British gig-goers told to be vigilant in Italy

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Concert-goers are warned to be vigilant of thieves. Photo: tm/Wikicommons
18:23 CEST+02:00
The British Embassy has warned music fans heading to festivals and concerts across Italy this summer to keep their possessions safe from thieves.

“Within a minute, we turned round, the bag was gone”, said a concert-goer in a video clip released by the British Embassy. 


“I’d been warned but you never think it’s going to happen to you”, added another.

The video’s message - “Make sure you spend your time at the festival, not with us” – aims to encourage music fans and tourists to keep their belongings safe.

"Two simple steps can help you avoid becoming a victim of crime at festivals and busy tourist locations," said David Broomfield, the British Consul in Rome.

"First, treat your passport as a valuable document: if it gets lost or stolen you’ll spend your holiday applying for a travel document to get you home. Leave it at your hotel, and carry a photocopy with you. Second, keep your valuables with you at all times, and keep an eye on them. A bag over the back of a chair or on the floor in a restaurant or bar is such an easy target."

The Consul said that getting a replacement passport is both time-consuming and expensive. Requests for replacements are always busier during the festival season and tourist season. The more cases that could be prevented, the better, the Consul said.

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