How to Stay Safe now Restrictions are Lifted

As of July 19th, most Covid restrictions will be lifted and this means a return to normal life. However, some would argue that there is no normal after Covid. Although all government restrictions will be lifted, you may want to consider ways to keep yourself safe. Covid-19 will be part of our lives, possibly forever, and it’s up to individuals to make personal decisions to minimise risk. It’s true that all activities will now carry a Covid risk, but it’s no longer beneficial for people to stay in their homes. There are actions you can take to protect yourself and others around you. We will go through the ways you can keep yourself safe and stop the spread of the virus.

 

What’s happening to Restrictions on July 19th?

Most of the legal restrictions surround Covid-19 will be lifted on July 19. According to the government website this is what will be happening on July 19th;

 

  • You will not need to stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with.
  • There will be no limits on the number of people you can meet.
  • It will no longer be necessary for the Government to instruct people to work from home. Employers can start to plan a return to workplaces.
  • Face coverings will no longer be required by law in any setting.
  • There will no longer be limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, civil partnerships, funerals and other life events (including receptions and celebrations). There will be no requirement for table service at life events, or restrictions on singing or dancing.
  • There will no longer be restrictions on group sizes for attending communal worship

 

What do businesses and venues have to do?

All the businesses that have been made to stay closed throughout the pandemic will now be allowed to open. This includes nightclubs, discos and adult entertainment venues. While all capacity limits will be lifted for sports, entertainment and business events. This also means that pubs, cafes and restaurants will no longer have to provide table service and follow social distancing rules. Although there will be no legal reason for venues to provide any Covid protection, they should implement protocols to keep customers safe. Read about Keeping Yourself Safe at Big Events in our previous blog.

So, what can you do to keep yourself and others safe when restrictions lift?

 

Face Coverings

Although you are not legally required to do so, you may want to continue to wear a face covering in public venues. Face coverings help slow the spread of coronavirus by preventing droplets in the air from spreading, a known way that Covid-19 spreads.

 

Use the track and trace app

The reason you use the NHS track and Trace app is because it lets you know if you have been in close contact with anyone that has since tested positive for Covid, regardless of whether you know each other. The app is free to download and the majority of venues, should have a way for you to check in using the app when you arrive.

 

Fresh air and Ventilation

When a person has Covid-19 and they talk, cough or breath, they will release droplets and aerosols that can be inhaled by another person. Fresh are blows these particles away, so sitting near a window or making sure there is sufficient ventilation in an indoor venue will help stop the spread of coronavirus. You can also make use of your extractor fan and leave it running to improve the ventilation in your home when you have guests. Basically, the more fresh air you let into your home the less likely you are to inhale infectious particles.

 

Testing at Home

It’s well known that 1 in 3 people that have Covid-19 don’t have any symptoms, which means they could be spreading the virus without knowing it. Rapid lateral flow testing is available to everyone, for free, so you are able to test twice a week if you want to. The early detection of the virus will enable people to self-isolate quicker, which will slow the spread of the virus.

 

Personal hygiene

Washing your hands with soap and water or using hand sanitiser on a regular basis is a good way to reduce your risk of catching coronavirus. The Gov.uk website say that washing or sanitising your hands after the following;

  • after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose
  • before you eat or handle food
  • after coming into contact with surfaces touched by many others, such as handles, handrails and light switches
  • after coming into contact with shared areas such as kitchens and bathrooms
  • when you return home

 

It’s advisable to touch your face as little as possible. Your hands touch a lot of different surfaces during the day and this is where you might pick up Covid, as surfaces can become infected with Covid-19. So,

if you touch an infected surface and then touch your eyes, mouth or nose, you can become infected with the virus. But washing or sanitising your hands after touching a surface will reduce your risk of transferring the infection to yourself.

Covid is also transmitted by coughing and sneezing, so to protect others you need to cover your mouth every time you sneeze or cough. An uncovered sneeze or cough will greatly increase the chance of those around you catching the virus. Government advice on this is;

  • Cover your mouth and nose with disposable tissues when you cough or sneeze.
  • If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow, not into your hand.
  • Dispose of tissues into a rubbish bag and immediately wash your hands.

