Women warned of bag risk
26 January 2009 08:59
Women should make sure they take out travel insurance for their holidays in case their handbags are lost or stolen, as new research has revealed that the average value of a woman's handbag and its contents comes to £290.
Research from Sheilas' Wheels home insurance has stated though, that the real cost could also be much more, with almost two thirds of women carrying around in their bags at least one item that could be used to steal their identity.
And with identity theft costing £1.7 billion per year, women should also be more careful with the items they carry around, including utility bills, diaries and cheque books.
Women are encouraged by Sheilas' Wheels to only carry around the bare essentials and make sure their bag is secure in terms of it having a zip and the way in which it is carried.
Jacky Brown at Sheilas' Wheels home insurance, commented: "Losing a bag and its contents not only creates the obvious problem of loss of cash and credit cards, but can lead to identity theft.
"With the size of fashionable handbags on the up, it's crucial to only carry around the bare essentials and declutter regularly."