I have recently been 'mugged' in the streets of Northern Italy. I only recently moved here due to a new workplace.
She (concluding from her voice and demaenour) simply walked up to me with a knife and nicely asked whether I have any money with me. Of course I was scared and was willing to hand it over, but she would only actually take half of what I had in my portemonnaie (around 100€) at the time. She even went ahead and apologised for the inconvenience she caused, saying that maybe she'll pay me back some day.
So, is this 'common' or did I experience a rather rare case?
It might be important to add that I have absolutely no experience with any criminal activities aside from television, so my vision might be distorted in this matter.
A bonus question would be is it actually dangerous to be on the streets of (Northern) Italy after dark?