 

No Close Contact

One of the major ways Covid spreads is through close contact with someone who is infected. They spread the virus through; speaking, coughing or sneezing, that could then be inhaled by you. This is why we have all been following social distancing guidelines and but because the government are no longer enforcing these doesn’t mean you have to stop. You might want to consider remaining 2 metres apart, especially if you are spending a prolonged time with them.

 

GETTING THE VACCINE

The most effective way to protect yourself from Covid-19 is getting yourself vaccinated. Everyone over the age of 18 can now get their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. If you haven’t booked your jab yet then go onto the NHS website to book.

 

Living With Covid-19

Even though restrictions are being lifted, that doesn’t mean Covid-19 is gone. The virus is something that we will have to get used t and deal with, much like the flu. We all have a roll in stopping the spread of the Coronavirus and taking step such as the ones we have explained will protect you and those around you.

How to Stay Safe at Large Events

Most legal restrictions are currently being lifted around the world and therefore large gatherings and planned in-person events are expected to now go ahead. Although it is exciting to be able to participate in events we’ve missed last year with people from various households again, several safety factors are crucial to keep in mind. Safety factors are not only attached to covid-19 risks, but also to a personal risk as people may have forgotten important safety measures after a year of virtual events. The following are some tips to help you stay safe when you are preparing for a fun event.

Pack to Protect

Nothing is more frustrating than having a great time at an event or festival only to discover that your bag has been slit open or your phone has vanished from your pocket. Whether you have experienced this before or just someone you know has, we have all been there, and there is no doubt the feeling is unmistakable. So, it’s always best to have the following security tips in mind.

  • Consider security when you pack valuable items for event usage. Don’t list valuables on box labels or purposely mislabel them.
  • Don’t put your phone and wallet in an easily zipped pocket, for example in your front pocket as it decreases the chance of someone grabbing your phone and wallet with your knowledge.
  • You can consider getting a traveller’s wallet or a runner’s belt. These items will help in keeping your cash, identification, and even your phone near to your body and in a hard-to-reach location.

Car Park Security

Coming back to your parked car to discover your windows smashed or your campsite wrecked while you were at the festival could be even worse and is also experienced by many people during events. The Times has reported that vehicle thefts increased by more than 50% in 2020, which is the highest level of stolen cars, vans, and motorcycles in four years.

Therefore, make sure you never leave any valuables in your car that can be seen, and store anything out of sight in your boot or elsewhere in the car. Stolen wheels are worth a lot of money, either as parts or as trash. Your vehicle’s wheels are less likely to be stolen if you use locking wheel nuts. Most importantly, and worryingly, breaking into a vehicle can take less than 30 seconds. Thieves will usually avoid parking in well-lit places or on busy streets since they are more likely to be observed, so park in busier areas during a large event.

Remain Alert

Recognizing a suspicious act ahead of time could not only help in avoiding a dangerous incident, whether for you or someone else. This is why remaining alert is important. Don’t get distracted while enjoying your time and forget about what and who can be surrounding you or your group of friends.

Let the Experts Help

Security for large events is a highly specialised profession with government-recognized credentials. A security breach can have very serious effects. If you have seen any suspicious person acting strangely, directly go and notify a security expert at the event or if there are any police officers. If something happens, remember, don’t panic, keep calm and go to someone who will help you. It’s a good idea to keep those security guards in your sights during the event.

Covid-19

Reduce any potential awkwardness

There is no doubt meeting new people will be essential in large events and communicating with new people out of your zone could happen. In general, there’s an overarching question hanging in the air: What should we do and how should we act around people now? If this is one of the causes of your newfound social awkwardness, read on for some advice on how to stay safe whilst dealing with the issues that can occur as a result of social distancing anxieties and concerns.

  • Make it a point to talk about social distancing, even if it’s uncomfortable.
  • If someone has a different point of view towards social distancing, offer to negotiate rather than reacting negatively.

Always follow the latest government guidelines which you can find here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus to have a fun yet safe event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home Security Systems

Home security systems are increasing in popularity as they become more accessible to homeowners over the last few years. But what are home security systems? How do home security systems work? And what are the best home security systems on the market for 2021? Find out all of this and more in our blog below!

 

What is a Home Security System?

