Will You Lock Your Keys in Your Car on Purpose?

Jaguar is unleashing a waterproof, shockproof wristband that will help people unlock their cars. Oddly, the wristband does not serve as a key in its own right.

Instead, the idea is you will hide your key fob in a special compartment at the back of the Jaguar, touch the bracelet to the compartment and open it to retrieve the key. Then you’ll hit the button on the key fob to open your car.

What could possibly go wrong?

When this thing works well it’s going to be awesome for surfers, swimmers, runners and other active people, as the article in Cars.com mentioned. However, when it doesn’t work you’ve basically created a situation where you’re going to need an automotive re-key. There won’t be any other way to get the panel in the back of that car open.

The bracelet could malfunction. Transponder technology actually malfunctions all the time. It seems like a lot of extra steps, too. If you’re going to rely on transponder technology, why not just go all the way and turn the bracelet itself into a car key?

Keep your Chicago locksmith on call.

Of course, there aren’t a lot of surfers in the Chicagoland area. There are a lot of highly active people, however. If you’re one of them you might love this idea, and we’re not saying you shouldn’t enjoy the technology. Nine times out of ten, it’s going to work out just fine.

But when something does go wrong you need to know who to call. After all, your car is just a fancy piece of metal if you can’t get inside and drive it.

Fortunately, Omega Locksmith is an expert at replacing transponder keys, smart keys, and more. We’ll be able to get you back in your vehicle, even if your high tech bracelet can’t!

New Smart Locks Coming to Homes

Here at Omega Locksmith we’re always watching the latest trends in locks, keys, and smart keys. That’s why a recent Time Magazine article about home smart locks caught our attention.

Time covered the August Smart Lock. You install these locks on your homes, replacing deadbolts. The smart lock is only visible inside of the home, making it harder for thieves to understand what kind of security they’re dealing with.

The homeowner carries a transponder key, and the door unlocks when the homeowner is close enough to the house to trigger a response, much like your car locks do.

Do these smart keys represent a security threat?

These smart keys are amazing when it comes to convenience. Imagine approaching your home with an armful of groceries and stepping inside without ever having to fumble for the house key again.

By the same token, they do create one glaring security threat that should probably be addressed before homeowners rush out to get one. I’m talking about home invasions.

If someone follows you home it would be child’s play to shove you inside of your own home, which conveniently unlocks itself for both you and the invader. Granted, an invader can force the issue with a key lock too, but it takes a little longer, creating more of an opportunity for a neighbor or law enforcement professional to take notice.

In addition, the reviewer noted these keys are so sensitive that it unlocked his house while he was still quite some distance away from it. That could create a serious security threat as well.

With that being said, they should be okay if you combine them with other security measures, like a monitored home alarm system.

But remember, smart keys are touchy.

Like any high-tech gadget, smart keys do malfunction, as do smart locks. We’ve covered this issue before. In fact, many of the calls we receive these days are not the result of lost keys. They’re the result of malfunctioning transponder keys.

If you choose to install one of these locks in your home you should be prepared for the possibility that they’re going to give you problems. Keep your local locksmith’s number in your phone and on a card inside your car, just in case. There might be no worse feeling in the world than the feeling that comes with knowing you can’t get inside your own house. You need to keep the solution close at hand if you’re going to rely on a high-tech entry system like this one.

Fortunately, if you live in Pilsen, Downer’s Grove or anywhere else in the Chicago metro area, Omega Locksmith already has you covered. You can install your high-tech smart lock with confidence, knowing we’ll be on the case if something goes wrong.

Soon, You’ll be Able To Unlock Your Car with Your Phone


Mercedes has a new smart key option. Instead of carrying a key fob around you’ll be able to unlock your car with your smart phone, instead.

A UK car magazine ran the story, so it’s not clear whether these smart phone key options will be released in the US, or when that might happen. Sometimes seeing an early technology like this tells you everyone will be using them for every car in ten years, and sometimes these technologies just fall flat.

What are the advantages of smart phone transponder keys?

For starters, you’ll have a lot less to carry around, and you’ll reduce the chances that you’re going to lose your keys. After all, most of us are pretty attached to our phones.

In addition, these keys are supposed to work even when the phone is dead, which means you won’t have to worry so much if you run out of juice. This was almost a requirement of any smart phone solution–everyone’s had that situation where their phone goes out at the worst possible time.

What about the disadvantages?

Well…there are several.

First, you have to physically touch your phone to the car in order to get it started. Sure, this is a first world problem, but it almost defeats the purpose of having a smart key in the first place.

It also doesn’t work with iPhones. While we’re not phone enthusiasts per se, plenty of people have opted for iPhones over Androids. Options are nice, and right now the only option an iPhone user would have would be to go back to the same old transponder keys Mercedes has been using.

