Sun, sea and scamsSouthern Cross Travel Insurance survey reveals how crime affects us on holiday.
- 60% of people have encountered a crime whilst travelling overseas.
- 15% have been ripped off converting currency.
- 21% have been deliberately given incorrect change.
- 7% have had a bank card duplicated or stolen.
- 5% have been mugged or robbed and a further 5% have been pick-pocketed.
- 38% of travellers stated that crime ruined part, or all, of their holiday.
- 14% of people had to cover the losses themselves, because they had no travel insurance.
Where travellers encounter crime
- Indonesia / Bali 14%
- Thailand 11%
- USA 10%
- Hong Kong 8%
- China 7%
- Fiji 7%
- France 7%
- Italy 5%
- Malaysia 5%
- Singapore 5%
- UK 5%
- Vietnam 5%
5 tips for avoiding crime
- Keep valuables in sight or in a secure place such as the hotel safe
- Avoid walking around at night alone, especially in unlit areas
- Stay sharp! Don’t drink too much and get plenty of rest
- Don’t keep all your money in one place and never leave your wallet in your back pocket
- Make it difficult for pickpockets by keeping your bag zipped and close to you
What to do if you encounter crime
- Contact the police immediately
- Get a police report to help with any claims
- Contact your travel insurance company who will be able to advise what documents you need to make a claim