Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Stay Safe This Summer With Master Lock - Review and Giveaway

I received product for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

The summer travel season is here! But with almost half of consumers using only the simple precaution of locking their homes’ windows and doors while traveling, Master Lock is reminding travelers of other important to-dos to ensure a safe and enjoyable getaway.

"After one of the worst winters on record, we know people are eager for a getaway," said Rebecca Smith, vice president, marketing for Master Lock. "As the leading manufacturer of safety and security products, we want to remind travelers to take the necessary precautions that will help prevent vacation time from being dampened by safety and security issues."

As travelers take to trains (preferred by 3.8 percent of North Americans), planes (24.17 percent) and automobiles (68.58 percent) this summer, Master Lock offers these five security tips:

1. Protect the Home Front - A home that looks deserted makes an easy target for thieves. To keep your home looking occupied, set your lights on a timer and stop your newspaper and mail delivery so it doesn't build up while you are away. For added security, ask a trusted neighbor to check your home periodically and alert the police of any suspicious activity. Grant easy access to authorized visitors by storing your spare key in a portable key safe, like the Master Lock 5422D.

2. Limit Distractions on the Road - A focused driver is essential for any safe road trip, so plan to limit distractions by muting cell phones and packing provisions to keep young passengers fully entertained. Also, making frequent stops to refuel your body and clear your mind can boost energy and make for a safer journey.

3. Prevent Theft from Luggage - In a recent survey, North Americans said they would be most devastated if their cash (25.59 percent) or their camera (19.91 percent) were stolen from their suitcase*. With only 33 percent of North Americans securing their luggage*, travelers should consider using a TSA-accepted luggage lock to help ensure the contents of their bags remain secure. If possible, keep valuables that would be hard to replace in a carry-on bag so they're always with you.

4. Protect Your Home Away from Home - Always lock up valuables when away from your room. If your hotel doesn't offer an in-room safe, bring your own portable 5900D SafeSpace to keep passports, jewelry and small electronics safe while you and your family are out and about.

5. Take Advantage of Technology - Advancements in technology continue to make travel both easier and safer. A smart idea for keeping kids safe is to take a cell phone picture of them every morning while on vacation. If something happens or if you get separated, you have a recent picture of him/her that shows the exact outfit they are wearing that day. Also, utilize the free Master Lock Vault app and website to store digital copies of important data such as travel documents, insurance cards, passports and medical information for easy access if paper documents are not readily available or are lost.


I don't use access cards for any purpose but do have keys that I like to keep stored away. The Master Lock 5422D is a portable keep safe that provides secure storage of keys or access cards. With it, I'm able to set my own combination using up to 12 letters, numbers, or both with an alpha/numeric keypad. It gives me peace of mind knowing that certain keys to certain places are available only to me.

The portable key safe is made of durable metal construction. A protective weather cover prevents freezing and jamming. Although the inside area isn't real large, there is room enough to hold a few keys or access cards.
Operating instructions for opening the portable key safe and setting a new combination are fairly simple. You need to first use the yellow Recode tool or a small screwdriver to set the numbers to the "On" position. Until you do that, the combination is not set in place. To open the lock box with the combination you've set, you have to press down the "clear" button, enter your combination, then press down the "open" button. From there, you can gain access to whatever is in the safe. There's also a shackle on the safe so you can hang it around a door knob or other object.

The numbers and letters on the keypad are easy to read and you're able to open the safe after just a few quick button pushes. The combination can be one to twelve characters long but you can't use the same character more than once. Although that makes it harder for other people to gain access, it also makes it harder for me to remember my own combination. I've written down the combination in case I forget but I also have the option to register it online at masterlockvault.com, where I could retrieve that information if needed. The Portable Push Button Lock Box is a handy apparatus.

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30 comments:

Lisa Brown said...

I will not be traveling far this summer; only going camping for a week.

suburban prep said...

I do not think that we are goin anywhere this summer.

Gala said...

we are going to spend a week on the beach
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jbmthill said...

We are flying from Michigan to New Orleans, renting a car then driving down to Orlando.
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Laura Pruett said...

We may go to Six Flags.

Angela snoozy said...

We are going on a trip to South Dakota! Can't wait!

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Rusthawk said...

We're hoping to go on a road trip in the fall.

heymissvirginia said...

If we can get a few days off, we plan on going to the Florida Keys.
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spike said...

We have a quick getaway planned, but otherwise we'll be staying home!

Sacha Schroeder said...

We won't be going on a vacation this summer... unfortunately!

latanya t said...

not this summer

Rebecca Parsons said...

We are going back to the Smoky Mountains for a week.

Shelly Leatham said...

We are moving this summer, so just planning little weekend lake trips!

jakiesmom said...

we are going to granmas for a few weeks

tammy said...

going to our lakehouse

rubynreba said...

Probably not - trying to save money!

Darby Elizabeth said...

probably not-maybe in the fall

Heather! said...

We are headed to the Outer Banks in two weeks! Whoo-hoo!

Heavensangel2387 said...

Yes we will be traveling this Summer to California!

Heather said...

As of right now we do not have any summer plans. My oldest will be ging to DC and New York in October though!

Misha Estrada said...

I don't think we'll be going anywhere.

Laura said...

Yes, we like to take frequent trips down to Gulf Shores, AL. It's is beautiful there, and it's only about a 2 1/2 hour drive, so we can go often and easily.

Melissa Storms said...

We are planning to visit family in NJ and Florida this summer.

bettycd said...

We are not vacationing during the summer

bettycd said...

We are not vacationing during the summer

HedgeHogi said...

Yes, we are! We could use this! Just here in the states for now until our newborn is a bit older.

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Debby said...

We're not going anywhere on vacation this summer...just got back yesterday from visiting family.

Birdie Bee said...

I will likely stay home and have my grandchildren some to visit.

amanda whitley said...

we will going to Nashville to visit family.

lilyk said...

I will be staying home.