Living in Romania
While most crimes in Romania are non-violent and non-confrontational, there has been an increase in the number of crimes in which the victim suffers personal harm. Crimes against tourists (robbery, mugging, pick-pocketing and confidence scams) are a growing problem in Romania. Organized groups of thieves and pickpockets operate in the train stations and on trains, subways, and buses in major cities. A number of thefts and assaults have occurred on overnight trains, including thefts from passengers in closed compartments. Travelers who use inner-city taxis should call for a taxi, make certain the taxi has an operational meter, or agree upon a price before entering a taxi to avoid being overcharged. Money exchange schemes targeting travelers have become increasingly common in Romania. Some of these scams have become rather sophisticated, involving individuals posing as plainclothes policemen, who approach the potential victim, flash a badge and ask for his/her passport and wallet. In many of these cases, the thieves succeed in obtaining passports, credit cards, and other personal documents.
The loss or theft abroad of an U.S. passport should be reported immediately to the local police and the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. U.S. citizens may refer to the Department of State's pamphlet "A Safe Trip Abroad" for ways to promote a more trouble-free journey. The pamphlet is available by mail from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402, via the Internet at http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs, or via the Bureau of Consular Affairs home page at http://travel.state.gov.
Bucharest Police Headquarters (by District) and contact info:
|1st District||22 Bd. Lascar Catargiu||659-2046|
|2nd District||36 Paul Greceanu||210-4335|
|3rd District||19 Stelea Spatarul||313-6945|
|4th District||10 Oitelor||336-2303|
|5th District||10 Taran Grigore||638-3555|
|6th District||52 Falciu||637-3650|
|44 Drumul Taberei||413-1020|