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Importance of Locks in Households and Businesses in Chicago

Your home is a place where you and your family should have the ability to relax and feel safe, day or night. Without having high quality locks on your doors that relaxing feeling can turn to stress and worry. Having the ability to securely lock your doors, home or not, is an option everyone deserves. Despite the fact that most people understand the importance of locks, you still hear horror stories of people leaving their home or business unlocked and coming back to find that they had been robbed. It is an unfortunate truth about the world we live in, but the absence of properly functioning locks in a business or household greatly increases the likelihood that your valuables will be taken or your family harmed. Although your home may be your castle, if it is not secure, you need to make a few improvements. Tragically, most homeowners think their premises have adequate protection, only to discover they were wrong after a break in occurs.

Fundamentally, the primary purpose of a lock is secure things and people. It is a two- way street. On the one hand, you want the peace of mind knowing that something (your home or business) has been safely secured. And on the other, you have the peace of mind that comes from knowing if someone did try to cause you harm, you have taken the proper steps to prevent that.

Within the actual walls of any home or business there are security needs as well. Offices and file cabinets that contain proprietary information or confidential files need to be secured in a way that only a select few people can access them. A disgruntled employee can cause incredible damage to business if they have access to sensitive information. Hoping for the best but planning for the worst is the most prudent approach. Within a household privacy and security issues exist as well. Bedrooms, bathrooms and in-home offices are places they generally need to be secured. Areas where important documents or potentially dangerous items all need to considered when considering the welfare and safety of your family. Children tend to be very curious and wander around putting their hands on anything they can grab, which can obviously be dangerous. Taking the proper precautions at home and at work ensures a stable and safe environment for all involved.

It’s a tough world out there. For this reason, you need a reliable lock system to keep your home or business safe and secure.

There are many kinds of locks that are readily available for installation from the locksmith professionals at Suburban Door Check and Lock Service. Finding the right lock for your residential or commercial application is as easy as a phone call. If your locks or security systems are outdated or failing, don’t wait to install something better. Just call Suburban Lock, where we’ve provided experienced locksmith services to Chicagoland for more than fifty years. We have helped businesses in Naperville and Oak Brook, and residential customers in Downers Grove and Schaumburg……and everywhere in between.

Things to Know About Entry Door Locks

Whether you are looking for new or replacement entry door locks, there are many things to consider.

You will need to think about some of the following:

  • Backset – The distance between the center of the bore hole and the edge of the door, usually 2-3/8” or 2-3/4”, but could be anywhere from 2” to 5”.
  • Bore hole & cross bore – 2-1/8” & 1” standard, respectively. Doors with a doorknob and dead bolt (highly r

    Whether you are looking for new or replacement entry door locks, there are many things to consider. You will need to think about some of the following:

    • Backset – The distance between the center of the bore hole and the edge of the door, usually 2-3/8” or 2-3/4”, but could be anywhere from 2” to 5”.
    • Bore hole & cross bore – 2-1/8” & 1” standard, respectively. Doors with a doorknob and dead bolt (highly recommended) will have two sets of holes. They will be stacked on top of each other and 5-1/2” center to center.
    • Door thickness – standard door thickness will be between 1-3/8” and 1-3/4”
    • American National Standard Institute (ANSI), Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) – ANSI/BHMA 156.30 provides high security standards. Underwriters Laboratory (UL) 347 provides security ratings, often referenced in the security standards.
    • Grade 1 locks are for use in commercial applications
    • Grade 2 locks are usually found on residential doors
    • Grade 3 are usually a secondary security measure
    • In commercial settings, it is usually necessary to install systems that are compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

    Deadbolt locks provide better security and there are many kinds. A key operates a single cylinder on the one side and a turn mechanism on the other, where a key is used on both sides of a double cylinder deadbolt. The double cylinder deadbolt provides greater security, but the requirement for a key on both sides could cause a safety risk, during an emergency.

    There is also a dazzling array of electronic locks. Depending on how performance is measured, these type of locks may not provide you with and greater security, from forcible entry, but they do have several other features worth considering. Depending on the type of electronic locks, they can be stand-alone or they may be connected to an Access Control System (ACS). The advantages of the ACS include key control, where keys can be added and removed without re-keying the lock cylinder; layered access control, for varying times and types of access; and activity logging. Electronic locks can also be remotely monitored and controlled, to both lock and unlock.

    There is a great deal more to consider when trying to make security decisions for you family or loved ones. A good way to get some help through the decision-making process is with the professionals at Suburban Door & Check Lock. In business since 1963, we have the experience and training to guide you through every step of the process. We achieved our success and longevity by offering a 100% satisfaction guaranteed on our service. Contact us today, by visiting our website, email (info@suburbanlock.com) or phone (630.968.4727).  You can also visit our spacious, fully stocked 7,500 showroom, at 415 West Ogden Avenue, in Westmont. Our experts are waiting for your call and eager to help.

    We are members of the Associate Locksmiths of America (ALOA) and are certified, bonded and insured – IDPR Locksmith License #191000265 & 191000243. Call us today!

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