatening for you and your loved ones.

So what do you do if your car key starts acting up?

 

Is it the key?

First you have to determine if it’s the key that is the problem. Does the key look worn, damaged, or bent?  Is there any visible corrosion? If so, your key may need to be replaced. If you have a spare key, try the lock or ignition with it, do you still have a problem? If you don’t have a spare, you could have one made by your preferred locksmith.

 

Is it your ignition or locks?

If you think it’s your ignition or locks, one way to confirm is to try different doors on the car. If they all don’t work, it’s likely it’s the key, if some work and some don’t, then it’s likely the troublesome locks themselves.

There are many reasons that locks and ignitions wear and break down. However, if there is an issue, it is best to simply replace the affected part.

Having trouble with your car locks or ignition in Chicago? As a Chicago Locksmith, we would like to help!

Should I have all my locks changed if I lose my keys?

Oh no! You lost your keys! – if you’re locked out call us at (312) 285-3790

You found a way back in and had new keys made, but a thought remains -is your home still secure?

Although you want to assume the best, the truth is it all depends how you lost your keys and how likely the person who found them is to know which house they belong to.

If you are sure your keys fell out of your pocket while water skiing, and your address isn’t written on them, you’re probably safe!

Chicago Water skier Locked out of House

 

But what do you do if you just aren’t sure where they ended up?

Better Safe than Sorry

If you find yourself in this tough predicament, unfortunately the old saying applies, “Better Safe than Sorry!”.

If you lost your keys it is always best to change your locks. The safety of you, your loved ones, and your valuables is well worth the cost. And there truly is something to be said for the peace of mind a fresh set of locks brings.

When replacing your locks, be sure to secure your entry doors well, and key them all the same for ease of use.

If you lost your keys, we are sorry to hear! We know how inconvenient that can be.

As always if you need our help, please feel free to ask!

Entry door security tips from a Chicago Locksmith

What should you consider when it comes to securing entry doors at your residence? It is vital to ensure your front and rear doors are secure for the safety and security of you and your loved ones. Please use the following tips to assess and remedy any potential weaknesses in your entry doors and stay safe!

As always, if you have a question or concern, please feel free to contact us.

Is your door strong?

If you have a weak door to begin with, nothing else matters. Somebody can easily gain access with a strong shoulder or kick. Solid doors work best. Also, when selecting a door, consider if windows in the door decrease the security of the door.

Strengthen the door jamb

The frame around the door is also a major consideration. They sell door frame reinforcement kits at many home improvement stores. It is recommended to install these for the greatest levels of security.

The doors hardware

When installing the door, make sure to use high quality hinges and screws. The same goes for installing your knobs and lock latch plates.

Knob and Deadbolts

Did you know that American National Standards Institute (ANSI) established three grades of security level for locks? It can be used to understand the strength and durability of any lock sold. We recommend grade 1 for entry doors, so that your family is always as secure as possible.

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

Grade 1 – Best

Knobs must withstand 800,000 cycles, 6 door strikes and a 360 pound weight test

Deadbolts must withstand 250,000 cycles and 10 door strikes (hammer test)

Grade 2

Knobs must withstand 400,000 cycles, 4 door strikes and a 250 pound weight test

Deadbolts must withstand 150,000 cycles and 5 door strikes (hammer test)

Grade 3

Knobs must withstand 200,000 cycles, 2 door strikes and a 150 pound weight test

Deadbolts must withstand 100,000 cycles and 2 door strikes (hammer test)

Secondary deadbolt for exterior

I you want to feel extra secure when in your home, it might be a good idea to get a secondary deadbolt that locks from the inside only. These make it much more difficult for someone to gain entry and can add significant peace of mind.

Your Safety is our Concern

We hope that you have enjoyed our entry door security tips. Your home will be safer than ever! If you have any questions, or would like more information from us as a Chicago Locksmith, please contact us.

Locksmith near me in Chicago? What is the best way to find one?

You may be saying, “How do I find the right locksmith near me in Chicago?” or maybe you typed in “locksmith near me Chicago” and found us! Regardless of how you arrived, we welcome you to our website and want you to know you’re in the right place!
When you need a locksmith, you need one you can trust. So where can you find such a locksmith?

What is the best way to find a local Chicago locksmith in our opinion? Its simple!

 

Search online and check out reviews on sites like Yelp and Google+

The current online ecosystem has a way of letting you know which local locksmith are best! Read a few reviews and use your best judgement. It’s surprising how you can uncover common service issues with this method.

 

Find a local locksmith near you in Chicago

24/7 Speedy Locksmith offers local locksmith services to the Chicago area. Our locksmith specialists help the local residents of Chicago get into their locked homes and cars. We also offer lock repair services to greater meet our customer needs.

If you are in need a local locksmith, look no further! Contact us now at (312) 285-3790!

It’s difficult to find a locksmith near you in Chicago that you can trust. It’s our goal to provide effective as well as Chicago locksmith services for all local residents of Chicago!