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What to Do If You're Pickpocketed in Paris: A Traveler's Guide

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Weronika Popiolek

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Imagine strolling by the Eiffel Tower or walking down the quaint streets of Montmartre, only to find that your wallet or purse has vanished. Being pickpocketed in a foreign city can be a daunting experience, especially in a bustling metropolis like Paris. Here’s an actionable guide to handle such an unfortunate event with composure and efficiency.

 

 

How to avoid pickpockets in Paris:

Before heading out to explore the City of Light, take steps to minimize your losses should the worst occur:

  • Simplify Your Wallet: Carry only one credit/ATM card, one form of identification, and no more than €40-50.
  • Backup Documents: Keep a photocopy or digital copy of your passport and the front and back of all cards.
  • Stay Alert: Ladies, choose purses that zip, and keep them in front. Gents, use a rubber-banded wallet in your front pocket for a snug fit.
  • Get a cable lock will allow you to fasten your bag or backpack to a table or radiator, or a money belt to keep the bulk of your money and credit cards.

what to do when you're pickpocketed in Paris

The Embassy Can Help

If you’ve been pickpocketed, know that the Consular Section of the Embassy can provide you with a detailed info sheet on replacing important items. They can guide you on the quickest ways to transfer money and assist in contacting relatives or friends if necessary.

Does Travel Insurance Cover Pickpocketing?

Yes, most travel insurance policies cover the theft of personal belongings, but you must report the incident promptly. Check your policy for specific terms and coverage.

Stay Calm

Panic is a natural reaction, but it won’t reverse the situation. Take a deep breath and focus on the necessary steps to mitigate the impact of the theft.

File a Police Report

Although you’re unlikely to recover stolen items, a police report is crucial. It’s essential for passport replacement, card cancellations, insurance claims, and potentially recovering items without cash. Head to the nearest police station and fill out a theft report. Provide local and home contact numbers for any potential follow-up.

Contact Your Bank and Credit Cards

Alert your financial institutions immediately to cancel and replace your cards. Quick action helps prevent fraudulent transactions, and consumer protection laws often shield you from liability for unauthorized charges. 

Freeze any stolen cards and keep a record of the conversation with your bank’s customer service for your records.

Replace Your Passport

Without a passport, you can’t travel. Contact the nearest embassy or consulate as soon as possible to start the replacement process.

Visit your local embassy or consulate with your police report and any identification you still have.

Additional Resources

The mission of the “Préfecture de Police” is to maintain law and order, to enforce traffic regulations, supervise Paris taxis, and to ensure the security of the general public and their property.

Each “commissariat” or police station is responsible for the security of their arrondissement. Victims of a break-in or an attack, police headquarters are at your disposal 24hrs a day, 7 days a week to provide assistance. Local police units open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm are responsible for community policing.

 

Paris is a beautiful city, and offers a plethora of incredible experiences for visitors. If you’re looking for things to do, the cafe to visit or a co-working space. Head to our Paris guide. 

 

 

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