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Pickpockets and Purse-Snatchers in Rome and Other Warnings and Dangers

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Warnings and Dangers in Rome Pickpockets and Purse-Snatchers

Rome is among the most ancient cities in the world and today remains the capital of Italy. Despite its popular draw among tourists and the many visitors it attracts, it’s important to be aware of the pickpockets and purse-snatchers that would take advantage of unaware tourists.

Bus Theft

Theft has been reported on a number of buses in Rome, which may not be surprising given the crowded conditions that prevail. The Rome Metro train is a popular bus route that often sees many pickpockets trying to steal from the distracted. Even children take advantage of bus goers and attempt to steal. Bus 64 that connects the Vatican to the Termini station also has a reputation for pickpockets.

Often times, these bus thieves work in pairs, with one thief distracting you while another robs you of your belongings. They may even operate in larger groups, and attempt to mask their behavior in a number of ways. Some will simply invade your personal space and make you uncomfortable while another robs you. In other cases, they will stage elaborate ruses in which they pretend to be pregnant or carrying babies. Once you’ve become distracted, their partner will quickly lift your possessions.

Theft does not only happen on the buses themselves, but also at the terminals. The Termini station has seen theft in the past, with purse-snatchers attempting to steals purses directly from the hands of their owners.

Pickpockets

Rome, like many wonderful European cities, has much to see and do. The ancient culture and unique architecture is such an exciting way to spend a holiday. However, the city of Rome, like all capital cities in the world, is not without its dangers and can easily take tourists unaware. Pickpockets make their home not only on buses, but on subway trains and at subway terminals.  Visitors are advised to be precautious. Stay aware of your surroundings, don’t travel alone, and watch your surroundings.

Pickpockets are not limited to the bus and subway routes. Many places or events attract travelling pickpockets, though in Rome, many of these thefts are done almost exclusively by locals. These thieves compete with one another. Since even most tourists are aware of the dangers of pickpockets, would-be thieves get creative as they attempt to find ways to rob visitors. On the street, they may pretend to be selling you something while another searches your pockets. Even groups of children may be potential thieves. As they flock you, they’ll try to take your bags and other belongings, so be cautious as you travel.

Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about pickpockets and purse-snatchers in Rome.    

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