A home security system is used to protect the home against burglars by using interconnected devices that work through a central control panel that alert the homeowner to a possible intruder when triggered. A home security system is often made up of multiple parts including the following:

 

Control Panel

The control panel is the hub of a home security section and is what connects all the devices and is the device that arms and disarms the security devices. It is often a small device mounted on the wall with a touchpad and can work via pass codes, voice control or wireless key fobs.

 

Outdoor Home Security Cameras

Outdoor security cameras are usually placed to view the entry points on the exterior of the home and can be hooked up to the mains or smart security cameras can be wireless and connected to the internet. Outdoor home security cameras work by providing a continuous live stream footage that can be sent to your home and often include features such as alerts when movement is detected, infrared night vision, two-way audio and storage. Find out more about Outdoor Security Camera’s here!

 

Indoor Security Cameras

Indoor security cameras are also an option for homeowners who are installing a home security system. Much like an outdoor home security camera the indoor cameras provide live streaming and often include features such as notifications sent straight to your smart phone when triggered. Indoor security cameras are often useful if you have pets in the home or if you are unfortunate enough to be burgled to trace the intruders steps which helps you identify what is missing and helps the police with their investigation.

 

Motion Sensors on Windows and Doors

Motion sensors are placed on main entryways such as the front door or on downstairs windows. They detect motion and alert you when triggered.

 

Alarm

Sometimes an additional alarm is required if the control panel does not have one built in. An alarm sets off a loud ringing sound when triggered by the other security devices which not only alerts you to a possible intruder but more often than not scares off the intruder before they get a chance to enter your home a steal your possessions. Some alarms are also connected to the local police and alerts them to a possible break-in when triggered.

 

How do Home Security Systems Work?

Home security systems work using a term called the ‘Internet of Things’ which refers to the interconnectivity between appliances in the home. In this case it applies to the smart home security system working together to provide seamless protection against intruders. Home security systems or smart home security systems provide warning of an intruder when triggered in the form of a loud siren sounding and an alert sent to your smart phone.

 

Best Smart Home Security Systems for 2021

Our top three picks for the best home security systems 2021 are as follows:

 

Hive Smart Home Security

The Hive Smart Home Security System is a great product for those who are new to smart home security systems and are looking for an easy to use home security system with a sleek, understated design. They offer a wide range of features and 5 different packages including a bespoke package to your home via their quiz online so you can choose the best home security package for you. Find out more on their website here.

 

SimpliSafe

SimpliSafe home security systems are another product we love for ease of use. You can simply open up the box and get it running, no tools or experience required. SimpliSafe also offer a few different home security packages so that you can choose one that suits your home and needs. The most basic package ‘The Foundation’ retails for just £200 and includes the hub, control panel, entry sensor and SimpliCam camera which is a great deal. What is really great about SimpliSafe is that there are no contracts. Find out more on their website here.

 

Blink

Blink home security systems are perfect for those who already may have Amazon smart home products as it is an Amazon company. The camera’s start at just £35 and are controlled by Alexa so you can say ‘Alexa show me the front door camera” for example making Blink really affordable if you already have Amazon smart home products in your home. Find out more about Blink on Amazon here.

 

Keytek® Locksmiths

We are dedicated in helping people secure their homes across the UK. If you enjoyed this blog why not check out How to take a Taxi Safely and The Future of Security 2021: Ring Indoor Drone!

 

 

https://www.security.org/home-security-systems/what-is-a-home-security-system/

https://www.safewise.com/home-security-faq/how-do-security-systems-work/

 

 

Commuting Safely to Work

How to Commute Safely to Work

 

Now that restrictions are starting to ease and you may be heading back into the office, you might need to think about keeping yourself safe as you make your way to work. As well as Covid considerations, there are other safety aspects of travelling to work that you need to be aware of. Whether you take public transport to work or drive yourself, there are always risks. We will go through the potential risks of commuting to work and how to be aware and avoid them.

 

Commuting During the Pandemic

 

Public Transport

Obviously using your own private transport during Covid is the safest way to commute, but that isn’t an option for everyone. So lets look at the ways you can keep yourself safe from Covid on public transport.

