I was jumped / mugged and robbed earlier today (in broad daylight while walking with my 4 year old). Anyhow, wasn’t able to beat the assailant with my umbrella and the iron man mask, hard enough (and believe me, I tried) so he got away my purse with EVERYTHING in it.
And for all to be warned. He, alone, jumped out of his car, got to me on the sidewalk jumping me from behind, and then took off in his car again. We did get some of the plate number, but the Italian police don’t seem to actively search for it even though we know spot on where it is!!! OUTRAGE!
What has really perplexed the police is that he did it with a child present (which classifies him as the lowest of scum). The horrid truth is that there is no way possible to prevent such an occurrence. It all happened so fast, and he did, so far get away with it.
My advice is to always carry the bare minimum in a bag (document-wise, objects etc), keep house keys in the pocket (easier done in jacket weather) and keep phones in pocket too, for as much as is possible. And lastly, only chose routes that have shops or heavy foot / car traffic.
The road I was on was next to a park with residential buildings on the other side (where I was walking). As it was rainy the park was void of people and the road was quiet. And no one was walking around.
Soon I will post steps to take when items are stolen: Aside from blocking cards which is what the police advised even with the 113 call, it is hard to have a straight head and know in which order what should be done.
by Anonymous living in Italy