Where do we feel safe?

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York - reassuringly safe people say

York – reassuringly safe people say

It is a complicated concept because safety means different things to different people. One person seems some youths being unruly and considers it unsafe. Another sees those same youths as enjoying themselves in a high spirited way and considers it safe

So how are we to interpret the latest research from Post Office Travel Insurance which claims to show which, from its list of 42, are the safest places in the UK and overseas?

According to it, York, Bath, Edinburgh and Brighton are the safest places. They are also the only four British destinations in the top 10 list which might suggest that we consider places at home, safer than those abroad. No UK destinations appear in the list of the ten most risky places to visit.

Overseas and it is a different matter. Moscow and Miami were both rated as risky yet none of those who had actually visited the two cities experienced problems normally covered by travel insurance. This suggests that something people have acquired through, films, the media or stories that they have picked up is colouring our perception of what it’s really like.

By contrast, while Athens and Hong Kong emerged as the cities where visitors had most often encountered difficulties – with 10 per cent of people reporting problems – fewer respondents rated them ‘risky’. Only 11 per cent believed Athens to be high risk and 15 per cent rated Hong Kong as risky.

The research revealed that one-in-15 were victims of crime during their last city visit. Yet, while 55 per cent of respondents said the possibility of crime against them was an important factor when deciding whether to visit a city, nearly half (46 per cent) of those who had been on a city break failed to take out travel insurance.

The research also suggests that over a quarter of respondents felt they had been ‘ripped off’ on city visits – rising to 43 per cent of younger people, aged 18-24. The biggest culprits across all destinations were thought to be taxi drivers. People complained of being overcharged and some said they were taken on a longer route than necessary, which increased the cost of taxi journeys. Other complaints included being overcharged in shops, restaurants and bars and being made to pay a service charge they did not think was justified.

What surprises me is how the figure is about these types of complaints. Who hasn’t felt they were being ripped off with cover charges and longer taxi trips?

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