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November 22, 2006

Security for Travelers to Italy

1.Tourist scams abound in Italy as in much of Europe. 

2. Purse snatchings have been on the rise in many Italian urban areas such as Rome. Beware of individuals on scooters as they often will grab a victim's purse or bag from them increasing the odds of physical injury. It is always best when walking on the street to have your bag on your inside arm from the street. 

3. Cloning of debit or credit cards at cash machines are an increasing problem in Italy. Attempt to use machines in bank locations during working hours or in highly public areas. When entering your pin number use one hand to cover the key tab in case video is being conducted to render your pin number. Keep all receipts and check your account online to confirm you debits and charges are yours.

4. Criminals in Italy are often well dressed. Many of the gypsy scammers have changed their traditional dress to fool victims. 

5. Be leery of small bands of children who approach you. They may be trying to set you up.

6. If driving in Italy don't stop for stranded vehicles in need of assistance.

7. Official cabs in Rome are white with a predominant taxi sign on top of the vehicle. Consider using a transfer company. One such company is Italy Car Service   /. One trick to getting a taxi in Rome if you cannot find a taxi stand is to enter a bar or restaurant, have a drink and ask the proprietor to phone a taxi for you. You will be provided the taxi number which should be on the driver's side door of the vehicle. The meter begins to run when the taxi is dispatched. Taxis don't cruise the streets looking for fares. They usually are dispatched or located at a taxi stand. No smoking in taxis. Taxi Fares Rome - a good guideline. 

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