ⓘ Crime in Italy


ⓘ Crime in Italy

Political corruption remains a major problem in Italy, particularly in Southern Italy including Calabria, parts of Campania and Sicily where corruption perception is at a high level. Political parties are ranked as the most corrupt institution in Italy, closely followed by public officials and Parliament, according to Transparency Internationals Global Corruption Barometer 2013.


1.1. By location Southern Italy

Traditionally, the areas most affected by high levels of violent crime have been the Southern regions heavily influenced by powerful criminal organizations: Sicily, Calabria, Campania and Puglia, where drug trade and gang feuds are common in marginalised areas of underdeveloped rural and urban settings alike.


1.2. By location Naples

Waste management problems affected Naples; Italian media have attributed the citys waste disposal issues to the activity of the Camorra organised crime network. In 2007, Silvio Berlusconis government held senior meetings in Naples to demonstrate their intention to solve these problems. In December 2009 "waste emergency" officially finished. In June 2012, allegations of blackmail, extortion and illicit contract tendering emerged in relation to the citys waste management issues.


1.3. By location Central and Northern Italy

Most regions in the center and north can be considered calmer and more organized, with lower levels of criminal activity. Regions such as Marche, Tuscany, Umbria in the centre and Piedmont, Trentino-Alto Adige/Sudtirol, Liguria and Friuli Venezia Giulia present relatively low criminal indicators compared to other western countries. But even in the north and center levels of crime are unequally spread. Cities such as Turin, Milan, Bologna, Genoa in the North frequently suffer a wide diversity of frequent offences ranging from extensive drug trade, homicides, etc.


1.4. By location Rome

The capital Rome presents medium to high levels of crime. But many areas of the Roman periphery are extensively dilapidated and crime-ridden to a much larger extent than northern and central European counterparts. Shantytowns on the outskirts of the city housing more than 4000 people are focuses of elevated criminal activity.

Petty crimes such as pick pocketing, car burglary, and purse snatching are serious problems, especially in large cities. Most reported thefts occur at crowded tourist sites, on public buses or trains, or at the major railway stations.