Safety

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Safety

Beware of petty theft—purse snatching, cell phone grabbing, pickpocketing, and the like—throughout France, particularly in Paris and along the Côte d'Azur. Use common sense: keep your expensive jewelry at home, avoid pulling out a lot of money in public, and avoid darkly lit areas in the evening. Women should carry a handbag with zippered compartments for money and passports, plus long straps that can be slung across the body, bandolier style. Men should keep their wallets in front pockets. When withdrawing money from cash machines, be especially aware of your surroundings and anyone standing too close. If you feel uneasy, press the cancel button (annuler) and walk to an area where you feel more comfortable. Credit-card fraud is increasing in France, especially in urban areas; be sure to collect your receipts, as these have recently been used by thieves to make online purchases. Car break-ins, especially in central Paris, inner suburbs, and isolated parking lots, are definitely on the rise. Don't leave valuables, luggage, phones, computers, or other electronics in your car; if you must, make sure they are out of view in the glove compartment or trunk.

Distribute your cash, credit cards, IDs, and other valuables between a deep front pocket, an inside jacket or vest pocket, and a hidden money pouch. Don't reach for the money pouch once you're in public. Be especially vigilant on public transportation and in crowded areas.

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