Cops vow to make your trip to Paris Safer
The world’s most visited city, Paris, gets around 30 million visitors per year, and the tourist traffic has attracted one headache that keeps pestering the city’s police: organised crime.
Pickpockets and muggers populate the most popular destinations in Paris, including the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum and Notre Dame Cathedral, relieving tourists of their cash and gadgets and personal IDs, turning vacations into nightmare.
But Paris cops are vowing to stamp out crime in these Parisian landmarks for good.
Paris police Chief Bernard Boucault announced at the Louvre that 10 popular tourist zones will get special police attention this summer as the number of tourists is expected to jump. Some of the zones included in the heightened watch are the Champs Elysees, Gare du Nord, Boulevard Saint-Germain, the Latin Quarter and Châtelet.
The chief added that a Bulgarian and a Bosnian officer will be joining the ranks of Romanian police working with Paris police in this new security measure to fight crime propagated mostly by criminals of East European origin. Boucault also called off an initial plan to recruit Chinese officers in the new drive against tourist crime.
It was previously announced that Chinese officers will be brought in since Chinese tourists are expected to increase in number in the coming years. Chinese tourists are estimated to spend on average €1,300 in France. Last year, a group of Chinese tourists were robbed €7,500 in cash, including plane tickets and passports.