Fears over identity theft have doubled during this year making it the top safety concern for the UK, new research out today has revealed.
The figures from American Express Insurance Services highlight identity theft as the key safety issue of the year overtaking more traditional crime fears like yob culture, car theft and vandalism.
The poll, conducted by YouGov, asked 2,000 people what their top safety concerns were in the run up to Christmas. Findings were compared to research from the start of 2007 to highlight the change.
Fears over identity theft and fraud have soared from 22% to 41% during the year. For tech-savvy young Britons (25-to-34-year-olds), ID theft was the top safety fear (38%). It has also become a greater concern for women than men (43% versus 40%).
ID theft was one of a number of safety issues that have become a much greater public concern during 2007.