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Holidaymakers urged to keep a close eye on cash and belongings

Brits heading abroad are being advised to keep a close eye on their belongings and their cash, as research has revealed that 7% of Brits have fallen victim to conmen or thieves in the last two years.

It has been revealed that an average of £414 worth of personal belongs is taken from tourists who are the victim of crime while on holiday.

Hotel rooms and public places are the most common scenes of the crime, leaving holidaymakers short-changed. A distraught 16% of victims said that the crime happened in these locations while 13% were duped at a tourist attraction. A further 13% of holidaymakers were even targeted whilst walking down the street.

Tourists may never know when or where the attackers will strike, as 10% have also experienced theft at the beach, 9% at an ATM and 6% whilst in the car.

Figures from Sainsbury’s Finance show that a growing number of holidaymakers are being conned, with 59% seeing their cash fall into the hands of criminals in the last two years.

One of the most common ways crooks fool tourists is with a fake fine. This is when a taxi driver insists that the passengers pay a fine for not wearing a seatbelt. He then hands the fine over to a ‘policeman’ or ‘airport official’ who is in on the scam.

Almost one in four have had their wallet stolen. Other items on the criminal wish list include credit or debit cards, mobile phones, cameras, clothing, mp3 players and watches.

“We go on holiday to relax and spend time with our family and friends but unfortunately, our research reveals that for some Brits this time can be marred by falling victim to local crime,” said Jo Nola, of Sainsbury's Travel Money.

“Our research shows that cash is the most common target for thieves while on holiday so it's advisable to avoid carrying large amounts with you, or leaving it in your hotel room.”

No one wants to be the victim of crime while on holiday, but travel insurance will at least ensure you are financially protected should the worst happen.

Date Created: 15 August 2012

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