Warnings and Dangers in Rome: Police Behavior
If you are planning a trip to Rome, it is best to go with a little understanding of how the local police interact with visitors versus the natives. Read on to find out what kind of behavior you might encounter from the men in blue in this Italian city.
Get Ticketed for Unknown Offenses
If you rent a car to drive yourself when visiting Rome, Italy, try to park it only in lots owned by your hotel or other major venue. Many visitors have arrived home only to find traffic tickets, parking tickets and even faulty equipment tickets in their mailbox from the Rome police. It’s nearly impossible to dispute the violation and you will probably end up owing about 50 euros for each citation. Were you guilty? There’s no way of knowing as the ticket will be in Italian.
Get Ignored When Filing a Report
Pickpockets run rampant through this beautiful city. If you are the victim of a common crime like a stolen wallet, phone, or camera, and try to file a police report, you may wait for hours before a police officer will even speak to you at the station. You get better service if you are able to get a resident of Rome to file the report with you, as the police give preferential treatment to those who live there.
Watch Your Pocket and Wallet
Your best bet is to never put your wallet in your back pocket or sling your purse on your shoulder. Carry your identification, credit cards, and cash in a zipped pocket as close to your body as possible and leave irreplaceable papers in the safe at the hotel.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings about police behavior in Rome.