Master Lock Encourages Holiday Travelers to Check Their Safety

Master Lock Encourages Holiday Travelers to Check Their Safety List
Company Provides Tips for Travelers to Keep Safety and Security a
Priority This Holiday Season 
MILWAUKEE, WI -- (Marketwire) -- 11/13/12 --  During the holidays an
average of 34 percent of Americans spend one to three nights away
from home(1) -- making safe travel precautions an important item on
the holiday check-list. Master Lock reminds holiday travelers to
check their lists twice before departing and while in-transit to
enjoy a safe and happy holiday season. 
"Inclement weather and an abundance of travelers can make heading out
of town to see loved ones for the holidays a stressful experience
where safety precautions are often overlooked," said Rebecca Smith,
vice president, marketing for Master Lock. "By planning ahead and
taking the time to think through proper safety and security measures,
travelers can ensure the holidays are spent focused on good friends
and family."  
To keep the home and family secure during the holiday season's hustle
and bustle, Master Lock offers five tips to help travelers keep
safety top-of-mind:  
1. Keep that lived in look. In 2010, more than 1.8 million homes were
burglarized(2) with 400,000 of those burglaries taking place between
November and December(3). Making the home appear active while away
can discourage potential break-ins. Set a timer for both inside and
outside lights to switch on and off and turn a radio or TV on to
create the illusion that someone is home. Hold your mail deliveries
at, and contact your other providers to stop newspaper and
package drop-offs while you're away.  
2. Toast don't post. Resist the temptation to update your social
network accounts with travel plans to avoid having the news of the
unoccupied status of your home fall into the wrong hands. Instead,
spend that time in the company of friends and family toasting to
health and happiness, and wait to post photos of holiday fun until
you return home.  
3. Check (Twice) Before Travel. Before departing for a holiday
destination, check the schedules and status of your flight, train or
traffic route to stay aware of delays, bad weather and other
potential changes. Checking in on the status of your method of travel
will guarantee you are prepared for any delays and keep you calm
during the holiday rush. And don't forget to double-check your travel
documents before leaving the house.  
4. Activity and Emergency Kits Are Key. Whether traveling by train or
car, always carry a first aid kit stocked with bottled water, snacks,
medication, bandages, a flashlight and cell phone charger. Should you
encounter a problem or a long distance between rest-stops on your
route, these items can help keep you nourished and your travel
companions busy. Keep children occupied by bringing fun games or
movies to lessen driving distractions. If traveling by car, have it
inspected by a mechanic or someone you trust before a long journey to
make sure all systems are primed and tires are filled.  
5. Lock It Down & Carry It On. A reported 200 items are stolen each
day from JFK Airport(4), one of the busiest airports in the world.
Keep your valuables including cell phones, wallets, watches/jewelry
and other important property safe by carrying them with you at all
times and locking them up while on-the-go. Storage solutions like the
5900D SafeSpace(TM) are perfect for keeping these items secure. In
addition, use generic luggage, be mindful of wearing flashy jewelry
and dress down to prevent being targeted for theft. Secure checked
and carry-on luggage with a TSA-accepted lock, such as the 4688D
Combination Lock while traveling to prevent unauthorized access to
your possessions.  
For more information about these safe holiday travel and security
solutions, please visit the Master Lock website at
or the Master Lock Facebook page at
Visit to utilize the free, secure online data
storage website and smart phone app for easy access on the go -- an
ideal place to keep important account information, passwords and
other private information. 
About Master Lock
 Master Lock is the world's largest manufacturer of
padlocks and related security products providing innovative security
solutions for home, automotive, campus, power sports, bike and
storage security needs for consumers and industry alike. Master Lock
Company LLC is an operating unit of Fortune Brands Home & Security,
Inc., a leading consumer brands company. Headquartered in Deerfield,
Ill., Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. (NYSE: FBHS) is included
in the S&P MidCap 400 Index. For more information about Master Lock,
(1)According to the Research and Innovative Technology Administration
of the Bureau of Transportation
 (2)According to a 2012 ORC
International report
 (3)According to 2011 Federal Bureau
Investigation Statistics
 (4)According to WCBS-TV New York 
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