The City of Lights is one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world. Here are some of the safety concerns you should have if you plan on visiting.
Beware of Pickpockets
In Paris, pickpockets blend in with the crowd and may appear well-groomed and nicely dressed. They might roam around as a group of friends and can strike anywhere from the train, to the bus, or on the street. Be especially wary near when visiting the tourist hotbeds of Paris, including Notre Dame, Champs Élysées, Trocadéro, Champ de Mars, the Louvre, and Palais Royal.
Paris Scams Target Tourists
Tourist areas are known for their scams, especially surrounding Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower. A common scam occurs when a young person approaches you to sign a petition, claiming to be deaf. Typically, they are not really deaf and will also ask for money or pickpocket you while you are signing the petition. The ring scam occurs when somebody pretends to find a ring in front of you and give it to you before demanding money for it.
Use ATMs with Care
Always be aware of your surroundings you when you withdraw money from the ATM. In some cases, groups of children haven been known to crowd around the machine in the hopes of distracting you and grabbing either your card or your money.
Don’t Look Like a Tourist
Tourists stand out to scammers and pickpockets. Avoid carrying guide books and maps in public or standing in the middle of moving crowds. Don’t carry a large camera or wear clothes that stand out, like hiking shoes and Hawaiian shirts.
The key to safety in Paris is to be aware of your surroundings as much as possible. While the majority of people who visit Paris never have a problem, instances of these crimes do occur.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about Paris.