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Q: Is Rome The Pickpocket Capital Of Europe? PDF Print E-mail

We’re taking our first trip to Rome next month, and hear a lot of talk about theft problems, even thieves posing as police. My husband is worried about being scammed or robbed. What do you suggest? MLDiR, Bangor ME

A: Because there are so many tourists in the Italian capital city, it naturally attracts thieves. Pickpockets, packs of kids, fake officials and others blend in with the crowds at famous sites, especially St. Peter’s Square, so it’s easy to get close to victims.

However, that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying your visit. Keep everything in buttoned or zipped pockets, including smartphone in a case with a strap. When shooting photos, be sure the strap is wrapped around your arm. Historic Rome is a great destination, so enjoy it while always being aware of potential troubles.

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