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> Luggage locks are basically only a deterrence against casual crime-of-opportunity thieves or pickpockets. I've found it's much simpler to just use a zip tie on my zipper.

You might want to see this (opening a suitcase with a ball pen):


Parent doesn't say that zip ties are better than mere "deterrence against casual crime-of-opportunity thieves or pickpockets".

In fact he points that a mere nailcutter works fine for removing those too.

His main point is just that its not any better to bother with luggage locks and a zip tie can be even simpler.

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