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According to statistics by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the amount of British holidaymakers arrested abroad between April 2011 and March 2012 has risen by 6%. In figures this constitutes a rise from 5,700 arrests to over 6,000.
Britons are most likely to be arrested in countries like the USA, and Spain (which has seen a 9% rise in British arrests), with party Islands like Ibiza following closely behind. These countries take a zero tolerance approach to drug and alcohol related crimes plus misbehaviour, and are frequently visited by younger travellers. This makes perfect sense as the statistics also revealed that half of the Brits arrested were under 34 years old.
This year has also seen a 2% increase in drug crime and in countries such as Jamaica and Brazil over 70% of arrests were drug related.
This should be a lesson to all holiday makers; you must respect the rules of the country you are visiting. Wherever you are travelling this year, you must research their laws and specific rules before you travel, this is even more important if you are travelling outside of Europe, as these countries may have very different rules, for example in Dubai and Saudi Arabia affection in public is frowned upon and can lead to incarceration.
If you don’t want to feel vulnerable while you travel this year, visit Holidaysafe.co.uk. Holidaysafe offer award winning travel insurance to suit any holiday and budget, plus if you have a holiday disaster or any concerns while you are abroad, their in house UK based Customer Service team will be happy to offer advice and support.Please note, Holidaysafe's online prices automatically include a 15% discount against our Customer Service Centre prices.
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