Security seals are known to protect items on-the-go, most commonly ones being transported in shipping containers. Because of the different phases each shipment goes through, it’s important to ensure all the items remain safe and reach their destination without any issues. This is why tamper-evident seals exist, to easily notify the receiver if the items have been tampered with.
This probably sounds like a good deal for your own personal items, right? I’m sure you would want to know if anything of yours has been tampered with, especially while traveling or staying somewhere other than your home.
Here are three different scenarios where you can put your mind at ease by utilizing security seal products.
Traveling by Plane
As if the packing process isn’t stressful enough, traveling by plane can leave you worrying about lost or tampered luggage, especially if the destination is far.
- Use tamper-evident security tape to secure a luggage lock, zippers and anything that requires a key to open, like a safe.
- Use padlocks on the zippers of the luggage.
You can also take comfort in knowing that airlines utilize security seals in different areas of the plane, such as the belly. American Casting & Manufacturing explains, “Wherever there is a bag, bin or crate that luggage or cargo goes into, there will also be a seal. After the transported goods are inspected, they are also sealed before they are loaded onto the plane. Those seals are then checked as they are unloaded to be sure that nothing has been either tampered with or affected by general travel.”
Staying at the Hotel
In this situation, you’re somewhere that you’re probably not entirely familiar with, but are granted basic security. Still, you can’t always be sure if your items are at risk or how reliable hotel room safes are.
- Use tamper-evident security tape to cover the lock of the door.
- Use a cable lock on anything valuable you need to leave behind, like your laptop.
- Use extra tape to cover up the peephole on the door.
Sending Items Through Mail
In this situation, the same thought process applies:
- Use tamper-evident security tape when mailing important documents, packages or money.
- Use plastic security seals for mail sacks.
Security products don’t come with a 100% guarantee that nothing will be stolen, but it is an easy and quick indication that tampering occurred. Also, individuals are less likely to attempt it when these products are involved.
Bonus Security Advice
- Keep your money in a few different but secure locations. This way, if anything were to happen to your wallet, you won’t be left with nothing.
- Consider an RFID (radio frequency identification) wallet to prevent electronic pickpocketing. An RFID wallet can be handy at home as well, but especially helpful if you’re far from your bank.
- Scan and/or copy all traveling documents. Whether the documents are intentionally stolen or they were in a bag or wallet that was stolen, it’s important to have backup, especially if you’re out of the country and it’s your only form of identification. This may also speed up the replacement process.
- Get creative with how you carry your items. Since it’s a popular vacation spot, let’s use the beach for example. If you need to bring money and/or valuables, put them in an empty jar of sunblock. You can also disguise your items in an empty snack box or a solid colored travel mug.
- If you arrive before check-in and choose to start touring, make sure you get a receipt for all items you’re leaving at the hotel.
During the times you feel you have a little less control over what happens to your personal belongings, like when traveling, you have the option to add more security with security seals and these other helpful tips and tricks.
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