Then there’s the matter of finding a locksmith if something goes wrong. As long as the SIM card option can be replaced with a new transponder key at any time there’s no problem…we already have the technology to make it happen. However, if the SIM option will require us to have an entirely different set  of tools or poses unique compatibility issues there might be some lag time between the roll-out of this technology and the profession’s ability to catch up. This may mean bleeding edge Mercedes drivers may have no choice other than to turn to the dealership in most cities in the event their SIM key malfunctions or their phone is lost.

Either way, we’ll stay on top of it.

Of course, we won’t let this change catch us off guard…after all, you heard it here first. We’ll continue to keep an eye on the technology so we can make sure we’re always ready to serve our customers here in the Chicago metro area, no matter how they choose to activate their cars.

Some Transponder Keys Have a Security Flaw

Automakers have switched to transponder keys and smart keys because they are supposed to be safer. It is certainly true that these types of keys do make it harder for the average criminal to take off with your car.

However, they are not invincible.

A recent post on the Car and Driver blog reveals hackers have been able to explot a flaw in 25 makes of vehicle, including common brands like:

  • Audi
  • Buick
  • Cadillac
  • Chevrolet
  • Honda
  • Isuzu
  • Pontiac
  • Kia
  • Volkswagon
  • Volvo

Many luxury brands like Ferrari and Porche made the list as well.

Here at Omega Locksmith we felt it was important to share this news with our readers. After all, those of us who have cars really rely on them, and need to be aware of anything that could make it easier for thieves to take them.

Some manufacturers–notably, GM–have taken steps to close this security loophole. Others have failed to address it, even though they’ve apparently known about it since 2012.

There is not a lot you can do about the loophole — if a hacker car thief really wants your car he’s probably going to get it. Fortunately, most car thieves are not highly sophisticated hackers. Most are opportunists. The vast majority of cars are stolen because they’re left running (which is one reason “warming up your car” on winter mornings can be dangerous).

The biggest issue most people will face with a transponder key is the loss of a key or a key malfunction which requires them to call an automotive locksmith for a replacement.

However, if you are truly concerned it might be a good idea to update your auto insurance policy. If you’re carrying the bare minimum, for example, then you might want to choose a comprehensive policy that will reimburse you in the event that a hacker-thief does manage to hack your transponder key.

It is worth noting, however, that no active hacker-thieving incidents have made it into any news story. To date, there just don’t seem to be any criminals out there who are actually exploiting the loophole. It may require more time, effort, equipment and trouble than it’s worth.

This loophole has simply been exposed by cyber-security experts. In time, we’d expect more automakers to invest in closing it. For now, it’s just something to be aware of…not something to lose sleep over.

Are You Safe in Your New Home?

Moving to a new home is very exciting. You’ve probably got a dozen things on your mind, from transferring the cable service to getting those last boxes unpacked.

It may never occur to you to question whether or not your home is safe. After all, you have a dead bolt, and you certainly feel secure whenever you flip the lock. But are you certain you have the only key?

Copies happen.

There could be 5-10 key copies out there you just don’t know about. Some of these keys are being kept for innocent reasons. People often carry old keys around without thinking about them.

However, some people deliberately collect key copies for more sinister purposes.

Here is a short list of the people who could have keys to your house right now.

  • Any former owners
  • Any former tenants
  • Significant others or ex-significant others of former owners and tenants
  • Former babysitters
  • Former housesitters
  • Handymen who were invited into the home when a former owner or tenant was away

You don’t know any of these people. Do you really want to give them open access to your home? This is a bad idea, even if you plan on investing in a monitored home security system. Home security is all about adding different layers of protection to your home, and your lock and key is arguably the very first line of defense.

Changing the locks should be standard operating procedure after you move into your new home.

It is the only way to ensure nobody else can get inside. Here at Omega Locksmith we rekey homes throughout the Chicago metro area  to make sure each and every one of our customers is as safe and secure as possible.

Keep our number after calling us to change your locks. We also offer automotive locksmith services. If you lock yourself out of your car because your move has left you frazzled you’ll always know who to call!




The Trouble With Automatic Locks

Automatic locks are often treated as if they’re a real selling point for any vehicle. In fact, they’re becoming standard on most cars. Sadly, they can be more trouble than they’re worth.

Smart Locks Malfunction. A Lot.

We probably get 3,000 calls every month simply because smart locks have failed to perform as they were supposed to.

For example, automatic locks are supposed to remain open when the keys are in the car, but in reality they fail to detect the keys all the time. Sometimes this “feature” can even put babies and young children at risk, as this news story demonstrates.

