It is a problem faced by many holidaymakers – how do you make sure your suitcase will arrive at your destination intact and secure?
Firstly, make sure you pack your belongings in a sturdy, hard-sided suitcase, preferably with a metal lock of some kind. A soft sided suitcase with a zip may be a target for thieves. Even if the zip is padlocked, a thief can open the zip with a sharp, pointed implement or may use a knife to rip the material of the case.
Pack valuables – money, passports, credit cards, electronics and mobile phones, etc – in your carry-on luggage and make sure you keep it with you at all times.
Once at the airport, be vigilant of your luggage at all times until you have handed it over to baggage check-in. Your carry-on bag will have to go through a security check and you may have to empty out some of the contents onto plastic trays and place these on a conveyor belt. Make sure you keep everything in sight (as far as possible) and that the only person who handles your belongings is a member of airport security.
Finally, get to the baggage claim area before your bags are unloaded from the plane so that you can claim your luggage as soon as it is placed on the belts.