Re: crime in big cities and Europe

From: Charlie Stross (
Date: Tue Jun 20 2000 - 07:16:53 MDT

On Tue, Jun 20, 2000 at 07:42:24AM -0400, Michael S. Lorrey wrote:
> Actually, it was me who said the first bit (pre [...]), not John.
> Locations? Britain (London, Liverpool), Amsterdam, Rome, Venice, Naples,
> Paris. The apathy toward rape incident occured in London. In Rome my
> father's rental car was broken into and his camera bag was stolen, mom
> was pickpocketed in Venice....

Rome, believe it or not, is reputedly the car theft capital of
Europe, outstripping the nearest contending city by a factor of
three. Pickpocketing is an occupational hazard in _every_ city -- in
Europe or elsewhere -- that is a major tourist destination.

I can't comment on the rape incident. However I'd like to note that the
only place I've ever been mugged was San Francisco -- does this mean that
I should assume all American cities are violent and dangerous places where
the natives don't give a shit about street crime?

-- Charlie

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