WATCH: How to avoid falling victim to pickpockets on holiday

The Foreign Office have released a video highlighting the ways in which you could get hustled for your passport on holiday

WATCH: How to avoid falling victim to pickpockets on holiday

by Kayleigh Dray |
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Every year, thousands of Brits report their passports as lost or stolen.

In fact, in 2014 alone, over 20,000 British passports went walkabouts - and it was all mostly down to crafty pickpockets and thieves.

Interpol famously claimed in 2010 that millions of stolen passports are being fraudulently used by terrorist, drug smugglers and human traffickers to travel the globe in the ‘biggest threat facing the world’.

And, of course, there’s the fact that they can be used to access bank accounts and other personal benefits.

So how can we keep our passports safe?

Well, the Foreign And Commonwealth Office (FCO) have teamed up with stealth crime expert James Freedman to raise awareness of the dangerous risk.

This video highlights some of the most common ways that pickpockets will try to gain access to your passport on holiday.

Check it out:

James Freedman says: "Pickpockets and thieves constantly evolve their techniques and tactics. These videos show just a handful of ways that a pickpocket might attempt to steal from you, so remember some basic advice to stay safe.

"If you don't need to take your passport with you, leave it in your hotel safe instead.

"Only carry what you need and keep valuables in a secure pocket.

"If you have a bag or case, never let it out of your sight. Be more alert in crowds and wary of anyone getting too close.

"Finally, try not to advertise the location of prized possessions by patting your pockets or bags. That's why you'll often find pickpockets near the 'Beware Pickpockets' sign."

Or, more simply, be aware of your surroundings and take care of your passport.

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