Italian Car Break Ins?

Oct 12th, 2007, 06:20 AM
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Italian Car Break Ins?

Will be in Italy in November, renting car and driving from Venice to Pisa and then up the coast via Genoa ending up at Malpensa Airport. Have not been in Italy for several years and wondered if recent visitors can advise on problems, if any, with break ins to rental cars. Thinking of risk when parked for some sight seeing while luggage is stowed in the trunk/boot. We never had any problems last time there but I have read that this is more common now. Any comments would be greatly appreciated. To help make things more secure I plan to specify a car with a proper trunk/boot (not a wagon).

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Oct 12th, 2007, 12:03 PM
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Our three trips to Italy were each two week road trips - '03, '05, '07. Two of the cars were hatch backs that had a cover that would pull over the luggage when the hatch was closed; the third had a standard trunk. We parked on narrow streets in small villages, public lots for major attractions, underground garages, city streets outside the hotel. On no occasion did we have a break in. A scratched mirror, maybe, but the luggage and contents were safe!
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Oct 12th, 2007, 12:27 PM
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One thief out of 100,000 causes everyone to think a whole country is made up of thief's. Leave the family jewels at home, enjoy the trip,relax, and if that one in a hundred thousand crosses your path, it will be a happening. The Italians are genuine, decent, honest people. Also, if you have colision on your car at home, it covers for the rental, including theft. No need to buy extra, as they like to push.
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Oct 12th, 2007, 12:29 PM
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collision insurance, I mean. And BTW, behind the leaning tower of Piza is a most beautiful park that most tourist ignore.
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Oct 12th, 2007, 12:45 PM
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We're had a car around 6-7 times in Italy, from Venice to Sicily, and have never encountered any breakins. We do clear out the car and put everything in the trunk...why invite trouble?
In our experience, insurance in mandatory in Italy. And, I wouldn't consider renting a car in Italy without it. We've had many dents and scratches on our car by others when we had the car rented. Additionally, the streets can get very narrow when in small villages. The small cost of the insurance makes for great peace of mind.
Have fun and don't worry! The scenery in theses areas is great!
Cheers!
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Oct 12th, 2007, 01:09 PM
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Collision insurance doesn't cover theft, it covers damage to your car from -- collision or accident. Comprehensive insurance covers theft or damage to your car from other things, like weather.
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