Avoid touching things– sounds obvious, but using contactless payment options is a great way stop the spread of coronavirus. If you do end up touching a ‘frequently touched’ surface then try to wash or antibac your hands as soon as you can. This is because coronavirus can remain on surfaces such as plastic and metal for a while.

Be aware of your face– on average we touch our faces around 16 times per hour, so if you have contaminated hands, you need to try not to touch for face. This is the same with gloves, don’t be lulled into a false sense of security with gloves, they will also be contaminated if you touch a surface that contains the coronavirus. Its actually safer to not wear gloves and use hand sanitiser regularly.

Don’t fidget– where possible try not to adjust or touch your mask, you risk contaminating it. It’s important that you always wear your mask correctly on public transport, to protect yourself and others.

Maintain social distancing– if possible, try to travel during non-peak hours and always keep at least 1 metre plus from those around you. There should be social distance markers on public transport, so try to follow the guidance.

Improve ventilation– if at all possible open any windows on the bus or train you are on. This is especially true if you are in a car share or taxi as you can’t socially distance when in a car.

 

Walking to Work

While walking to work is one of the safest ways of commuting Covid wise, it does pose some other risks that you need to be prepared for. Unfortunately you are more at risk walking alone if you are a woman, try to employ as many as our tips as you can.

Plan your route– if you haven’t walked to work before then its important you check before you set of the route you will take. If you do need to stop and look at a map or your phone, then make sure you stop where lots of people are.

Let someone know- it’s vital that you let your colleagues know that you are walking to work and what time you are likely to arrive. Exchange phones numbers with a colleague if possible, so you can let them know if there are any issues.

Walk with confidence– try to make eye contact with those you pass by, and keep your head up, this will make you less likely to be an attacker’s target.

Wear the right shoes– this is more than just a comfort thing, its for safety as well. Wear shoes that make it easy to make a quick getaway, if you’ve ever tried to run in heals or flip flops then you know what we mean. Try to wear flats or trainers, you can always change your shoes when you get to the office.

Safe clothing– try to wear clothing that makes you visible, such as bright colours or reflective bands and strips. This is more important in winter when its darker for longer.

Stick to public areas– if at all possible, try to walk where there are lots of people, where you can be seen even if it takes you longer. Taking shortcuts through woodlands or secluded fields puts you at risk.

Be aware of your surroundings- it’s advisable not to wear headphones when walking as it makes it easy for someone to sneak up on you undetected. Same principle if you are staring at your phone while walking, you need to keep your eyes a head and be alert to what’s happening around you.

Traffic safety– you must always walk into the direction of oncoming traffic; this means you will be able to see the traffic coming towards you. It also means a vehicle won’t be able to pull up behind and surprise you.

Extra steps– carry a personal alarm that admits a loud noise when activated. Keep your valuables hidden and finally trust your instincts, if you see someone who looks suspicious then cross the road.

To learn more about walking alone safely then read our blog on keeping yourself safe.

 

Driving

When it comes to commuting, driving to work, is the safest way Covid wise, however you need to make considerations for other road users to keep yourself and them safe. Speed is a major factor in accidents and its pedestrians that you need to watch your speed for. Shockingly children that are hit at above 20 miles an hour will nearly always die, but under 20 will nearly always survive. So, when driving through a built-up area, especially near school, you need to watch your speed.

You also must resist the urge to look at your phone while driving, not only is it illegal, looking at your phone means you are more likely to be in an accident. The best way to avoid temptation is to keep your phone on silent out of arms reach. Some modern cars come with screens and can connect to your phone, but this needs to be done when you are stationery.

 

What to take away…

 

Whether you drive, walk or get public transport when commuting to you must keep yourself safe. This applies to Covid as well as your general safety. Hopefully you have learned some useful tips that will keep yourself on the way to work.

Keytek Joins Checkatrade!

 

We are now proudly a member of the UK’s number 1 way to find trusted tradespeople, Checkatrade! As the UK’s leading Locksmith community, we continually strive for excellence as we set the standards for the industry and being a Checkatrade member is a further commitment to our high standards of practise.

 

What is Checkatrade?

