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November 15, 2009|Jane Engle

Worried about your bag getting stolen in baggage claim? Nearly 60% of 1,830 people who responded to an online TripAdvisor poll said they always or often were concerned about the security of their luggage in the baggage-claim area. Only 11% said they were never concerned. Here are steps you can take to protect your possessions, gleaned from research and chats with security experts:

* Don't check bags: Pack lightly and use a carry-on.

* Keep valuables with you.

* Make your bag stand out. Criminals tend to go after the nondescript, common bag.

* Use cheap luggage: Why flash your cash?

* Don't dally: Go to baggage claim as soon as you get off the plane.

* Fly nonstop: The more connections you make, the greater the chance that your bags may be errantly routed.

-- Jane Engle

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