If you are planning to have a trip to Paris? Please take these Precautions seriously!
Aside from being a romantic place, their delicious foods, their fashion styles that to die for, Instagrammable sight, we may have heard and seen. Paris Pickpocket, scammers, robberies still remains a problem in the city of light. Yes! Paris is safe and still one of the most beautiful places I have ever been in my life. This cute charming city stole my heart and breath away but our vacation almost turns into a nightmare. My boyfriend and I are one of the victims of scamming around. Sad to say it happened right Infront of the Eiffel Tower.
Who would expect that the city who was loved by so many like Paris, has numerous of illegal events happening around?All of us never wish to be a victim of scams, pickpockets, and robbery in any aspects of our life. Especially those days that we are in our dream vacation like Paris, and all of the sudden our happiness and excitement in our trip will turn into hell. Unfortunately, Every one of us can be a target in the eyes of hungry thieves. These group of gangsters never choose anyone else to be their victim, even if you’re an ordinary traveler or a famous celebrity like Kim Kardashian.
Paris popularity has led to it becoming a popular place for a violent act right now, and Even Police officers can uncontrollably control these situations in the city of light, which means that travelers must be prepared for situations like these and should always take extra precautions and be vigilant always.
How to avoid these violent scenes
Areas to take extra Precautions
1. Metro subways:
The most common areas of Pickpocketers in the city. Thieves really love the crowded Paris Metro, where pushing, shoving and chaos of every corner of the metro station Thieves are always just around the corner.
Paris pickpocket and scammers never choose a place to victim tourists, even in the famous Eiffel Tower. When you think your things are safe because there so many guards and police around you are wrong. Eiffel tower is a heaven place of pickpocketers and scammers.
Beware of Paris Pickpocket in Notredam, even in the church Pickpocketers are not scared to anyone else. When queuing in the entrance door of the church they are all over the area pretending one of innocent and devotee tourist.
We always dreamt of seeing the real Monalisa, if you’re heading to The Louvre, where the majority of tourist hanging around, bag snatchers, Paris pickpocket, scammers are in the area also chilling and looking for prey. Never ever leave your things unattended.
If you think you’re safe because you are a bit distant to the major sight. Think twice! They have different hide spot and they scattered everywhere like they have their own franchising company to do their unwanted businesses.
6.Jardin du Luxembourg:
The famous garden has no exception of these any act of violent crime. Locals or Tourist still experience it.
Thieves love concert areas where local and tourists having fun. Be aware of pickpocketers around.
8.Crowded areas and streets:
Always take extra precautions and be vigilant around especially in crowded areas and streets.
Avoid these kinds of people
1.Playing magic trick or gambling:
The most common trick that gypsy will scam tourists. Betting if one of the three cups contain a ball, gypsy call it (WHERE IS THE BALL GAME) which is quite common at the At Park, near Eiffel Tower or Champs de mark.I was once a victim in this kind of game in front of Eiffel tower.
The set-up is that the gypsy would pretend to bet a lot of money to entice you to join. It becomes more enticing when you see them winning double the amount! The other player who always win obviously one of their colleagues pretending. When you get in on the game, they will try to distract you so that the ball can be removed when you are not aware. You might win but is meant to tempt you into betting bigger amounts again. PLEASE DONT EVER try this game, we learned our lesson already we lose 500euros for that.
be careful with these people they are scammers
Also common in Paris, gypsies pretend and let you sign a petition, sometimes they will ask if you speak English and let you understand what is written and after that when you sign it you will not notice your wallet or phone is gone.
Another scam would be young girls and old lady approaching you to sign a petition to help save the world, help the deaf or the mute. They will sometimes pretend to be deaf-mute themselves. A clipboard is shoved in your face, and you will see several signatures and even some French words. It means that if you sign it, you have to give 500-1,000 euros or else something bad will happen. If you don’t pay, They will call more gypsy and will appear out of nowhere and pressure you to pay. NEVER ever sign a petition or be tempted to these kinds of people
Be aware and be vigilant of street vendors around, they will shove you to buy their product, whether key chains, Eiffel Tower miniature, etc.. If you buy something, they will push you to buy more.They won’t stop bothering you until you will convince to do it.
4.Scammers who pretend who got lost:
Other tactics of scammers right now pretending they got lost and they will carry a map in their hand. We, tourists, love to help others when it comes to this situations also cuz we can relate. Scammers will usually lay out the map over your valuables things in restaurant, cafes, etc…While you are checking out the map or pointing the right directions to them, they are doing their moves that time, your wallet would have been gone by then.
5.Avoid eye contacts to Romanian looking people:
I don’t want to be rude and I am not a racist but most scammers and pickpocketers in Paris are the illegal immigrants and Romanian looking people. It hurt to say but it’s true. I encountered one of them and even the police officer that we asked told us that mostly scammers around are the illegal immigrants, especially Romanian looking people.
Do’s and Don’t to avoid unwanted incident
1.Dress like local:
Most effective way to avoid these kinds of incident.Results in a much better travel experience, whereby you become a part of the city or country you are visiting. Dressing like a local result in a safer experience makes as away from the target on your back and victim for Paris pickpockets.When criminals notice that you look like one of the locals they mostly avoided you and they will think that you already know their tactics. Mostly they victimized tourists and innocent looking people.
2. Do not put your phone in your pocket:
The easiest way to steal your things, especially when we love to take the metros or crowded area where people just shoving each other, Paris pickpocket job is 24/7 and they are so alert when it comes to this things. Don’t feed your valuable things to them and always put in Infront of you or inside your purse.
3.Do not display your pieces of jewelry:
There are people who really love to wear expensive jewelry around. But if you plan to go to crowded places it is better for you to remove it or else leave it in your hotel. Criminals have a nice eyesight and they can spot and identify jewelry if it’s fake or not. even Kim Kardashian who has a lot of guards she still a victim of a robbery in her own condo in Paris.
4. Do not leave your bag in the ground:
Sometimes when we got excited to take photos, we don’t want anything to disturb us even our personal bag we sometimes put in the ground to take a nice photo. THINK TWICE. it’s a no-no. Thieves will just run like a jaguar and snatch it in second when they see it.
5. Do not walk alone at night:
If you have a plan to explore the city at night which is more magical, try to avoid a place that it’s empty and not familiar to you. Criminals and gypsy are everywhere hiding and waiting to rob someone. So better avoid that area.
Other things to take note:
This incident can happen anywhere in the world be vigilant and Be careful everywhere you go. Always take extra precautions and trust your own instincts. Your safety is always in your hand not to anyone else. Always be responsible for your belongings to when you plan to visit Paris to avoid these Paris pickpocket, scams, and robbery. LASTLY, enjoy your TRIP. Do not forget to visit Versailles also most beautiful place near the city