What Does a Commercial Locksmith Do?

commercial locksmithIf you have ever been locked out of your home or locked your keys in your car, you are familiar with your typical locksmith. However, if you own a business, you wouldn’t call a residential locksmith to help with your lock and key needs. You would call a commercial locksmith. But what does a commercial locksmith do?

Research new lock technology

Commercial locksmiths have to be up-to-date on the latest in lock and key technology. For example, some businesses need keyless entry and require fingerprint technology or barcode scanning to gain entry. Commercial locksmiths often have clients who need secure buildings and rooms, so they must have the knowledge to keep their clients secure with the newest and best lock and key technology.

Install new locks

Commercial locksmiths install new locks for clients. There are many reasons someone might want to install new locks. If a business owner purchased a previously used building, he or she will want to replace the locks. There is no way to know how many keys were given out with the previous owner, or whether or not all the keys were returned. A business owner doesn’t want non-employees running around with a key to the business. Another reason a business owner might want new locks is if an employee was let go on poor terms. If that employee has had a key, it might be a wise idea to replace locks. You never know what a disgruntled employee might try to do.

Repair locks

You would also call a commercial locksmith if your business needed to have a lock repaired. Sometimes, keys break off in locks. A commercial locksmith can repair the lock and replace your key. There are also times when a lock becomes damaged. If there was an attempted break in, the locks may have been damaged. If you are working with electronic locks, sometimes the wiring malfunctions and repairs may need to be made. If the lock at your workplace isn’t working properly for whatever reason, it’s best to call your commercial locksmith.

It might seem like any locksmith can do the job, however, a commercial locksmith only works with commercial properties. They are trained to provide the best information and lock and key technology for the safety and security of a business. You wouldn’t want a car lock expert trying to manage your keyless door lock. If you are in the Chicago area and find yourself in need of a commercial locksmith, call Omega Locksmith, and we’ll meet you anywhere in Chicago in 30 minutes.

Eight Things a Locksmith Won’t Tell You

locksmithYou don’t always need a locksmith, but when you do, you need one you can trust, one who will get the job done right. Here are eight things a locksmith won’t tell you.

Contractors don’t always get it right

No one wants to rain on the parade of another business, but one important thing you should know is that contractors do not always correctly install a dead bolt. And let’s face it, the best lock is the one that works.

Dead bolts aren’t always your best option

Most people thing that a dead bolt is the way to go. They’ll keep anyone out of anywhere. While dead bolts are great, they aren’t great for every scenario. For example, dead bolts don’t work near windows or on doors that have windows. If a criminal wants in, they will just bust your window and unlock your deadbolt. You will want to seek other alternatives like a lock that requires a key on the inside, but don’t keep the key in the lock!

Locksmiths can duplicate car keys

Often times, when you’re purchasing a new car, the dealership will claim that they are the only place you can get your keys duplicated. This isn’t true anymore. Most locksmiths will be able to make a copy of your car key. At Omega Locksmith, we can even make smart keys. Not only are the car dealerships lying to you, they will charge you more for the duplication. If you need a duplicate key for your vehicle, call your locksmith.

New house = new locks

There is nothing more satisfying than being handed the keys to your newly purchased home. There is also little that is as risky. You have no way of knowing how many keys the previous owners copied and gave out to others. While they may think they have collected them all and handed them all over to you, there might one forgotten key out there, given to an angry relative who has been waiting to seek revenge. Change the locks on your new home.

Words mean little

If you own a business and have to give out keys to employees, you might stamp them with “DO NOT DUPLICATE.” Unfortunately, keys with this stamp are duplicated all the time. These simple words don’t really do much. If you are interested in a key that truly cannot be copied, talk to your locksmith.

Accidents happen

You may go thirty years without locking yourself out of your home or car, and then it might happen twice within a few days. If this happens to you, don’t hesitate to call a locksmith. Sometimes the embarrassment of making the same mistake twice causes a person to try to handle it on his or her own. Don’t! Tampering with your lock in the effort to get your door open could damage your lock – resulting in a much more complicated repair or the replacement of your entire lock (or any windows you break).

Valet key” for your home or business

You know the key on your car that looks more basic than your usual car key. It’s your “valet key.” A valet key typically unlocks your driver-side door and starts your car, but will not unlock your trunk or glovebox, so you can put your valuables in a safe place before turning your key over to the valet. Did you know you can do this for your home? If you have someone who routinely needs access to your home, you can set up a key that will unlock your doorknob, but not your deadbolt. On the days you are expecting the visitor, just lock the doorknob, not the deadbolt.  It’s like a valet key for your home or office.

Electronic locks can fail

While electronic locks are typically secure and can alert the authorities if a wrong code is typed in too many times, they aren’t all rainbows and puppies. Experts suggest that you have a different password for every account that requires a password. Stop and count how many passwords your are already trying to remember. If you think you have the right password, but end up trying three different wrong ones, the police may show up on your doorstep. Electronic locks will also fail in a power outage. There are usually battery backups, but batteries die, too.

If you live in the Chicago area and find yourself in need of a locksmith for any of these needs, give Omega Locksmith a call. We’ll meet you anywhere in Chicago in about 30 minutes and have you on your way in no time.