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How to file a theft/loss report with an Italian authority

In case you suffer a theft (in a Hotel, station, restaurant, etc.), or if you lose a precious item (credit/debit card, wallet, expensive watch, etc.), or similar, while in Italy, you will need to file a theft/loss report (denuncia di furto/smarrimento) with an Italian authority (e.g. Polizia di Stato or Carabinieri). Technically, you can file a theft/loss report in English. However, we suggest filing a police report in Italian, because Italian officers are often not very familiar with foreign languages. Moreover, depending on the Police station, the translation phase may take up to 6/7 months. 

Click here to receive your complete police report in Italian that is ready to be presented to the Italian Authority


HOW TO FILE A THEFT/LOSS REPORT WITH AN ITALIAN AUTHORITY

1) What should I do in case I am a victim of a theft, or if I lose my credit card, wallet, etc. while I am in Italy?

In case you suffer a theft (in a Hotel, station, restaurant, etc.), or if you lose a precious item (credit/debit card, wallet, expensive watch, etc.), or similar, while in Italy, you will need to file a theft/loss report (denuncia di furto/smarrimento) with an Italian authority.

2) What is a theft/loss report?

With a theft/loss report the claimant can report a theft or loss of a personal document (passport, driver’s license, etc.) or of a cell phone, tablet, debit/credit card, purse, cash, etc., to an Italian authority (Polizia di Stato, Carabinieri, etc.).

3) Why should I press charges in Italy if I am a foreigner?

If the fact occurred in Italy, it is important to file a theft/loss report not only to officially report the facts as they occurred, but also because a formal police report is required in case you want to request compensation from a Hotel, insurance company, etc.. Moreover, in case the Authorities find the lost/stolen item, they will get in touch with you.

4) Where should I file a police report?

It is possible to file a report at police stations (Questure or Commissariati di Polizia di Stato), or Carabinieri stations or with other Law enforcement bodies. This means that you need to go to a police station to file your report.

 
 If you send an email to assistance@vademecumitalia.com we can provide you with the address of the police station nearest you.
 

5) Who can file a theft/loss report?

Whoever was a victim of a theft or lost an item can file a report with an Italian authority. The report must be filed personally by the complainant. However, minors must be represented by whomever has parental/curatorial/legal powers.

 6) Can I file a theft/loss report in English?

Technically, yes. However, we suggest filing a police report in Italian because Italian officers are often not very familiar with foreign languages (including English), which means that you could have trouble filing your police report correctly. Moreover, if a theft/loss report (denuncia di furto/smarrimento) is filed in English, the Authority that receives it will need to transmit it to the competent translation office with a consistent waste of time.

Click here to receive your complete police report in Italian that is ready to be presented to the Italian Authority

7) Do I have to know the perpetrator in order to file a report?

If you know the perpetrator, you may indicate his/her name in the report, otherwise it must be referred to an unknown suspect (“denuncia contro ignoti”).

8) What do I have to write in a theft/loss report?

The complainant has to prepare a document addressed to the Italian Authority (Police, Carabinieri, etc.), indicating his/her personal and contact details, followed by a detailed description of the facts as they occurred. We suggest enclosing a copy of a personal document or photographs, when possible, indicating (in the part where you describe the facts) the names and contact details of the witnesses, if any, and providing every possible detail (e.g. in case you suffered the theft of your mobile phone you should provide the type, model, and IMEI number).

Click here to receive your complete police report in Italian that is ready to be presented to the Italian Authority

9) Can I have a receipt of the theft/loss report that I filed?

Yes, after you sign the denuncia you can ask the officer who receives it to give you a receipt.

 

David

David

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20 Comments
  1. I cannot thank the team here enough for assisting me when I had to report my phone as missing to my local police. They made the whole process less daunting and not as time consuming as I would have imagined. They kept in contact with me throughout out the whole time & followed up afterwards to make sure everything had gone ok.

    Fantastic service.

    • David

      Dear ALicia,
      Thank you for your fantastic comment.

      I was happy to hear that everything went fine at the Milan Viale Certosa Police station, where all the policemen have been collaborative and efficient.

      Please let us know if there is anything else that we can do for you.

      Thank you,
      David.

  2. Hi, I have had my wallet stolen whilst on the tram and flew back to the Uk the following day and didn’t get a chance to report it to the the police in Rome.

