Security advice in Paris

 
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1- Safety:
In general, safety went down in Paris in the last decade, depsite the efforts of the Police. The situation is still under control, and if precautions are …More
1- Safety:
In general, safety went down in Paris in the last decade, depsite the efforts of the Police. The situation is still under control, and if precautions are taken, there should'nt be any problem:

a- avoid using smartphones in public transports: this is the biggest reason of theft and assault problems
b- be carreful for pickpockets as in every touristic city. Montmartre is a pickpocket heaven, as well as all touristic places.
c- after midnight, better take a taxi than metro/bus
d- avoid showing off expensive objects (watches, cams,...)
e- avoid wondering with lot's of cash, and be carreful when paying something not to show that you have a lot of cash. Pick Pockets usually tend to watch near a cashier the tourists wallets when they pay. Ideally, put some small cash in a pocket which you will use to pay. Hide with you hand when you type your credit card digital code.

2- Neighborhoods:
Most of Paris neighborhoods are similar in terms of safety in the sense that besides some obviously unpleasant places where we don't really have reasons to go (poor suburbs and a few places in Paris such as Barbes,...) there are good spots in every district, and bad ones too.

Paradoxically, it is the 16th district (bourgeois high-end) which has the highest number of thefts/assaults. The thiefs know where the money is, and you have a lot of streets too calm with few shops/pedestrians => the ideal mixture for a thief.

Also, you have more problems nearby big RER/metro stations and Mc Donalds, as these places are attractions for the suburb gangs who come to Paris to "make some money".

Emergency Numbers (can be called from any phone for free):
Samu (medical): 15
Police: 17,
Fire fighters: 18 (including for medical emergency)
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