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Rome - Crime & Safety
Even if someone is seemingly just asking for directions, keep as much of an eye on your wallet as possible while speaking with them. If your wallet is in a bag or a purse, keep a close hand on it and do not turn your back on it or leave it unattended.
There are even child pickpockets in Rome, so do not think that you can let your guard down because it is a child that is approaching you. They will often distract you with a flyer or some type of paper, while another swoops in and grabs your wallet.
There have even been reports of baby tossing schemes where women will pretend to drop a baby, or literally toss it right into your arms. As you reflexively try to catch the baby, they will go straight for your wallet.
You will want to be especially cautious of pickpockets when using public transportation. Trains, the metro, and buses are often crowded with a mixture of natives and tourists. These close quarters create an ideal situation for someone to take your wallet without you even noticing. In such situations, it is common for people to collide or brush up against each other, leaving the door open for a pickpocket to subtly help themselves to your wallet.
Many of the pickpocketing schemes used target tourists. As an expat, be extremely cautious in high tourist areas and try to avoid looking like a tourist.
Try to be aware of the popular scams used to target tourists. You can learn more about these by making friends with other expats who have lived in Rome longer, and have gained more knowledge about the city. Unfortunately, some may even be able to speak from experience. Keeping up on the most current crime trends and schemes can prove to be your most valuable form of protection. In general, use the same street smarts that your use in your current country. Watch, look, listen, and keep your guard up.
If you fall victim to a crime, Italy has a system in place that is similar to the 911 service in the United States. Rome's general emergency number is 113. Dialing 112 will connect you directly with the police. These numbers can be reached, free, from any phone in Italy.
Below is a complete list of police and crime reporting numbers.
Rome City Police
Rome's Central Police Station
Child Abuse Helpline
Women's Abuse Prevention
800 001 122
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