Simple Safeguards To Protect Yourself When Traveling
Whether you’re traveling within the United States or abroad, follow these simple steps to protect you and your belongings.
- When checking your baggage, use a Master Lock TSA-accepted locking device – the one device the airport screeners won’t cut! These locks allow the TSA screeners to inspect and relock your baggage without damaging your lock.
- Secure your carry-on bags with a Master Lock TSA-accepted locking closure as an additional safeguard.
- Place your contact information inside and outside your baggage. This provides the fastest way to return your baggage to you if it is lost or mishandled.
- Use a TSA-accepted lock on all bags throughout your trip – even in your hotel room and at the bell desk – as an additional theft deterrent. Available locks include set your own combination, keyed, or straps to suit your needs.
- Carry an ATM card, credit cards or traveler’s checks instead of cash. Keep your traveler’s checks in a money belt under your clothing for extra protection.
- As recommend by the U.S. State Dept., register your trip in case of emergency at their free online service: https://travelregistration.state.gov/
- Sign your passport, include emergency contact information and give copies of it and other important documents to a family member or trusted friend in case of an emergency.
Simple Steps to Safeguard Your Home While You’re Away
Whether you’re away from home for a short or extended period for business or leisure travel, rest assured that your home is safe and secure by using these tips.
- Eliminate easy entry points by keeping entry doors, windows and the garage door closed and locked while you’re away. To secure sliding doors, invest in a Master Lock door security bar that will prevent against unauthorized entry. Visit www.masterlock.com for more information.
- Never indicate that you’re away from home on your answering machine message. Turn down your telephone ringer volume. Unanswered telephone calls can alert burglars to an empty home.
- Show activity in your home while you’re away. Keep a car in the driveway, and keep interior and exterior lights on a timer. Consider a randomized version to turn your lights on and off at various 15-minute intervals.
- Hold your mail and newspaper and any other deliveries while you’re out of town. Visit www.usps.com to hold your mail service.
- Activate installed NightWatch deadbolts – the only deadbolt that prevents an intruder from entering your home, even if they have your key – on all but one entry door when you leave your home. This will prevent unauthorized keyed entry while you’re away. Visit www.masterdoorlock.com to view a demonstration.
- Don’t hide spare keys outside of your home. Experienced burglars will know where to look for them. Use Master Lock’s line of locking key storage products as a secure, alternative solution. Visit www.masterlock.com for more information.
- Give your lawn one last trim, or ask a neighbor to do it for you while you’re gone. An unkempt lawn can encourage thieves.
- Ask for help. Neighbors can make your home look lived in by parking their cars in your driveway and putting trash cans out at your curb on pickup days.