Checkatrade is the ultimate place for customers to find professional, reliable, and trustworthy tradespeople, with their list of certified members ranging from builders to plumbers to Locksmiths to gardeners. They offer a partnership between members and customers, where only the best businesses are connected to customers to ensure excellent products and customer services.

All members need to adhere to ‘The Checkatrade Standard’ where 7 detailed guidelines are laid out, providing best practices for everything health and safety to resolving issues. Compliance of these guidelines ensure that all members are up to scratch and customer receive only the best experiences.

Checkatrade also provides customers a platform to leave detailed and informed reviews about businesses to share their experiences with other would be customers and to ensure the real gems of the industry shine through.

 

Why Have We Joined Checkatrade?

From the outset, Keytek® Locksmiths has been committed to providing customers with experienced, professional, and trustworthy Locksmiths and we believe Checkatrade matches us in this vision.

We, as a leader in the industry, are committed to the further education and expertise of all Locksmiths to ensure that all customers receive only the best Locksmith services. We feel our partnership with Checkatrade ensures that customers can be assured of the excellence that we as experts provide. To become a member, we had to meet a specific criteria with our qualifications, insurance references and code of ethics vetted rigorously by Checkatrade experts to confirm our high code of contacts already in place.

 

Receiving Customer Feedback Through Checkatrade

All Keytek® Locksmiths adhere to a professional code of conduct, where feedback plays an important role. We strongly believe that customer feedback is an essential part of maintaining our high practices of conduct and now that we are a member of Checkatrade, it has opened another platform where customers can share their experiences with us, and we can continually self-assess to ensure service excellence.

 

What this Means for Keytek Customers

For all Keytek® customers; whether past, present, or future, our membership with Checkatrade ensures that they will not only continue to receive excellent customer service but are offered even more avenues for feedback where we can continue to improve and adapt our services.

We strive to consistently raise our already high standards and to further promote the confidence that customers can have in their home security and the standards of the Locksmiths they are calling out.

Locksmiths are often called out in times of crisis and stress and ensuring professionalism and expertise from all Locksmiths in the industry through partnership with external moderators only raises the bar for the industry as a whole. We believe our partnership with Checkatrade not only be hugely successful for both customers and our Locksmiths but also for the entire industry.

 

Regulating the Industry

Unfortunately, as an unregulated industry, there are many rogue Locksmiths out there that don’t offer the professionalism and standards of practise that we would expect from our Locksmiths. This can lead to over pricing, lower standards of practise and no accountably for poor services.

This can understandably cause potential customers to be wary when booking with a Locksmith so our partnership with a recognised regulator such as Checkatrade we hope will only increase customer confidence.

Staying Safe this Summer: 2021!

The summer sun is finally coming back around and we’re all excited to enjoy the outdoors more often. As always it is important to stay safe in the summer so we’ve complied some top tips in staying safe in yourself, your home and keeping your car safe this summer in our blog below!

 

In Yourself

As we’re all aware your body also overheats in the warmer weather, remember these top 5 tips to keep yourself safe this summer:

  1. Hydrate – drink lots of water during the summer months to ensure you don’t suffer from dehydration.
  2. Suncream – Protect yourself from harmful UV rays by wearing suncream and reapplying often when out in the sunshine.
  3. Midday Shade – the sun is at its hottest between 11am-3pm so you may want to avoid planning being in the full sun between these times.
  4. Clothing – wear loose, light weight clothing and a hat to avoid overheating and burning your scalp. You are more likely to feel cool if your head is.
  5. Stay Cool – avoid over exertion in the hot weather, take cool showers if you’re feeling overheated and keep your windows open in your home to allow air to circulate.

Your Car

As you may be travelling more this summer, especially as more of us are having a staycation in the UK this year it is important you do some vital checks on your car to get you from A to B safely. Some top tips to follow this summer are:

Check Tyre Pressure: Did you know the temperature can affect the pressure in your tyres?  You can find how much pressure should be in your tyres in your vehicle handbook or printed in the sill of the driver’s door. Most petrol stations or garages have air pressure gauges and pumps to inflate them correctly.

Car Battery: Heat can make the fluid in your car battery to evaporate which will cause damage to the internal structure. Get your car serviced regularly to combat this.

Oil: Ensure your oil is within the two indicator levels, you may need to top it up more during the summer months if you plan to travel longer distances.

