How to Protect your Luggage from Theft in Airports


In the world we live in, protecting one’s own property becomes something to be prepared for. Many people consider suitcases to be somewhat “unprotectable” over international flights – simply due to the long amount of time these bags are being handled by strangers, or placed out of site. Regardless of the measures taken by airports and the FAA to protect flyers from theft, an amount of thefts of property always occur at airports. So you’re left asking yourself, how can I protect my luggage from people that would want to steal from it?


Strong Suitcases

There’s multiple factors to consider in securing your luggage before flying. Before we discuss locks, let’s talk about the physical structure of the luggage itself. If your suitcase has a fabric body with a zipper, a lock isn’t going to exactly do you well. The bag can easily be cut open (by people who wouldn’t care if you discover the theft) but can also be opened with a common airport theft trick. This trick involves the use of a ballpoint pen to puncture the zipper opening, run along it’s length, opening the bag with no signs of entry. In fact, TSA agents use this technique to inspect suitcases.


It’s worth putting in the investment for a hard sided durable suitcase. These suitcases differ from the typical ones because they aren’t made of easily severed fabric, but a hard, almost impenetrable siding. Additionally, there will be a hasp system which you can place locks on. These cases can’t be opened with pens like typical suitcases. When looking for hardsided suitcases, it’s good to test them in person so you know what you’re getting. Test if the material can’t be broken, and that the lid is sealed tight when shut. If there’s any gap in the seal, it’s not the ideal case.


Finding a Durable Lock

Buying a durable lock is absolutely something you should do. First of all, you need to choose a lock that properly fits the case – so that there’s no gap when it’s fully closed. If you’re shackling the zipper tight, the lock’s shackle should be thin enough to fit inside – however, the thinner the shackle, the easier it is to cut or break off.


I certainly don’t advise getting one of the pre-made TSA approved locks. It’s shackles are incredibly flimsy and can be cut with a pair of ordinary household tools. They can be picked easily – not to mention the fact that the schematics of the inner lock has been publically available on the internet for years – so somebody could make a skeleton key that works for it.

Instead, I recommend getting a high security lock, like a padlock. Don’t skimp on price – invest in a well made, solid lock that can resist many different kinds of entry attempts. I also recommend getting a lock with internal ball bearings that prevent thieves from being able to shim it.


Levelled Security

Try getting a lock with as many security features – and pins – as possible. 5 is the average, and serrated pins work the best. Using a lock with a shroud over the shackles make it much harder for thieves to cut through it. On the average, competent high-security locks can be found for around 25 dollars. Brands like Best, Mul-T-Lock, and Medeco are always a good bet. It also helps to combine multiple locks that aren’t from the same company – this would protect your property from criminals with single break-in methods.


As additional security tactics, never put irreplaceable valuable items inside your checked luggage – instead, bring it with you in carry on. Additionally, you might want to use saran wrap, zip-ties, or tape to show you if your suitcase has been opened. It’s definitely an effective deterrent to criminals who don’t want to waste time getting through a zip tie and get caught. As many levels of security as possible is highly advised –  any additional, unfamiliar level with effectively deter criminals. The best solutions are the one’s that you cater to your specific situational needs. Find whatever weak links figuratively or literally exist in your luggage, and reenforce and strengthen them. By utilizing layered security, you can protect your luggage in airports, or really any transportation environment.

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Winter Door Lock Protection

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It’s official; we’re in the dead of winter. It’s time to prepare to shovel driveways and break out the heavy jackets. Unfortunately, the increasingly cold weather can also cause functional issues with your home or business’s locks. For residences, commercial property, and especially cars, moist and cold weather can seriously affect the correct functioning of your locks. This can make it very difficult to open locks, or can even render them totally unsuable. In this post, I’ll talk about some tips that you can implement in order to protect your locks against Mother Nature.

Freezing Contraction, Warming Expanding

You might remember learning about the way that cold works on a molecular scale in school. Extreme cold causes molecules to contract – and heat causes them to expand. The molecules that make up locks and doors aren’t an exception to this – and just a slight change in their proportions can affect their proper functioning. If a lock is just slightly misaligned it can quickly wear out, or lose it’s functioning. That’s why having your locks correctly installed on doors ensures their longer life. If you have a lock installed on an outside wooden door, the level of professionalism with which the job was done becomes quickly apparent in warm or cold weather when the door expands or contracts slightly. As the wooden door expands or contracts, it can possibly misalign an improperly installed lock. If this occurs, it’s going to be necessary to hire a professional to restore it to proper functioning, regardless of the temperature outside.

Internal Automotive Deep Freeze

Expansion and contraction can affect your residential or commercial locks; however automotive locks aren’t usually affected like this, due to how their parts are structured. The main common issue for cars in cold weather is the freezing of locks. If any moisture gets trapped inside the lock – which can happen easily amidst ice, snow, sleet, and high winds – it can quickly freeze and solidify if the car is left outside in the cold for a long amount of time. The solution to this problem is somewhat more simple than the problems posed by the expansion and contraction of doors. Before contacting a locksmith, you can attempt to reverse or prevent a broken frozen lock. First, lightly heat up your car key before putting it into the frozen lock – remember not to make it too hot, as this method can potentially damage your key or lock if it’s improperly implemented. Your other option is to store your vehicle inside a garage or indoor holding area. By doing this, you can keep the car from getting so cold that the moisture on the inside of the lock will freeze and solidify. Automotive locks are more regularly exposed to freezing temperatures than other locks, as, for example, your home lock contains a side that remains inside your heated interior.

Depending on personal taste, some people love the winter for it’s coziness and pristine quiet, while others dread it for it’s extreme cold. Regardless of your feelings about the season, it’s wise to utilize these tips to prevent your personal or property’s security be compromised by extreme temperatures.

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