Coming to Paris : be careful of these things
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If you are coming from another large city, you are probably well aware of the rampant petty crime as an integral part of the urban life. However, as Paris is among the top touristic destinations in the world, this aspect is raised on a different level. Tourists attract scammers, pickpockets and alike, so be on the lookout. Places to be extra careful are the subway and the RER, at the bottom of Montmartre, in the courtyard of the Louvre museum, in Les Halles district, around centre Pompidou and near Hôtel de Ville (the City Hall). Also, if you’re picnicking by the river or the canal (which you should certainly do if weather permits it – it is a very Parisian thing to do and a local favorite pastime) be well aware of your possessions and don’t leave your bag or backpack anywhere you can’t see it, as it might be gone in a second. Same thing goes for bars and cafés. Best thing to do is to keep it on you at all times and also making sure that it’s not open. Here is a list of things to be careful of – most of them you can encounter in Paris, especially the petition scam – be on the lookout for that one as it is all over the place. Also, even if the picture says that these are the scams to avoid this summer, they are active throughout the year.