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The locks on your luggage are not that secure when it comes to the professional thief or manipulator and are really no more than a deterrent. But, if time is of the essence to the perpetrator, and it usually is when a crime is involved, there are a couple of suggestions that might deter surreptitious entry and/or theft:
For added security on all luggage, run a strip of nylon filament tape around the suitcase to preclude its opening accidentally if dropped or mistreated by baggage handlers.
For luggage and briefcases with two combination locks, reset the combination locks from the factory combination (000) to different combinations on each of the right and left locks.
For luggage with single locks, set the lock on each piece of luggage with a different combination.
DO NOT pack extra glasses or necessary daily medication in your luggage. Carry it in your briefcase, purse or pocket. If you are the victim of a hijacking you may need these items -- if they are in your luggage, you probably will not be able to get to them.
On your luggage use your business address and telephone number. If possible, use a closed name tag with a cover. Do not use a laminated business card on your luggage, and avoid putting the company name or any logos on your luggage.
Check with the airline and/or your personal insurance company regarding any lost luggage coverage.
Make sure you use sturdy luggage. Do not over pack as the luggage could open if dropped. Bind the luggage with strapping so that it will remain intact.
Never place your valuables (jewelry, money and travelers checks) in your checked luggage. Never leave your bags unattended.
Consider obtaining a modest amount of foreign currency before you leave your home country. Criminals often watch for and target international travelers purchasing large amounts of foreign currency at airport banks and currency exchange windows.
Excerpted from:U. S. Department of State, Overseas Security Advisory Council. U. S. State Department Publication 10214. November, 1994. pg. 5 Note: As of July, 1997 this was the latest non-internet-published U.S. State Department document pertaining to this topic.
Your Armchair Advisor says "don't pack anything precious or irreplaceable in your check-in luggage."
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