April 3, 2019
Pickpocketing on the Paris metro has dramatically increased so far this year with police saying they have seen a 33 per cent rise in just three months.
Warnings of pickpockets operating on trains are now commonly broadcast on metro lines that serve tourist areas in the city with roving bands of young pickpockets often getting on trains at the Bir-Hakeim station in the 15th arrondissement, Le Parisien reports.
Most of the thieves are young and work in groups of five or ten at a time and are often migrants, some from Eastern Europe.
Many of the pickpockets are identifiable by the large shoulder bags they often carry to store what they have stolen. Their targets are generally tourists as locals have learnt to become more cautious while riding the metro with one metro user remarking, “It’s stupid but we have been forced to become suspicious.”
This article was posted: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 5:46 am