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    You do need to be careful. A pickpocket tried to get my husbands wallet but he caught her doing it by being vigilant. It happened at a train station. over 5 years ago

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    They are everywhere in ca same amounts. Prepare like you are going to New York. over 5 years ago

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    Paris is a very safe city in general but since summer 2011 there has been a wave of thefts and pickpocketing. It's not politically correct to say so but everyone knows that this is the result of a large number of Roma/gypsy families who arrived in France from Romania then and put their children to work stealing, most from tourists who aren't aware of their reputation. There are so many of them that the Romanian government sent a bunch of policemen from Bucharest to help the French police.

    In France, children cannot normally be put in jail or even kept out of mischief for any length of time, and most of these pickpockets, if stopped by the police, are back out on the streets within hours. The parents or minders stay well out of sight and are not caught. The children usually have quotas, a certain amount of cash or phones they have to steal per day. So be very very careful if you see them. They almost always work in groups of two to eight. The girls are easier to spot-- often young teenagers in colorful long skirts and headscarves. But there are plenty of boys too. They will come up to you miming that they want to eat or that they are deaf-mutes (they're not) or tell you they have found a ring of yours or ask you to sign a petition. They will even just grab a phone out of your hand or off your table while you're sitting there, or pull a suitcase or purse from between your legs. A classic is to grab your bag and jump off the bus or train just as the doors close. (If that happens, yell and point!) Sometimes they put something in your hand and ask you to pay for it. Sometimes they just make their way down a crowded subway platform or tunnel or museum hall-- here you can spot pickpockets because their hands are down low or under coats or newspapers. Children under 18 get into most museums for free so you're not safe in the Louvre either; don't let down your guard in a museum or big store. There are many different ways they distract you so that the important business of robbing you can take place while you're paying attention to something else.

    Aside from these pickpockets, whom you will quickly learn to recognize, Paris is a very safe city. about 5 years ago

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    Try to avoid travel on the underground in rush hours. That is where I got robbed without noticing it until I was going to pay my wine at the cafe! No wallet! about 5 years ago

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    Yes it is true, just be VERY careful with putting things in your pocket, keeping your purse open while texting, etc! about 5 years ago

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    I almost got pickpocket on the metro. I could my wallet being lifted and when I look down it was a 12 year old gypsy girl. When I caught her she drop my wallet and whisper in my ear and tells me to zip up my jacket. Point well taken. Don't where your earphones because it cuts off your senses. You need to be aware always. about 5 years ago

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