Obviously, if someone you love is trapped in a hot car you do what you need to do. But, in general, it’s not a good idea to damage your car if you need to get inside of it. The repair work can cost a pretty penny. Calling an automotive locksmith is usually the safer option.

In the meantime, don’t assume your automatic locks are reliable. Don’t ever set your keys down inside of your car, even if it’s for “just a minute.” Make a conscious effort to keep them in your purse, pocket, or bag. It’s also not a bad idea to keep at least one car door ajar until you’re absolutely sure you’ve gotten everything (and everyone) you need.

Key fobs malfunction, too.

Sometimes the key itself is the problem. If you were to open up your smart key casing you’d find a complex electronic device. Those systems can, and do, go haywire. When this happens you will typically need a full automotive rekey.

Smart keys transmit a coded electronic signal to a reader located inside of the car. If the car doesn’t detect the signal it won’t open the doors. In newer cars the vehicle won’t start, either. More and more you’ll find those old turn-key ignitions replaced by start buttons. A new key must be programmed to speak the car’s language before it will work.

Omega Locksmith has a solution.

We help drivers deal with malfunctioning automatic locks and smart keys every single day. While we’re there, ask us about spare keys and replacement keys. Many of our customers find it useful to keep a few key copies in a safe place, especially as keys continue to grow more complex (and expensive).

If you live in Lombard, Downer’s Grove, or anywhere else in the Chicago metro area, give us a call. We’ll be happy to help you navigate all of the issues that can come along with smart keys!

On Site Car Key Replacement in Chicago

Few things are more frustrating than realizing you’ve lost your keys and you’re stuck standing outside your car, or looking at a stationary motorcycle with no way to start it. Especially if you don’t have a spare handy (or perhaps you don’t have a spare at all?), it can be easy to wonder if it’s going to cost you an arm and a leg and your entire day just to get back into the vehicle you own!

Chicago Dealerships

Getting a key replaced by a dealership can be time-consuming and super expensive. Oftentimes, you’ll have to have your car towed to the dealership, and the markup on parts and labor can be astronomical! A normal transponder chip key can run north of $200. Instead of spending big bucks, you should consider calling a local Chicago auto locksmith. A properly trained Chicago locksmith should be able to help you out quickly and get you back on the road in a fraction of the time and for a fraction of the cost than you’d spend at the dealership.

Chicago Locksmiths

An auto locksmith can provide the same quality of work and products as the dealership, but often at a much lower price. Even better, many auto locksmiths will come to a location of your choice, saving you time and money. If you’re ever without a key, consider calling a reliable auto locksmith. Just be sure to let them know your make and model of vehicle and tell what you need replaced so that they don’t arrive only to tell you they don’t have the proper equipment with them (or at all!).

Omega Locksmith

Omega Locksmith is happy to offer on-site car key replacement services. At Omega Locksmith, all of our car locksmith professionals are trained to deliver fast and professional results. We can replace car keys for a wide variety of makes and models, both international and domestic. We’re even one of the few Chicago locksmiths with transponder chip key replacement capabilities! Just let us know what we’re dealing with when you call and we’ll be sure to arrive on-site in just half an hour with all the proper equipment to get the job done fast and get you on your way as quickly as possible.

On Site Car Key Replacement

Stop Waiting for a Chicago Locksmith to Show Up in an Emergency

Have you eveauto keys Chicagor been stuck late at night waiting for an auto locksmith to arrive? Have you ever been worried about the security of your home but didn’t know what to do about it? If so, then you probably know how frustrating finding fast and affordable locksmith services can be. Unfortunately, Chicago has a high crime rate and being locked out, or worried other people aren’t locked out, is a legitimate issue. Before disaster strikes, it’s best to seek out a home or car locksmith that will make your needs a top priority.

Lock and Key Specialists in Chicago are in Constant Demand

Unfortunately, not all locksmith companies are as professional or honest as they should be. Many do not have the funds or equipment to work with items such as programmable chip keys or carry out repairs that integrate with modern automobile security systems. That being said, here at Omega Locksmith, we have the best equipment as well as highly-trained technicians who know how to handle situations.

When shopping for emergency locksmith services, you should always keep an eye out for the following details:

  • What territory they cover and if they have adequate technicians available
  • Find out if they have unresolved complaints with the BBB
  • Ask in your local area to find out about direct experiences with the company

Here at Omega Locksmith, we have plenty of certified technicians available 24/7 to assist you with automobile lockout situations. You will not need to wait for hours on end for us to arrive and fabricate new keys, install new locks, or carry out any other task that prevents you from operating your vehicle.

