" Safety in Paris and Le Marais District "

Safety in Paris and Le Marais District
Beautiful Place des Vosges is safe at any time

Safety in Paris and Le Marais District

Paris is one of the most visited capitals in the world. Every year, it welcomes more than 30 million tourists. Le Marais district is the most visited district  them all. On 17 July 2017, PARISMARAIS.COM signed a safety agreement, along with many other professionals from the tourism industry

Although the police force is highly-effective in keeping Paris a safe place, tourists may nevertheless be a target for pickpockets and crooks in the city's streets.

Safety in Paris and Le Marais District
Your safety in Paris

Welcoming visitors : a priority

For several years now, the Préfecture de Police has been developing a policy devoted to welcoming tourists.The Parisian police force has reception points that are open to the public throughout the capital. Amongst these, the 20 main police stations of each arrondissement are open 24/7 in order to take receive victims and provide them with the help and assistance they require. The Marais district has two main Police stations located in district 3 and district 4 and you can find their address below.

Most reception desk officers are bilingual. Many of those on duty in the streets are also blingual and in summer they wear a badge with a flag that indicates which language(s) they speak. They can answer all kinds of questions, from the simplest requests for information (giving directions, showing the way to tourist attractions, etc.) to more sensitive questions concerning theft or assault, and are a valuable help to tourists who do not speak French. We have given thousands of PARISMARAIS maps to the police stations so they can pass them to you, while visiting the Marais district.

When lodging a complaint, the software application S.A.V.E. (Assistance system for foreign victims), available in 16 languages, now enables every police officer to register the complaint of a foreign tourist and give them a receipt in their own language, simplifying any future administrative steps that the visitor may need to take to their embassy or in their country.

Safety in Paris and Le Marais District
Your safety is in good hands

Here is some advice to avoid being a victim

Be vigilant in the street

It is best to carry a small bag across your body or wear a concealed pouch rather than a back pack.

Carry a minimum of cash with you.

Don't keep your wallet in a back pocket.

If an attacker tries to snatch your bag, don't try to stop them as you will risk being injured.

Beware of individuals who try to divert your attention so that they can steal your personal belongings, notably on cafe terraces, when you are withdrawing money from automatic teller machines (ATMs) or when you are signing petitions.

On public transport

Don't leave your baggage unattended.

Don't let anyone squeeze in behind you through the ticket barriers.

Never buy tickets from illegal street sellers: they'll charge you much more (up to 10 times the normal price). Use the ticket desks and ticket machines in train stations and Metro stations.

Protect your vehicle from being stolen

Lock the doors and boot and make sure you close the windows of your vehicle.

Don't leave valuable objects where they can be seen (mobile phone, laptop, camera, clothes, bag, etc.).

Loss or theft of your identity documents

Photocopy your identity documents and keep them at your hotel or temporary residence.

If you lose them, contact the consulate and in the event of theft, also make a statement to the police.

In public places

Don't handle wads of notes in public and don't change currency in the street ; go to a bureau de change.

At ATMs, cover the keypad to hide your PIN (number) and do not let yourself be distracted by anyone during the transaction or you may be a victim of theft

Make payments with small notes, by bank card or by cheques (if of course they are cleared in France).

Don't wear expensive jewellery in an ostentatious way.

Don't leave your money or other means of payment in cloakrooms or in your coat hung on a chair (in a restaurant or cafe for example), a pickpocket could sit down behind you and steal your belongings.

Never put your bag down by your feet and don't leave your mobile phone or wallet on the table of a cafe or restaurant.

Don't keep your mobile phone in an outside pocket of your bag or clothing; don't lend it to a stranger.

Safety in Paris and Le Marais District
French Police cars in Bastille area

The illegal sale of goods on the street

When you buy a product on the street, you think you are getting a good bargain or helping someone in need. In reality, you are contributing to illegal organizations and underground networks. You do not know where the product comes from and you may be exposing yourself to risks. In France, the illegal sale of goods on the street is an offence and is punishable with a 6-month prison sentence and a fine of 3 750 euros.

