A couple of years ago a few items went missing from our checked bags during a flight from Los Angeles to Maui. A note inside said that the luggage had been checked by a TSA agent which led us to assume two things, that said checker stole them or they fell out during the search. We contacted TSA and after much back and forth and paper work they said they would reimburse us for the lost items, but we have yet to get the check. Anyhow since publishing an article about this, I received a slew of emails, one from Tamperguard a company that recently created Tamperlock luggage Security Labels, which are not intended to keep TSA agents out as they can cut it off, but thieves that might be lurking around your bags. According to a company spokesperson, “TSA can open the suitcase by simply tearing off the Tamperlock device, the same way the user removes it when they arrive at their destination. TSA scans all luggage but obviously only opens a very small percentage of bags, and they always leave notification of their inspection. Tamper lock is a tamper evident device and because it cannot be removed without leaving evidence it is a deterrent. Locks and stretch film do not offer this evidence and are much more expensive.”
Although locks can be picked and zipper separated Tamperlock labels reveal f they have been touched. According to the Tamper Lock website, “Tamperlock was created to protect against luggage theft and deter thieves from stealing. The labels are easy to apply and inexpensive to use. Nothing can be removed from, or put into a suitcase protected by Tamperlock without leaving clear and obvious signs of tampering. Even extreme temperature (heat or cold) cannot be used to defeat the adhesive.” Baggage theft happens all too often. Many travelers lock their bags; however locks do little to safeguard bags from thieves. Bags can be easily opened, items can be removed or put in, and reclosed without the lock being removed. With Tamperlock, your luggage cannot be opened without your knowledge and the label cannot be removed without leaving evidence. Each label also has its own serial number; therefore it can’t be replaced with a different label.
“I did a lot of research on luggage theft when I first came up with the idea to create Tamperlock,” explained William Drori, president of Tamperguard, the manufacturer of the labels. “Most people don’t realize the value in protecting their bags because they haven’t experienced theft issues while traveling. However, luggage theft is far more prevalent than people think. It only takes one time for your entire world to be thrown off balance. Tamperlock is a quick, easy and inexpensive way to safeguard your valuables. In my opinion, why take the risk of not using them?”
Tamperlock labels come in packs of 12 and sell for $12 here.
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