Keeping safe on the streets

On the streets, do not attract the attention of thieves. Always be conscious of security.


Thieves identify inattentive tourists, who then become prime targets. Follow the Prefecture de Police's advice:

  • Preferably carry a small shoulder bag or a pouch-style backpack.
  • Carry as little cash as possible.
  • Do not put your wallet in your back pocket.
  • If someone tries to grab your bag, do not resist in case you are injured.
  • Do not trust people who try to distract your attention to steal your belongings, particularly on café terraces, when you are withdrawing money from a cash machine or when signing petitions.
  • Do not handle cash in public and never change currency in the street; use a Bureau de change.
  • Do not wear expensive jewellery in an ostentatious way.
  • Never leave your payment cards or money in cloakrooms or in your coat left on a chair (in a restaurant or café for example), as a pickpocket could easily sit behind you and steal your belongings.
  • Never put your bag at your feet and do not leave your mobile telephone or wallet on a café or restaurant table.

If you are the victim of an attack, what should you do?

  • Try to run away, making as much noise as possible (shouting).
  • Take refuge in the nearest shop and call the police.
  • Give a description of your attacker: gender, possible age, cut and colour of hair, height and size, clothes, distinctive marks (beard, scar, tattoo, glasses etc.).
  • State which way the attacker went, and by what means of transport. For vehicles, specify the colour, make and if possible the registration plate (even part of it).

Following this advice will ensure that your stay in Paris is as enjoyable as possible.