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Rome Police Overview

If the worst should happen, it is handy to have an instant directory of the nearest Police Stations. If you have been the victim of a crime, you can report the incident to any police station in Rome. It is vital that you report even the slightest event to enable you to claim for the item on your insurance. You will almost always find a police officer who can speak English and it does not take very long.

Some police stations, like the one near the Uffizi in Florence can be really unhelpful. Instead of taking the details of the crime, they will send you off to another station because they simply cannot be bothered. Annoying! If this happens, ask for the cop's name and number,the time you attended the station and the fact that you were asked to go elsewhere. Tell the other police station that you were told to go to them and do not forget to tell your insurance company too. 

Street crime can be a problem in the major cities. To protect your belongings, always be aware of your surroundings. When you are eating outside in a restaurant or cafe, simply loop your handbag or backpack handle through your leg so it sits on the top of your thigh. Not only does it keep your bag off the ground, it prevents the opportunity for a snatch and grab.

Keep your phone with you at all times. Thieves want your sim. This little card is worth a fortune to them because it allows them to engage in International Revenue Share Fraud. This means the thief is paid a fee by a premium rate provider for every minute for every call they make. Most of these calls are to Africa and Asia. Read more here 

Take note of any unusual behaviour that may be happening around you. Groups of children may try to press up against you or somebody may suddenly spill a drink on you or bump into you roughly. This is an opportunity for theft. Most trouble seems to happen around railway stations and major tourist sites but pickpockets are cunning and you can even be robbed while shopping in a department store. Do not allow street beggars to pluck at your heartstrings, keep moving and leave them in your wake. Rome is a relatively safe city and if you take a few simple precautions, you will be able to avoid trouble.

It is a good idea to report all crime, however trivial. If your hotel room is robbed, call the police before informing the staff at the hotel. It pays to be pro-active in this instance. Where possible, we have included the hours for the Police Stations. Unfortunately, the newly "updated" Carabinieri website is as hopeless as usual but you can find navigation tips for locating the police stations at the bottom of the page. 

Security in Rome is rock solid at the moment. Carbineiri, Police and undercover police are spread across the city. If you are around the Termini, you will notice a military presence as well. Authorities have even cordoned off areas around the Colosseum and there is extra security around The Vatican. It is sad that circumstances have come to this but you can be confident that everything possible is being done to ensure visitors have a safe and enjoyable stay in the eternal city. A positive by product of this kind of ultra security is that the pick pockets are keeping a very low profile!

Use the emergency numbers listed below if you find yourself in an extreme situation and are in need of help.

Emergency Numbers

Emergency:                                  112
General Emergency:                     113
Medical Emergencies:                  118
Fire Brigade:                                115
City Police Rome:                         06 67691
Central Police Station:                   06 4686
Directory Inquiries English:           170

Police-Main Branch

Questra di Roma
Via di San Vitale 15
Tel: 06 46861

Hours: 24/7

European Emergency Number

If you find yourself in an emergency situation, call 112. The call is free and available via cellular, fixed or public pay phones. Unfortunately the SMS service is only available in Varese for disabled callers.

112 is accessible via international and national roaming. You do not have to be covered by your own network in the area if you are calling to access the service. You can be tracked within a few seconds of your call.

All calls are answered promptly in English,French, Italian and German. Emergency services will be able to locate you in seconds even if you are unsure of your location.

In Italy the 112 emergency call services is handled by the Carabinieri.

For further information regarding the 112 emergency number, please contact:
Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico-Dipartimento Comunicazioni or Ministero
dell’Interno-Dipartimento della Pubblica Sicurezza 

Carabinieri Website Navigation Tips

While updating it has become apparent that the new updated version of this website is far from perfect. The main issue is the addresses. Take the Police Station / Carabinieri in the Campo de'Fiori for example. The address is officially “Piazza della Trinità dei Pellegrini” BUT when you type in the address they will only accept “Piazza Capo Di Ferro”.  Why.? No idea.

The way we solved the problem was to mix up the details. We put the word "Piazza" in front of Via Capo di Ferro. Why did we use Via Capo di Ferro? It is the street across from the station. See what we mean about being creative? So frustrating & confusing! 

Therefore, if you are in a city that we have not covered, you will need to mix it up a bit with addresses if you want to find out further details regarding hours of operation ,email addresses etc.

To make life easier follow the pictures below:


  Click "Dove Siamo"

 Basically the first question "Are you looking for a Police Station & the next option is how many in the area

 We choose 15,when finished click " Avanti"

The next question "What city" If its not in the drop down list you cannot proceed.The next asked for the  address,as you can see,the correct address did not show a drop down list

Incorrect address,But a drop down list is revealed! Next add the postcode,then click             " Avanti"

If everything goes to plan (LOL) this map should show up .Click the hat for details.

From our website.Shows details of how they mixed the street names up !

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Buona Vacanza