UN Security Management Italy

Personal Security Guidelines

Whilst UN staff continue to be victims of minor crime such as street robbery and apartment break-ins, the infrequency of attacks and random nature of locations do not indicate that UN staff are at an elevated risk in comparison to residents or tourists in Italy. Furthermore, the level of crime in Italy has remained relatively static over the medium-term. 

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.