Air Conditioning: Nobody likes to sit in a hot tin car, ensure your air conditioning is serviced regularly will mean you can drive comfortably in the hot weather allowing you to concentrate on the roads better. Top tip: if you’re planning a journey in the summer months, wind down your windows slightly to let some air circulate before you get in to avoid sitting in stuffy, hot air.

Your Home

Did you know the weather can also affect elements of your home? We as Locksmiths get called out for the same frequent issues during the summer months, sticking and swollen doors! The sunshine, humidity and soaring temperatures really take a beating to your doors which can impact its usability, durability and security! If you have wooden doors ensure you protect them with UV protection varnish or paint it in a lighter colour which will absorb less heat. If you have a composite or uPVC door simply wash the door down with cool water in the summer months to prevent it from overheating.

Don’t forget to protect those extensions you may have such as a summer house or a beach hut! Find out more information on Summer House Security here and Beach Hut Security here!

Covid-19

Last but not least, we must all keep maintaining to do our bit to help stop the spread of coronavirus. Always follow the latest Government guidelines which you can find here! https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Hopefully not long to go now before we reach normality!

 

 

Luggage Locks – The Guide to Luggage Security

Have you booked your trip away for 2021 yet? You may have everything in order but have you remembered to think about the security of your luggage whilst it is in the hands of the airport or when it is sitting in your hotel room when you’re out for the day? Whilst you may have thought to remember to ensure you and your belongings are insured, there is no harm in taking a few extra security measures so you’re not left stressing about your lost things when you’re enjoying your well earned break!

 

Types of Luggage Locks

There are a variety of luggage locks on the market but which is the best to keep your luggage secure to prevent theft?

 

Luggage Key Lock Padlock

Luggage padlocks that operate with a key are one of the most popular padlocks on the market as they can be used for a variety of uses from securing your luggage to securing your garden shed.

The benefits of using a simple key operated padlock are that they are cheap and easily found in any local hardware store. On the other hand, these types of locks are easily broken as the keyhole can be subject to interference and keys can be easily lost, rendering the lock useless.

 

Combination Luggage Lock

Combination locks are keyless forms of locking your luggage together, instead of using a key to secure the lock they use a combination of 3+ dials of which the user sets a pin code to gain access once locked.

Combination luggage locks are much more convenient than key operated locks as there are no other compartments to carry around and potentially lose. They are stronger than their counterpart as there is no weak point, as there is no keyhole but again the lock is rendered useless if you forget the code.

 

Cable Luggage Lock

These security luggage locks are similar to combination luggage locks but instead of a stiff shackle it has a flexible, extendable cable so that it can easily pass through multiple zipper points on luggage.

Cable combination locks are perfect if there are multiple compartments on your suitcase or backpack, there is no need to fiddle around with multiple locks as a cable lock is able to do the job of multiple locks. Additionally, if you wish to secure your luggage to solid objects there are extenders available to buy to be able to do so. The disadvantages of a combination cable lock are the same as a regular combination luggage lock.

 

Key Card Luggage Lock

These locks do not require a key or a combination code to gain access; rather they use a key card to unlock the padlocks.

Key card locks are a great alternative for those who may lose a small padlock key or forget the pin to their combination lock. Most key card locks come equipped with 3 cards, x2 credit card sized so they fit nicely inside a purse or wallet and one smaller to fit onto a key chain, making them harder to lose than standard padlock keys. There is still a disadvantage to these locks as no lock is 100% secure and it is possible to lose all three key cards.

 

Why You Should Use a Luggage Lock

Using a luggage lock can help to deter opportunistic baggage handlers or security officers to rummage through your suitcase or bag at the airport once it’s checked in, furthermore it ensures that your bag stays closed through transit so that your underwear doesn’t become sprawled on the tarmac.

Using a luggage lock just gives that extra layer of security and peace of mind that when you aren’t with your hold luggage that your stuff is secure. We would however always recommend that anything of significant should be carried with you in your hand luggage.

 

TSA Approved Luggage Locks

TSA approved luggage locks are great for those travelling to the US. This is because the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) agents are required to spot check through the luggage that comes through US airports. TSA approved luggage locks are all accessible through a universal master key, meaning if your luggage is checked in airport security the TSA can open the lock with the universal key without causing damage to your TSA approved lock or to your suitcase.

