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Brits who have belongings stolen on holiday aren’t claiming from insurance new reports suggest

Holidays are meant to be a time for relaxing, not worrying about you stolen and misplaced items. According to newly released stats, 1 in 3 Brits have had their valuables stolen on holiday.

Luxury travel company eShores carried out the survey on 1,250 holidaymakers who had their belongings taken while abroad. The holidaymakers were asked questions including what items that have had stolen from them, what country they had their possessions stolen from them, and the value of their items that were taken.

Surprisingly, Spain came out as the number one destination where Brits have had their precious possessions stolen, closely followed by the humble ‘staycation’ in their British homeland. These were closely followed by British holidaymaker’s favourites, France, Greece and Italy.

Although sunglasses were the belonging most likely to be lost, stolen, or forgotten, more valuable items including cameras and purses were the most common belongings to disappear while abroad.

Cameras, passports, and surprisingly underwear, are the most common belongings that were stolen from Brits abroad.

The study suggested that belongings were more likely to be stolen on a beach holiday, rather than a city break, with 44% of people on a beach holiday having possessions stolen, and 23% on a city break.

eShores also studied the total worth of the possessions stolen. The company found that people who had lost items with a value of £100+ was a third of those surveyed. It was discovered that on average, Brits lose personal items with a value of £55 per holiday, with 3.2 being the average number of holidays taken by Brits each year. Although these stats would be shocking to most, they didn't seem to affect the amount who made claims on their travel insurance policies. 52% of the victims who had possessions stolen from them admitted to not claiming on the policies that they had taken out for the holiday that the crime happened on.

Study conducted by eShores, and originally published at