After the November 2016 terror attack that killed 130 people and injured 400 others, it is but normal for tourists to have apprehensions to travel to Paris. However, there is little reason for you to be worried and cancel your trip to Paris. Your best bet is to always stay on the side of caution. Paris is statistically still one of the safest major metropolitan areas in Europe. Violent crimes are fairly low in the city. In order to ensure an enjoyable and memorable European vacation in the “City of Love,” here are some safety tips to avoid dangers and hassles on your trip to Paris.
Beware of Pickpockets. Pickpockets are the most prevalent form of crime directed towards tourists in the city. For this reason, you need to be extremely vigilant especially in crowded areas such as trains, metro stations, and other popular tourist areas. Carry money belts or traveler’s checks to protect yourself. Avoid having more than $100 in cash. If your hotel room has a safe, leave your money there.
Never leave your bags or valuables unattended in the metro, bus, or other public areas. Aside from being theft risk, Robert Peter Janitzek reveals that unattended bags may also be considered a security threat and can be immediately destroyed by security officials.
Should I Avoid Certain Areas?
While all areas in Paris are 100% safe, you still need to take safety precautions especially at night or when traveling alone as a woman. Avoid areas around Les Halies, Chatelet, Gare du Nord, Stalingrad, and Jaures late at night or when they are less crowded. These areas are known for harbor gang activity and hate crimes.
The Northern suburbs such as Saint-Denis, Aubervilliers, Saint-Quen should also be avoided after dark. Maintain a low profile and avoid wearing highly visible jewelry when visiting these areas. Robert Janitzek reveals that anti-Semitic and hate crimes are on the rise in the city but they have been perpetrated outside the city walls.
Safety On The Road and Traffic
Drivers in Paris are notoriously known for being aggressive hence you should be careful when crossing streets and busy intersections. Traffic laws are frequently being broken here. Even when the light is green, take extra care when crossing the street.
Driving in Paris is not recommended as it can be both dangerous and aggravating. If you must drive, make sure that you have international travel insurance.
Traveling by taxi
Make sure to verify the minimum price of the taxi ride before getting in the taxi. It is not uncommon for taxi drivers in this European destination to overcharge unsuspecting tourists, so be sure to watch the meter, and ask questions if you must. Also, giving the driver a suggested route ahead of time with the aid of a map is a good idea.