British officials have called for action at the biggest hot-spot for passport theft on the Costa Blanca, namely Alicante-Elche airport. Consulate representatives have met with the National Police and car hire companies at El Altet to curb the problem which sees some 20 percent of all stolen British passports in the area being taken in and around the airport. Consular representatives have asked vehicle rental companies to remove stickers from the back of cars as this makes them an obvious target for thieves. The car hire companies have pledged to issue new advice to their customers, which include never leaving belongings visible from outside the vehicle; parking the car whenever possible in a car park with security cameras; keeping valuables close to you and be wary of on-lookers when loading and unloading; and ignore distraction attempts either on the road or in a car park, as this could be part of a ploy ahead of a robbery.

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