If you are travelling to the US and lock your case with a non TSA lock the agents are within their rights to do whatever they have to do in order to gain access, including damaging the lock rendering it useless. These rules are in place to ensure the safety of yourselves and other travellers.

 

Luggage Lock Alternatives

A great alternative to using a luggage lock to keep your zip closed and secure from chance burglars is to use a cable tie. These can be picked up very cheaply in any local hardware store, these will work just as well as a lock to prevent your luggage from spilling open and are much cheaper to replace than a lock should your luggage be checked and prised open by airport security.

 

Luggage Straps

Security luggage straps are a great way to keep your belongings secure against the rough and tumble your luggage goes through at the airport. Luggage straps work by wrapping tightly around a suitcase and clipping shut with a clasp. They are adjustable in length to ensure a snug fit and are available in different colours or with a personalisation option so your luggage is clear to spot amongst the rest.

Additionally, there are security luggage straps on the market which include a combination lock on the clasp which will keep chance burglars at bay as well as some including a name tag so that it is easily identifiable to airport security should you and your luggage arrive at different destinations.

 

Luggage Tracker

Another way to help keep your belongings safe is to buy a GPS luggage tracker. These are usually small, lightweight bits of technology that fit inside your case and most claim that they are traceable from anywhere in the world. The majority of GPS luggage trackers include an app that works with your smartphone so if your luggage was to disappear whilst travelling, you can easily track it down with a click of a button!

 

Clingfilm

Using cling film to wrap around your luggage has been a method used by many for years. Cling film is a one-use plastic and is extremely bad for the environment, so in this case we recommend that you avoid using it for your luggage.

 

The Top 5 Luggage Locks

Diyife TSA Luggage Locks

This lock is our top pick for the best luggage lock to secure your suitcase. A standard 3 dial combination lock with a cut resistant steel cable that will fit through most zipper holes ensures that not only can this lock be used on pretty much any luggage but your stuff inside is secured as it travels. If you travel to the USA frequently, this lock is even TSA approved and should for any reason they need to open your case, to get their key out they must re-lock this luggage lock.

Coming in a pack of 2, this luggage lock costs £7.99 can be bought from Amazon.

 

eGeeTouch Smart TSA Travel Lock

For those who are tech savy, the eGeeTouch Smart TSA Travel Lock may be for you. The most expensive lock out of our top picks but it takes away the need to remember a combination code or a key and simply opens with the use of a smart phone, smart watch, or the accompanying NFC Fob. Compatible with both IOS and Android, not only does this lock secure your bag but you can use it to track where your luggage is, ensuring that it is always safe. Unfortunately, the battery of this lock isn’t rechargeable, which isn’t the most environmentally friendly as you will have to buy a new lock once it runs out, however the battery life supposedly lasts approximately 3 years! (or 4000 lock/unlock cycles).

You can currently buy a pack of 2 for £35 or a single lock for £19 from Amazon.

 

Master Lock 4688D Combination Lock

One of the most popular locks on the market, the Master lock is a favorite because of its versatility and resistant features. The flexible cable makes it easier to secure zipper holes together. Another 3-number combination lock, this one is TSA approved. Compact, lightweight, and secure this lock is a good choice for all.

Find it on Amazon for £15.98.

 

Tarris TSA Lock Search Alert

TSA approved but with a built-in search alert, so should you be a frequent flyer to the USA this lock will tell you if your bag has been opened and inspected. The indicator changes from green to red if the lock has been opened by an agent, but otherwise the lock is just a standard 3 number combination lock.

This lock is slightly more expensive at £15 but is well worth the expense if you are a frequent flyer. Find it on Amazon.

 

Forge TSA Approved Ultra-Secure Dimple Key Travel Lock

Known for its durability and versatility, the Forge Lock is a simple key lock, so you don’t have to worry about forgetting or fumbling with a combination lock. Little known fact is that if your luggage is opened by the TSA they are under no obligation to resecure the lock, however with the dimple key they must lock the luggage before they can remove their key.

Find a pack of 2 for £15 on Amazon.

 

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