Caution urged for Spanish tourists

Holidaymakers in Spain are being told to air on the side of caution because according to a recent poll carried out by AA Travel Insurance they are the most likely to be robbed while soaking up the sun, while holidaymakers in France and Italy have more chance of being pick pocketed, studies reveal.

The poll shows that 81 out of 3,000 people had possessions stolen while holidaying in Spain.  More than half of the people that were asked believed they were singled out because they looked like a tourist.

Pick pocketing came in as the most common form of robbery, with one in six being targeted on public transport.

The most common items stolen were revealed to be bank cards, electronics and passports.  Some of the more bizarre items that were stolen consisted of shoes, toiletries and even chocolates.

The poll also revealed a wide range of techniques used by thieves, ranging from quick and opportunistic acts of robbery like snatching necklaces and stealing luggage from overhead compartments on planes, to more premeditated incidents which involved slashing the tyres of holidaymakers, waiting for them to pullover and stealing from them on the roadside.

AA press officer Miriam O´Neill suggests being conscious of your surroundings and making your belongings as inaccessible as possible to avoid falling into the same traps as other less aware and unfortunate holidaymakers.  Miriam also suggests taking out comprehensive travel insurance that covers emergency passport replacement.

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