Cheap and Effective Security Solutions for Bags You Already Own
Here are a couple of easy, clever, and inexpensive solutions to lock your zippers to theft-proof the bags you love. If you love your purse, bag, luggage or backpack, and it doesn’t have built-in theft proof zippers you can use these items to add a layer of security to them. Use these solutions for keeping your zippers closed every day or temporarily. They will help keep your valuables secure and increase your peace of mind. You should be enjoying the sights, dining, shopping or relaxing and not worrying about thieves and pickpockets in a crowd. Lock your zippers to act as a visual deterrent to a thief scoping out a victim. If your bag looks more difficult to breach because of a lock, even a makeshift zipper lock, a thief just might pass you by and target another victim with an easier to open zipper.
Why Unlocked Zippers are a Problem
This video shows a woman who just got off the London tube and stopped by a store to do a little bit of shopping. While doing so, you will see how a brazen thief steals the victim’s wallet from her suitcase while she is standing just inches away. The CCTV video footage shows the owner of the bag looking at items while the thief unzips the front pocket at the top of her large black suitcase, puts her hand inside and steals the victim’s wallet.
Solutions for Locking Zippers Down
The Triple Lock is a versatile lock for luggage. It prevents zippers from traveling to re-seal punctures. Because of its unique design, it can be used for other functions too like locking bags together to make the carrying of them more difficult and thereby more difficult to steal. The triple lock can also lock a bag to an object or to a stationary or fixed item. Simply attach one loop to your bag handle and the other loop to a fixed item such as a chair, bed frame, or drawer handle or even another suitcase. An example of when this feature is useful is while you’re sleeping on a train, or in a hotel or hostel and you want to lock your bag and have it stay put while you are unable to watch it. Learn more about the triple lock.
Zipper Locks are an effective solution to keep prying hands out of your purse, backpack, or travel bag. To work as intended you need a bag with a double zipper, that is with two zipper pulls. This is because this clever little gadget holds the two zip pullers together so they can’t be separated to access the bag. To use you simply depress the silver portion of the clip to attach and detach the locks to the zipper pulls. While it is easy for you to unhook the zipper locks if you want to get into your bag, there’s a good chance you’d notice a stranger trying to remove the locks. These are reusable and an affordable security solution. Learn more about zipper locks.
Zip Ties for Luggage or Bags Known as Secure a Bag Cable Ties these are disposable, one time use zip ties. They come with nail clippers which you use to cut the ties (you can now travel with nail clippers in your carry on bag. The advantage of this security device is you can instantly see if the zip tie has been cut off. Use zip ties only if you’re not planning on accessing your bag frequently because each tie is a one time use item. Also, consider if you do fly with one these on your bag the TSA has a right to cut it off and once it is cut the TSA can’t reapply it. If you’re locking a bag in a hotel, car, or even at home, the convenience of not remembering a combination or keeping track of a small lock key has its advantages. Learn more about zip ties.