Travel insurance: Brits urged to report stolen items on holiday

Monday, 23 July 2007

Holidaying Britons are being encouraged to report stolen items as quickly as possible to the police to give themselves as good a chance as possible of making a claim.

Research carried out by finds that one in ten Britons may be jeopardising the possibility of making a claim on their travel insurance package by only reporting the theft of an item when they return from a break.

Some seven per cent of Britons are also risking not receiving a pay-out on their travel insurance by ringing their travel insurer first.

Richard Mason, director of insurance at, said: "Don't let your relaxed holiday attitude make you vulnerable to crime; keep vigilant and report a theft within 24 hours. Most [travel] insurance policies will not cover stolen items if a crime number is not sought from the local police."

Mr Mason also said that consumers should pay particular attention to the minutiae of their insurance so as not to void a travel insurance claim.

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