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10 Clever Ways To Protect Your Food From The Office Lunch Thief

Sharing isn't always caring—especially when it comes to food at work. From the subtle (put your name on it!) to the extreme (yes, a fridge locker exists), these are the top ways to keep your lunch safe from the common office thief.

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Fridge Lockervia

Fridge Locker

Big enough to fit your average container but small enough to slide into the lunchroom refrigerator, this refrigerator lock box ($28) has a three-digit combination lock and sturdy bars to keep out any hungry hands.

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Moldy Bagsvia

Moldy Bags

Protect your PB&J with a fake mold sandwich bag ($8). While the black splotches make your lunch look like it was made five months ago instead of five hours ago, don’t worry: the resealable bags are completely food-safe! P.S. If you’re bored of peanut butter and jelly, try one of these 48 sandwich recipes.

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Silly Stickersvia

Silly Stickers

Let your lunchbox do the talking by sticking one of these hilarious labels ($5) on the outside. After all, if your coworkers are willing to eat something labeled “bacteria growth experiment,” more power to them. Speaking of icky things, avoid eating these 11 foods as leftovers—they can actually make you sick!

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Alarm Lockvia

Alarm Lock

You might not see the refrigerator robber but you’ll definitely hear them thanks to this anti-theft alarm ($35). When tampered with, the lock beeps at a volume of 130 dB, which, if you’re wondering, is the equivalent of a jackhammer.

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Cockroach Clipsvia

Cockroach Clips

These plastic insects ($4 each) pull double-duty. Not only will they seal your snack bags to keep your food fresh but they’re also so realistic that they’ll give quite the scare to anyone who dares to reach inside your lunchbox.

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Mini Fridgevia

Mini Fridge

You’ve locked it, you’ve labeled it, but nothing seems to deter whoever keeps nabbing your mid-day meal. The only solution? Bring your own fridge to work with this 10-liter compact cooler ($80), which will fit perfectly underneath your desk. Psst: Here are seven tips to help keep your new refrigerator organized.

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Bad Beansvia

Bad Beans

If you find that someone’s been dipping into your stash of sweets, stick a Bean Boozled bag ($5) in as bait. The culprit will bite into a mouthful of jelly beans in disgusting flavors like rotten eggs, barf and spoiled milk. We bet that’ll be the last time they ever steal something from your lunch again!

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Book Safevia

Book Safe

Looks like a dictionary, acts as a secret storage spot. This metal safe lock box ($14) is expertly disguised so it will blend right in on your office bookshelf. Fill the hollowed out center with non-refrigerated food like these easy, energy-boosting snacks.

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Multiple Containersvia

Multiple Containers

Here’s the thing: An already-tossed salad or an expertly-made sandwich is easy for a food filcher to grab and go. Decrease your chances of losing your lunch by packing all the components separately in these assorted plastic containers ($22), then preparing your meal right before it’s time to eat.

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Name Labelsvia

Name Labels

Plaster your name on every container, bag and bottle in your lunchbox with these personalized, waterproof stickers ($10). It would be pretty suspicious if someone saw Karen eating a container of yogurt that said “Amy,” after all. You could also take it one step further by writing directly on your containers with a permanent marker.

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Amanda Tarlton
As both a freelance lifestyle writer and editor for a national teen magazine, Amanda spends most of her time creating #content. In those (rare) moments when she's not at her desk typing furiously, she's likely teaching a hot yoga class, reading the latest chick-lit or baking a batch of her famous scones.