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Which? Money warns over holiday theft

28 July 2009 08:28

Which? Money warns over holiday theft

Brits abroad could be targeted by thieves looking to steal cards as they may wear less clothes when on a holiday, which could leave money or wallets more visible, it has been said.

Senior researcher at Which? Money Dan Moore noted that when at home in the UK, people may be wearing a number of layers, such as jeans and a jacket.

"Whereas, if you are on holiday, you've got shorts on in a light material, it's quite clear that someone is carrying around cash with them or a card," he said.

Such comments may encourage people to check their travel insurance policy covers them for having cards stolen.

Mr Moore also said that although people go on holiday to relax, they must remember to be aware of their surroundings.

Figures published by life assistance company CPP show that over the past year, there has been a 17 per cent rise in the number of lost or stolen cards abroad.