Theft abroad on the rise

By: Keith Mcgregor
Generally when we go abroad, our guard is down and this is whatthe professional gangs and pickpockets look out for. Whilst baggagethat is lost whilst under the control of the carrier may be attributedto theft, generally this will be marked down as lost in transit and aclaim against the carrier and travel insurancewill be fairly straight forward providing that a passenger irregularityreport is obtained from the airline. But this is just the tip of theiceberg for the unwary traveller. Many thefts occur as soon as you havepicked up your bags and ventured into the arrivals hall.

Picking up ahire car is a very common place to be targeted where bags are takenwhilst distracted at the counter. Travelling on public transport isanother popular target area where jostling can appear harmless, only tofind that a purse or wallet has been taken in the confusion. Placingbags under your chair in a restaurant is an open invitation to it beinglifted. If you are unfortunate to have any items stolen on holiday, domake a list of the items stolen and cancel your credit cards andtravellers cheques immediately. Go to the local police station as soonas possible and insist on a police report. This is an absolute must ifyou intend to claim on your travel insuranceand most policies insist that this should be done within 24 hours ofthe incident. If you don't, then you will find your insurer lessinclined to pay out. If you lose your passport, then contact thenearest British EmbassyArticle Search, High Commission or Consulate who will be ableto issue you with an emergency replacement passport to get you home.

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