    How can I report this theft now that I’m back in the UK?

    • David

      Dear Naheem,
      Thank you for contacting VI.

      We can assist you with your case. We will send you an email with the information you need shortly.

      Thank you,
      David.

  3. Hi,

    I have had my golden necklace and wrist-laces stolen last night.
    I do not know how they managed to take it but I would like to report the incident in case someone may come across my my stolen items.

    I have not had a chance to report this to the police as I have to fly back to the UK as my holiday have ended and my flight is going back.

    Please could I get some help with reporting my problem.

    Thanks,
    Zsolt

    • David

      Dear Zsolt,
      Thank you for contacting VI.

      We can assist you with the filing of a police report. We will send you an email with the information you need shortly.

      Regards,
      David.

  4. Hi I have had my purse stolen while in Rome on the metro. I am already traveling home to the uk. Can you send me the details required to report this?

    • David

      Dear Danielle,
      Thank you for contacting VI.

      We can assist you with the filing of a police report. We will send you an email with the information you need shortly.

      Regards,
      David.

  5. Hello. I had my back pack stolen from the train station in Rome and did not have time to go file a police report. I am now back in the U.S. Is there anything I can do?

    • David

      Hi Mark,
      Yes, we can assist you with the filing of a police report. We will send you an email with the information you need shortly.

      Thank you,
      David.

  6. Hi, I lost my wallet with 2000 euros in Milan which was stolen at central station 3 days back.
    I blocked my debit card same time and someone try to use it the next day from vending machine but it came declined .my bank gave me location and I filed a report the same time to police station in English asking them to check on ccctv camera and get my money back aa i have lost all my money for trip.
    I have got no response till now and I am going back from milan to my country.
    What should be the next step as I called them but they said they will call me themselves. I am not going to come to Milan again and I am too confused.

    • David

      Dear Rahul,
      Thank you for contacting VI.

      This seems to be a classic case in which it is advisable to file a police report in Italian, and be assisted by an Italian lawyer throughout the entire process who will also be able to get in touch with the Italian police on your behalf.

      Technically, they should translate the police report from English to Italian and carry out the investigations. In a case like yours, to be honest, it seems difficult that they will dedicate a lot of time to find the thief. Nonetheless, it is a matter of keeping in touch with the Italian police so they do not forget about your case.

      We will contact you via email to evaluate together your situation and see what we could do for you.

      Thank you,
      David.

  7. Hi I am missing a bag and haven’t had a chance to report it to the nearest police station as I am already at the airport. Can I report it online?

    Thanks

    Lyn

    • David

      Hi Jonalyn,
      Thank you for contacting Vademecum Italia.

      We can assist you with the submitting of a police report. We will send you an email with the information you need shortly.

      Thank you,
      David.

  8. I lost my mobile phone just before leaving Rome. What is the best way to submit a police report if i am not in Italy?

    • David

      Dear Stephen,
      Thank you for contacting Vademecum Italia.

      We can assist you with the submitting of a police report. We will send you an email with the information you need shortly.

      Thank you,
      David.

  9. I was stolen my bag at the restaurant during my lunch today (May 5) and immediately reported to police. Since I had to leave to airport to catch my flight to home (Seoul, South Korea) today. 2 questions as follows
    1. If my bag is stolen in the restaurant during lunch, who is responsible and liable for the damage under the Italian law?
    2. How can I be updated on the progress? Does police mail me? I have left only home address in my report to police and wonder how police will come back to me.
    Many thanks for your attention and look forward to hearing back soon!

    • David

      Dear Kim,
      Thank you for contacting VI.

      1) If your bag was stolen inside the restaurant, the restaurant owner could be held responsible, but to give you our professional answer we need to assess your specific case. Therefore, I kindly ask you to fill out the following form Free assessment of your theft of items in an Italian hotel case.
      2) Usually, you need to get in touch with the police. We can assist you with your police report. We will send you an email shortly.
      3) Do you have a copy of your theft report?
      Regards,
      David.

  10. Hi David
    We had our wallet stolen in Rome and on our way back, can you please help with letting us know what needs to be done
    Thank you
    Tanya

    • David

      Dear Tanya,
      Thank you for contacting Vademecum Italia.

      We can assist you with the submitting of a police report. We will send you an email with the information you need shortly.

      Thank you,
      David.

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