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Crime information

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, or via the Bureau of Consular Affairs home page at

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
23 Desrobirii 220-0188