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On today's episode Annie and Elyse discuss how to protect yourself from pickpockets in Paris. We give specific steps anybody can take that will make it less likely that you will be the victim of a pick pocket, but also also steps to mitigate the repercussions if you do get robbed.
It's All About Distracting You!
Pickpockets and magicians use the same misdirection techniques because they work. A lot of them are really good at what they do! So if it's happened to you, don't feel bad, just do everything you can so it doesn't happen again.
What can you do? You can learn about the common scams so you'll recognize them. We discuss them at length in the episode. Most of the time it's about not allowing yourself to be distracted and not interacting with scammers. An ounce of prevention will go a long way!
Learn How to Protect Yourself From Pickpockets
The only way to make sure nothing bad ever happens is to stay home and do nothing, but we're not going to do that are we? So, listen to this episode and get some inspiration on how to protect yourself from pickpockets in Paris and go on your next trip full of confidence!
Only Buy Tickets from Official Sources!
It's really easy for scammers to collect used metro tickets and sell them to unsuspecting tourists. Here's a testimonial about that from podcast listeners:
"Despite all the warnings we fell for it. It's never too much to warn people again and again: don't buy metro tickets from "good employees trying to help tourists" because THEY DON'T EXIST! The good employees are behind the glass of the ticket booth, nowhere else. We lost some 40 euros but that didn't ruin the trip."
Please repeat after me: "I shall not buy tickets on the street! I will only buy from official sources"
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The only way to never have anything unpleasant happen to you is to stay home. But, if you're listening to this podcast, you probably don't want to do that. We agree with you!
Paris isn't any worse than any other big city when it comes to pickpockets, and as a matter of fact, the police that this stuff very seriously. But there are no guarantees and a lot of the pickpockets are minors who can't be put behind bars for very long. So you need to do your part and get smarter than the scammers!
In this episode we've shared some specific suggestions of things you can do to both recognize the scams and lessen the impact of an adverse pickpocket encounter. If it's going to happen, at least let's do things that will lessen the blow!
How do you protect yourself from pickpockets in Paris? Comment below.