How to Protect Your Luggage From Thieves at the Airport

"GMA" shares tips on how you can avoid becoming a victim during your summer travel.
3:14 | 07/23/15

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We are back now with "Gma on the lookout" this morning. We are looking out for your luggage. Summertime is the prime season for thieves who want to swipe your bags and ABC's Mara schiavocampo traveled to the ft. Lauderdale airport to find out how you can protect your valuables. Reporter: These people may look like tourists but Seattle airport police say they're actually thieves taking luggage right from the baggage carousel. Police releasing these surveillance videos just last month to tell passengers to beware of theft at the baggage claim. A crime that can be all too easy as I'm about to find out with my own bag. So we just landed, got off the plane. I have to stop at the rest room and get water and finally headed to get the bag. A potentially costly delay. Pickpocket expert bob an know who know what is it looks like uses that precious time to grab it from the carousel. Now, are you happy to see nothing here? No, I was looking for my bag here. Your bag. Your bag is right here. You thief. Reporter: He says he studies thieves to help security officials learn how to catch crooks. How often does this happen? This type of crime happens in waves. Reporter: He easily swipes another bag off the carousel right in front of dozens of people including the bag's owners. Did you see we stole it? We took it. No. Reporter: It's not just your luggage. He sees a woman with her purse open and has me ago as a decoy. He lowers and hand and jacket. While talking he takes her phone. Reporter: Would you surprise that somebody stole something while we were talking to you. Who stole something. Reporter: A ball point pen is all he needs to open this. I cannot close it. A selfie stick. Just take a look with me again acting as bob's decoy he takes a man's entire laptop bag perched directly next to him. You did the classic thing wrong here. You two guys are looking at each other and this sits behind you. Your eyes aren't on that one, right? Am I correct? Reporter: So how can you keep your stuff safe? First don't get a black bag. A bold color is harder for thieves to pass off as their own. Second, go directly to baggage claiming after getting off the plane. And always keep your belongings in your line of sight. When you're actually taking the bag how long does that take? Two seconds. Reporter: It's quick. That's it. Now, if you don't want to get a new bag like a colored one or switch from black you can always just put tape around the zipper. What that does makes it more distinguishable and keep someone from using that pen trick to break into your bag. Extra tip and anything valuable carry it with you. Carry on is the sure make to make no one -- Steal your luggage from 1965 and no one will want it. Thank you so much.

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