UN Security Level 2 is currently in effect in Italy.
Security clearance or notification is required for all official travel. You should notify the Designated Official of your arrival to ensure that you are included in local security arrangements. This country uses TRIP at https://dss.un.org. Security Clearance should be submitted 7 days prior to travel. Technical assistance for TRIP is available at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1 917 367-9438
Safety and Security Situation
Italy has a low rate of crime. Although violent crime is not unheard of, it is relatively uncommon. Visitors are urged to exercise precautions practiced in any large city. Pay particular attention to your personal belongings, as they are popular targets of local thieves. The local pick-pockets are professional and most active during the summer months.
Personal Security Guidelines
There have not been any reported crimes involving UN personnel. However petty theft (purse-snatching, cellular telephone grabbing, pick-pocketing) and the occasional vehicle and house break-ins can occur. You can reduce the chances of becoming a victim by taking basic precautions that you would do in any congested urban environment.
- DO keep yourself informed about the general security situation and monitor local news events.
- DO raise your personal security awareness.
- DO ensure that you carry identification and emergency contact numbers with you.
- DO NOT flaunt your wealth - dress and behave modestly to avoid unnecessary attention by criminals.
At your accommodation or hotel
- Keep your door locked at all times, even when you are in your room.
- Close and lock all windows and balcony doors when you leave your room. Keep large windows and balcony doors closed when you sleep.
- Do not open your door to a stranger unless you have determined his/her identity. If you are unable to determine your visitor’s identity, do not open the door.
- Lock your valuables in a safe or locker. If neither option is available, keep valuables well hidden when not in use.
- Keep window curtains closed when you are not at home and at night when internal lights are on, in order to prevent potential-criminals from seeing your possessions and the layout of your house.
- Do not throw documents containing confidential personal information (e.g. credit card numbers. personal correspondence, financial data) in public trash canisters.
- Do not enter your room if you find the door unlocked. Inform reception immediately.
- Do not leave the ‘Please service the room’ sign on the door when you are out.
- While you are out in the evening leave the ‘Do not disturb’ sign on the door.
Out and about
- Plan your journey beforehand.
- Carry only those things that you will need including minimum amounts of cash and credit cards.
- Remain alert to your surroundings.
- Never leave your handbag or personal belongings unattended.
- Walk in well-lit and well-trafficked areas.
- Write down the name and address of your accommodation, and carry the paper with you if you need to get a taxi back to your accommodation.
- Taxis should be arranged through proper dispatchers or hotels. Pay the driver before exiting the vehicle.
- It is advisable not to enter a taxi in which the driver is accompanied.
Carriage of handbags and laptop bags
- If you are going to a café, bar or restaurant - consider leaving the bag at home or carrying a bag smaller in size that can be managed easily.
- Do not leave your bag unattended at anytime – hand the bag physically to a friend when going to the bathroom. Consider placing a chair leg through the strap of the bag and the bag placed firmly under the table touching your feet.
- Leave valuables at home – never take items with you that you are not prepared to lose.
- When walking along the side of the road always sling your bag across your body carrying your bag away from the threat or positioned to the front of your body.
- Tightly grip the top of the bag while walking.