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The Passport Hustle - Are you #PassportAware?

24 June 2015 by Anna Staford

World Travel Insurance News

As the thoughts of millions of British nationals begin to turn to holidays abroad this summer, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) is launching a campaign to underline the value of the British passport and to help travellers to recognise and avoid potential threats from thieves.

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Last year more than 20,000 British passports were reported lost or stolen, with anecdotal evidence suggesting that many British nationals fell foul of thieves and pickpockets. To make people more aware of the risk to their passports and other valuables, the FCO has teamed up with stealth crime expert and ‘Man of Steal’ James Freedman to create a series of short video clips to demonstrate the techniques used by thieves to pilfer passports, and to offer advice on how to avoid becoming a target.

To ensure that Britons are #PassportAware, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office has launched a series of short videos to make people aware of the risk to their passports and valuables whilst abroad. The Passport Hustle videos show crime expert and ‘Man of Steal’ James Freedman demonstrating a few techniques used by thieves to swipe a passport from your possession, and offer advice on how to avoid becoming a target.

The FCO’s top tips for keeping your passports safe are:

  • Be aware of your surroundings and strangers who take an unusual amount of interest in you
  • A damaged passport cannot be used for travel, so value it and keep it safe
  • Lock your passport in a safe
  • Make two photocopies of your passport – leave one with friends or family and take the second with you, or store an electronic copy securely
  • Check the entry requirements of your destination before you go
  • Ensure you fill in the emergency details before you go

Be passport aware and avoid being hustled on holiday.

Be passport aware and avoid being hustled on holiday.

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