If you are looking for the fastest, most reliable locksmith company in Chicago, do not hesitate to call us. When you keep our number on your cell phone’s speed dial, you can rest assured in the knowledge that you won’t be caught unaware in an automobile lock related emergency.

Why Choose Omega Locksmith?

If you need a reliable lChicago car locksmithocksmith in Chicago who will answer your call and get to where you are quickly, then look no further than Omega Locksmith. Omega Locksmith is a certified and licensed locksmith in Chicago who has been offering commercial, residential, and automotive locksmith services for several years. Omega Locksmith offers services 24 hours a day and can get to wherever you are in Chicago in less than half an hour. When you’re really in a jam and need a locksmith to get you back inside quickly, call Omega Locksmith.

Locking yourself out of your car or apartment is not only unpleasant, it’s dangerous. You don’t want to be outside too long, especially at night or in a bad part of town. Anyone can panic if they’ve locked themselves out of their vehicle or home and it can ruin your day if you don’t take care of it fast. That’s why Omega Locksmith makes the guarantee that they’ll get to you in just 30 minutes – no matter where you are in Chicago.

We’ve all made the dumb mistake once or twice of losing our keys, locking ourselves out of our vehicles, or dealing with a jammed key or broken lock. The answer is taking care of it quickly, before we put ourselves in unneeded danger or get behind on our schedule. Omega Locksmith has been a car locksmith in Chicago for years and they’ve seen it all. They can handle any car, apartment, or home lock and key emergency and they get there fast to do the job. Omega Locksmith rushes to save the day, and sends out only licensed, professional locksmiths to ensure that the job is completed successfully and on time. There are no amateurs that work for Omega Locksmith.

The licensed and professional technicians that Omega Locksmith sends out are reliable, honest, professional, and helpful. They know how to get the job done, to be courteous, and how to best be of assistance during your hour of need. Other locksmiths don’t offer the same level of service and professionalism. Omega Locksmith has been doing this for years and each locksmith works to keep up with the latest trends and technology. Omega Locksmith is the best in the Chicago area, and won’t let you down. Omega Locksmith is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When you need help, turn to the most trusted locksmith in Chicago.

Playing It Safe: A Guide to Auto Locks

Having a functional car lock is an incredibly important part of being a vehicle owner. When an auto lock gets jammed, you lose your key, or you lose access to your car in another way, it can be a huge inconvenience and take a lot of time and money to remedy. However, knowing a great Chicago locksmith that works quickly and affordably can be incredibly helpful. Before you lose access to your vehicle, you should find a locksmith in Car Lock in ChicagoChicago that works with the kind of auto lock on your car. Not all locksmiths are created equal, and you want to be sure that when you make a panicked midnight phone call, you have someone reliable to turn to. It also helps if you have a basic understanding of the lock system installed on your car, van, motorcycle, or truck.

The Good Old Days Of Auto Locks

Older makes and models of vehicles will sometimes have only manual car lock systems. The most popular of these are pin tumblers and wafer tumbler locking systems. Pin tumblers are comprised of a series of small metal pins in varying sizes. The key is then cut to fit these patterns, and when inserted will allow the lock to be turned. Wafer tumbler locks are operated on a similar system, except the locking mechanism uses different sizes of one-piece wafers instead of pins. Again, inserting the proper key allows the lock to be turned and unlocked.

Modern Life Auto Locks

Modern vehicles rely on electric locks to keep them secure. Electric locks, commonly called power locks, allow for keyless entry via a remote system usually found in a key fob. This locking system allows for a button to be pressed from a distance, which communicates with an electric coil in the lock that unlocks the car. This is often signaled by a horn beep or flashing of the auto’s lights. Some cars have proximity keys which allow the car to be unlocked when the key is within a certain distance of the car, eliminating the need for the car owner to manually trigger the unlocking mechanism.

In addition, power locks many times have a transmitter in the ignition key. This transmitter allows for only particular keys to open or start the car, helping to prevent auto theft by use of alternate keys.

The newest trend in auto security is the introduction of the keyless start system. This means the auto owner has no key at all but instead relies on a key fob that electronically communicates with the car to unlock and start the ignition. While this can be incredibly convenient, not all locksmiths are able to provide a replacement key fob and vehicle owners must then go to the dealership in order to gain access to their vehicle.

With the many options of car security systems found today, it is important that when seeking a locksmith you check what kind of lock system your vehicle has to ensure that the locksmith is able to repair and replace your particular car’s system. Not all Chicago locksmiths are not able to provide replacement transponder chip keys because they do not have the specialized computer system necessary to perform repair services. If you have an electric or transmitter key, it’s important to check with your car locksmith that they are able to assist you in the event of a broken lock or lost key.