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Where can I buy luggage cable ties with serial numbers?

Inverness, United...
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Where can I buy luggage cable ties with serial numbers?

I live in the UK and have been looking for cable ties/plastic zip ties to use instead of padlocks for our bags. I want numbered ones so that I know no-one has been in my luggage- does anyone know where to buy them from or even a more effective name to search for online? I'm looking for the one use ones that have to be cut off and, preferably, bright ones so I can see my cases easily on the conveyor. I can only find the non-numbered ones. My sister in-law buys them in Oz but I can't find them in the UK - can anyone help?

London, United...
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1. Re: Where can I buy luggage cable ties with serial numbers?

I don't understand the need for numbered tags? If security need to go into your luggage they will and should leave a note? You should not carry anything that is valuable in your hold luggage.

If you want to cable tie it, do so, but more to prevent the bag splitting open rather than anything else.

If someone has been in your bag and taken something you will know, as something will be gone. The fact the tags have changed is irrelevant,,,a pic of your bag tied with a numbered tie, that could have been taken weeks before your travel will not help any insurance claim,,,,you could have faked it.

Liverpool, UK
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2. Re: Where can I buy luggage cable ties with serial numbers?

These might meet your need although I think it's unnecessary

http://www.ebay.co.uk/bhp/numbered-cable-ties

Garden Bay, Canada
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3. Re: Where can I buy luggage cable ties with serial numbers?

Use a normal zip tie and a marker pen.

Vancouver, Canada
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4. Re: Where can I buy luggage cable ties with serial numbers?

It looks like ebay might be a possibility:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/bhp/numbered-cable-ties

http://www.universeal.co.uk

www.tonesties.co.uk/printed-cable-ties.aspx

I can see how tying your bags this way would give you some certainty when you got your bags at the carousel end. Wouldn't stop anyone going in, but any reties that were done would be noticeable to you.

Edited: 2:53 pm, October 13, 2013
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5. Re: Where can I buy luggage cable ties with serial numbers?

Probably worrying about the "drug smugglers put stuff in my bag" myth.

Poulton Le Fylde...
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6. Re: Where can I buy luggage cable ties with serial numbers?

You can break into any nylon zippered case and close it undetected - see m.youtube.com/watch…

Adelaide, Australia
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7. Re: Where can I buy luggage cable ties with serial numbers?

I don't know about the UK - but here in Australia we can buy them at shops that sell travel goods.

Inverness, United...
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8. Re: Where can I buy luggage cable ties with serial numbers?

Thanks TomC97 & MuftiMixandmatch ... Great help...that's them ordered :)

9. Re: Where can I buy luggage cable ties with serial numbers?

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Sydney, Australia
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10. Re: Where can I buy luggage cable ties with serial numbers?

>>I don't know about the UK - but here in Australia we can buy them at shops that sell travel goods.<<

True Nozzie and an added bonus is they have a pull tab on the side so you can remove them without the need for scissors. Plus, they're light and no need for keys. Not overly expensive either - about $15 for 20.