8 Ways To Ward Off Thieves While Traveling

The summer travel season might be winding down, but that won’t stop thieves from trying to paw your precious valuables. Keep them at bay with the following eight tips…

  • Carry On Valuables. Travel guru Peter Greenberg says there are two types of luggage: carry-on, and lost. Keep your valuables with you at all times.
  • Don’t Need It? Don’t Bring It. Leave the nice diamond earrings and flashy bracelets at home.
  • Pack Valuables In See-Through Bags. Put an extra layer between your valuables and crooked TSA wannabes so they don’t have a reason to directly handle your rubies.
  • Make Your Bag Screener Friendly. Beyond the clear bag, deter opportunistic thieves and secondary screenings by packing in layers so your bag will image cleanly.
  • Don’t Throw Loose Items Into Screening Bins. Stash your cellphone and keys in your bag before pushing it through the scanner.
  • Don’t Leave Your Bags Unattended. Is that your checked bag at the other end of the carousel with the Care Bears tag? Don’t put down your carry-on to go look.
  • Safes! Use safes wherever you go because they work.
  • Trust Nobody. Don’t believe tour guides who say it’s safe to leave things unattended on a tour bus. It’s not.

10 tips to protect valuables from travel theft [Tripso]
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