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Old 07-26-2010, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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We've been doing a fair amount of traveling since retirement, with several international trips per year. One issue about luggage security has always been a bit of a bother, especially for international trips -- use a TSA approved lock or go bare. Several of our travel companions have had articles disappear from their TSA locked luggage. It seems that locked luggage is a magnet for theft attention.

My solution is to use plastic ties (the kind you get from Home Depot or Loews) for large trash bags. It doesn't stop a determined thief or create a problem for the authorities but does take more time and so far, has worked for us. JMO.
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Old 07-26-2010, 11:37 AM
 
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The zip ties are easier than the locks to bypass. On a locked bag, they need to have the key, on a zip bag, they just need anything like a nail clipper or scissor.
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Old 07-26-2010, 02:28 PM
 
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I think Pilgrim is saying that the lock acts as a "thief magnet" in that the thief will believe there is something valuable in the suitcase, and thus will go to extra efforts to break into the luggage.

Better solution - don't put anything valuable in luggage. Clothes, shaving kit or ladies equivalent. What else do you need? The rest put into your (small size please) carry on that you keep with you.
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Old 07-26-2010, 02:32 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Best solution-carry on. I went to Europe in January with my mother. I always carry on, she doesn't. Guess whose suitcase was missing half of the things? Yup, second time this happened to her. We had a 4 hour layover in Prague (just like last time) and aside from her clothing, stuff she bought as gifts were all stolen. Worst part? Nothing you can do about it, it's a risk you take. She can't prove what she had in there. I have no issues packing 2-3 weeks wroth of stuff into a carry-on, regardless of the season.
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Old 07-26-2010, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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at MIA, they offer a plastic wrap for your bags and I didnt have any problems with my luggage other than a broken bottle of rum due to bad placement on my part.
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Old 07-26-2010, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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I think Pilgrim is saying that the lock acts as a "thief magnet" in that the thief will believe there is something valuable in the suitcase, and thus will go to extra efforts to break into the luggage.

Better solution - don't put anything valuable in luggage. Clothes, shaving kit or ladies equivalent. What else do you need? The rest put into your (small size please) carry on that you keep with you.
Dead on correct - we've had the locked stuff broken into but never had a problem with the plastic tied stuff. Of particular importance, its hard to buy luggage with real metal zippers, the nylon stuff isn't reliable in our experience. It will break open and create a hassle for you. As noted, you've got to be dumb to put anything valuable in you're checked gear. JMO

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