Never leave your possessions unattended, even for a moment. Opportunist thieves thrive on such situations and it only takes a second to steal your property. Typical examples of this include leaving your property on the beach when you go into the water for a quick dip or leaving something on a table in a club or restaurant when you go to the bar. Ladies handbags have been particular targets for ‘snatch’ type thefts.
Never pack money or valuables (cameras, watches, jewellery etc) in your checked-in suitcase when travelling. It is much safer to carry these items on your person or in hand luggage. Airlines do not accept any responsibility (and have no legal liability) for these items in your checked-in luggage. ReMember that your luggage is in their control and out of your sight for the entire duration of your flight.
If your accommodation has a safe, safety deposit box or similar, always use it to protect your cash and valuables. A burglar is usually looking for money and small, valuable items. The average burglar will be unable or unwilling to take the time and effort needed to break into the safe.
If you are unfortunate enough to suffer a loss or theft alwaysreport it to the local police or other appropriate authority. Make sure you get a written report to confirm that you have done this; you will need to produce this to support your claim. If the police will not issue a report obtain the full postal address and telephone/fax number of the police station, the name of the officer and the crime reference number allocated to the incident.
In the event of the loss or theft of your passport, you must contact the local police and the appropriate embassy/consulate. They will be able to assist you in obtaining the necessary documentation to enable you to return home.