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Brits warned over need for passport protection

26 January 2009 11:42

Brits warned over need for passport protection

Britons should learn to value their passports when they travel abroad as the threat of identity theft increases, experts claim.

Some 290,996 passports were lost or stolen in the UK in 2006, up from just 62,364 in 1999, as identity theft and issues with immigration cause more problems.

But experts are now urging travellers to make sure they have their passport properly insured with travel insurance when they head away on holiday, to make sure they are covered for expenses and delays caused should they lose their passport overseas.

Experts suggest travellers note down the number and issue date of their passport and keep those details in a safe place, as well as taking two copies of the page in the passport that carries their photo – and leaving one with family or friends.

Using hotel security boxes is also a good idea, although a survey conducted by Capital One in 2007 found that only 45 per cent of respondents admitted they used hotel safes when on holiday.