Benefits of Electronic Door Locks Systems

There are many advantages to Electronic Door Lock Systems over traditional mechanical door locks. Some of those advantages include programmable security clearances, automatic door lock/unlock scheduling, and centralized management.  

Access controlled doors, used to secure areas, allow only authorized personnel to enter into secure areas.  Individual personnel can each have their own security clearances managed through the Access Control System (ACS) during specific scheduled hours.  This will negate the need to issue keys and to change the locks when the keys are lost or stolen.  When ID badges replace keys, you can have clearances set up, through the ACS, eliminating the security risk of keys being lost or stolen and a copy made and used in an inappropriate manner.  An employee that is leaving the company will simply need to have the database changed to reflect the departure, rendering the ID badge useless. The ACS also electronically records every entry, with a date and time stamp, in case access issues arise.

Electronic Door Locks Systems have the ability to use the ACS for many different sequential or concurrent schedules.  The entry doors may be unlocked automatically during business hours and locked back at closing time.  During holidays, a schedule can be set up and activated on the date to lock the building until the next schedule opening arrives.  Schedules also can be setup in depth to allow or deny individuals or groups access to secure areas during a set of pre-determined times.  Each secure area can have its own schedule or a group of doors may utilize the same scheduling.  

The centralized ACS can have many different features that will benefit the Electronic Door Lock System.  Security personnel or IT employees may access the database to make changes from the network or even off campus, using a Virtual Private Network (VPN).  Typical changes are creating, editing, or removing employee ID badges and clearances or modifying schedules.  Door locks can be unlocked or locked for any number of reasons, like maintenance or emergencies.  A complete lock down for a security emergency could be activated in seconds.  Depending on the type, the ACS may have the ability to integrate existing building alarm systems, panic buttons, fire alarms, and Close Circuit Television (CCTV) systems.  For example, once activated, a fire alarm signals the ACS to open all electronic magnetic locks automatically, for safety.  You can enhance security by integrating the CCTV system to track entry to doors with video.  Using a centralized server the security department or management can monitor the doors in real time or as needed to ensure student, tenant, or employee safety.  

The application for these types of systems vary widely. However, you will commonly find them in use in apartments, hotels, hospitals, businesses, classrooms, and dorms. Any place where the security and safety of the student, parent, employee, patient, guest, or customer are important.

Whether your need is commercial or residential, call the pros at Suburban Door & Check Lock. Founded in 1963, Suburban Lock provides service on all types of locks and door closers. Send us a message, give us a call at 630-968-4727 or come by and visit our 7,500 square foot show room, stocked with a complete inventory of the latest lock and hardware products on the market. Our experienced staff are here to help. We achieve are success by offering 100% guaranteed service. If you do not see the product or service you need, talk to us; we can generally find the product you are looking for.

Suburban Lock has 28 employees and 14 fully stocked service vehicles, and is still a family owned and operated company. We are members of the Associate Locksmiths of America (ALOA) and are certified, bonded and insured – IDPR Locksmith License #191000265 & 191000243. Call us today!


5 Reasons Your Business Needs Electronic Keypad Locks

With the advancement of technology comes new inventions and innovations. One of these innovations is the electronic door lock. Both individuals and companies make use of these locks, but there are still a great number of people and companies who remain skeptical of their security, functionality, and usefulness.


First, let’s discuss the two most common types of electronic locks


    Keypad locks

Keypad locks were the first keyless electronic locks ever made. Used on both residential and commercial structures, they are still growing in popularity, being added to more and more buildings as time goes by. To use these locks, you must enter a keycode. While some keypad locks only allow one keycode for entry purposes, many of them allow several different codes to be entered for entry.


    Proximity locks

Where sliding card locks once existed, proximity locks haven taken over. These locks make use of RFID (radiofrequency identification) technology to unlock doors simply when a designated key card is put in the general vicinity of the lock’s receptor. Used commonly by businesses and apartment complexes, many of these locks don’t even require you to remove your key card from your pocket or keychain. Simply aim the card against the receptor and gain access almost immediately.


Why electronic keypad locks are the right choice for your company

Now that we have that cleared up, let’s talk about why your company needs electronic keypad door locks.


     1. Employees can gain access to the building themselves at any time

When you’ve got electronic keypad locks established on your building, anyone with the correct passcode can gain entry. This means that employees with the entry code can enter the building at any time regardless of whether or not it’s been unlocked.


Maybe you want employees to come in on a Saturday but aren’t around to open the building yourself. With electronic keypad locks, this is no problem. Each employee can come to the building, disengage the lock themselves, and gain simple entry at any time.


     2. There are no keys to worry about

Perhaps the most advantageous part of having electronic keypad locks is that no physical key is required for entry. Because of this, you don’t have to worry about losing a key, keeping tabs on a key, or making a key for every one of your employees. By simply remembering a passcode, you’ll have complete access at all times.


     3. You can’t get locked out

As was just mentioned, electronic keypad locks don’t require the use of a key. Because you don’t need a key in your possession to open a door, there’s no chance of you getting locked out of your building.


     4. You can change accessibility at any time

Let’s say one of your employees quits and never returns his or her key to enter the building. All of a sudden, you’ve got working keys floating around and potentially getting into the hands of intruders. This is obviously something that you don’t want to happen.


A great perk of having electronic keypad locks is that you can change the passcode at any time without any charge to you. If you wish to change access with physical key locks or proximity key cards, it will cost you time, effort, and money. Not only might you have to completely change the lock, but you’ll also have to purchase all new keys. It goes without saying that purchasing a new key for every single one of your employees can start to get a little costly.


     5. Customizable access

Most electronic keypad locks can accept hundreds of different passcodes, allowing you to give a separate code to each and every one of your employees. This customization capability is great for situations in which employees quit or are let go.


Instead of having to notify everyone that you’ve changed the universal passcode, you can just nullify the passcode of the employee who is no longer with the company. This will keep things running smoothly and ensure that the correct people have necessary access to the building at all given times.


At Suburban Door Check and Lock Service we are the experts in home and business security.  For over 50 years, Chicagoland businesses and home owners have trusted us with their locksmith related needs.  Call today to learn about this and all our other residential and commercial locksmith services.


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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 ( 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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