Fake petitions

In tourist areas in Paris, you will often come across young girls and boys, often minors, who will approach you holding a petition, maybe pretending to be deaf and dumb, and who will ask you for money as well as your signature. Although they may seem to be acting on behalf of reputed associations and foundations, they are not. Their only aim is to get money from you, which will never be transferred to these organizations but instead used to fund illegal organizations and underground criminal networks. False representation (the use of the identity or corporate name of a legal entity) is an offence and the penalty is a 7-year prison sentence and a fine of 750,000 euros.

The three-card trick

The three-card trick is played on the street with playing cards made up, for example, of two black cards and a red card. The dealer shuffles these cards and asks the player to bet a sum of money (50 euros minimum) on the red card, for example, which he must point out amongst the three cards. If he succeeds, he receives double the amount that he bet, if he fails, he loses it. In fact, the dealer is helped by two accomplices who pretend to be players in order to recover the bets of victims. The dealer will be the winner and you will be the loser every time. This swindle is punishable under Article 313-1 of the French penal code. If you are a victim, you must lodge a complaint at the nearest police station. You will not find this in Le Marais, but it is frequent in the popular flea-market of St Ouen.

Safety in Paris and Le Marais District
French military watching le Marais at midnight

What to do if you are the victim of an assault

Try to make your attacker flee by making as much noise as possible (shouting).

Take shelter in the nearest shop and ask someone to call the police.

Give a description of your attacker: sex, approximate age, style and colour of hair, height and build, clothes, distinguishing features (beard, scar, tattoo, glasses, etc.).

Indicate the direction they fled in and by what means. For a vehicle, give the colour, make and if possible the registration number (even part of it).

In the case of a physical assault, the police officer will also give you a written document enabling you to be examined at the Urgences Médico-Judiciaires (open 24/7) :
1, place du Parvis Notre-Dame - 75004 Paris
M4 Cité, RER B St-Michel - Notre-Dame
Tel: 01 42 34 82 85/29

An official certificate will be made out and added to your file.
An investigation will then be opened to find the perpetrator(s) of these crimes.

Safety in Paris and Le Marais District
Meeting With the Prefecture de Police on July 2017


Commissariat central de Police du 3è Arrondissement de Paris
(Main police station of the 3rd district)
4 Bis - 6 Rue aux Ours, 75003 Paris – Phone : + 33 (0)1 44 88 18 00

Commissariat Central de Police 4ème arrondissement de Paris
(Main police station of the 4th district)
27 Boulevard Bourdon, 75004 PARIS

Préfecture de Police (Police headquarters)
9 Boulevard du Palais, 75195 PARIS CEDEX 04

Safety in Paris and Le Marais District
Police headquarters district 3
Safety in Paris and Le Marais District
Police headquarters district 4
Safety in Paris and Le Marais District
Bad Boys Street A funny name for the shortest street of Le Marais
Safety in Paris and Le Marais District
Café Charlot rue de Bretagne
Safety in Paris and Le Marais District
Fabulous boutique hotels welcome you with maximum security
Safety in Paris and Le Marais District
Live music in the marché des enfants rouges
Safety in Paris and Le Marais District
Paris Arsenal is worth visiting
Safety in Paris and Le Marais District
Picasso Museum garden in le Marais
Safety in Paris and Le Marais District
Drinking out by the River Seine
Safety in Paris and Le Marais District
Night life in Le Marais is always safe
Safety in Paris and Le Marais District
Be Nice with Paris Policemen


Safety in Paris and Le Marais District




To prepare your trip to Paris, you can download the exclusive PARISMARAIS MAP for free !





Parismarais Newsletter, issue N°189, 19 SEPTEMBER 2017.


Click here to unsubscribe


Special thanks to our contributors and media partners all over the world.

Should you wish to advertise with us recommend us as well as create profitable reciprocal links with us to your web site, please contact us.

PARISMARAIS.COM ® is a Media Partner of the Paris Tourism Office, as well as correspondent of over 100 medias in the world.

If you want to answer this email, please email us.


Copyright © 2017 PARISMARAIS.COM, All rights reserved.