Crime in Paris, France

Crime rates in Paris, France

Level of crime
55.71 Moderate
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
68.20 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
49.57 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
55.17 Moderate
Worries car stolen
42.70 Moderate
Worries things from car stolen
51.20 Moderate
Worries attacked
52.29 Moderate
Worries being insulted
59.29 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
44.61 Moderate
Problem people using or dealing drugs
53.68 Moderate
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
61.86 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
48.98 Moderate
Problem corruption and bribery
40.86 Moderate

Safety in Paris, France

Safety walking alone during daylight
67.15 High
Safety walking alone during night
46.19 Moderate

Contributors: 298

Last update: December 2018

These data are based on perceptions of visitors of this website in the past 3 years.

If the value is 0, it means it is perceived as very low, and if the value is 100, it means it is perceived as very high.

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35 Comments so far

#Sherene on Nov 10, 2018 :
Coming from London, where used to living in a dangerous big city. We stayed in Le Marais for 3 days. Didn't once feel uneasy or unsafe, even in the evening. Arriving at the Gate th Nord we were seriously underwhelmed. We had left St Pancras, which is pretty grand. Was really surprised by how ordinary the station was. The drive from the station was an eye opener on how shabby and dilapidated things were. Not quite the romantic Paris we were imagining. In Le Marais only the main streets had decent pavements. Back streets were a nightmare and so many sad neglected buildings!! The worst thing though was the rudeness. Londoners who bump into each other apologise regardless of who's at fault. And they know how to queue! We went into the Monoprix and my god were staff stuck up! From my understanding it's not even a high end department store. At the Louvre staff generally looked fed up. My 13 year old was really upset by the unfriendliness. Have to say though that the attractions lived up to expectations. Will never forget the view from the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre was a dream come true. Shame about the atmosphere.
#ANK on Nov 06, 2018 :
@Floral Yeah, I also read that some East Asian tourists suffered of the Paris Syndrome, which they saw Paris like a dream in the ads but they were shocked on how the reality looked like. I met some Parisians living in Montreal and they don't see their own city in a positive light, and Montreal had the most amount of Arabs in Canada but it's safer there, probably because of the cold.
#Floral on Nov 01, 2018 :
What’s interesting is that people generally see the glitzy postcard view of Paris. I live here and soon realised that the whimsical tourist view of Paris soon became washed down the the realism of over immigration. Not to mention the gypsy beggars, pickpockets and homelessness. Scores of young wanna be gangsters mainly Arabs make the glow of Paris washed down. They stare at you from a place of entitlement and superiority. Don’t get me wrong, I love living here and the architecture, food and culture is amazing, but somehow the “no borders” philosophy of the EU has damaged the city.
#Anita on Oct 23, 2018 :
I happened to come to Paris two days ago.on very first day, we went to metro train station. While my husband was trying to use the machine to get the ticket,one guy who looked around 20’s came and started helping him. After we got the the tickets, my husband passed the gate. While I was passing through , on black kid of age aroun 20 jumped over me. I got distracted seeing him jumping without buying ticket. I realized same person who was helping my husband was behind me, trying to help me open the gate.As soon as I entered inside, I realized my wallet was stolen with all my ID’s , credit card and 1400 dollars. I screamed , but of no help.
I actually had bag of 5 pockets outside, So I was under assumption that if they pick pocket , they will go for outer pocket first. Not only that, I was always holding my bag from the top with my hand. Just one second of leaving my hand to insert the Ticket, this person robbed me on very first day.
Still in Paris.
My vacation is ruined.
Fortunately , I kept my passport I. Safe.
I was also planning to keep money in other place, but feel stupid for not doing it.
So, please .. please don’t talk to strangers in place like this.
I know one person who visited Paris from states, his passport was stolen on very first day.
He ended up staying in Paris for one month.
Yes,I went to policd station, and they had no care attitude.
I was trying to tell them that I have taken the picture of person who jumped over me, they didn’t show any interest.
May be , they could have arrested the whole gang after looking at picture.
But they did not seem bothered at all.
So ....Don’t think of coming to Paris without taking safeth precautions.
Still very upset
Leaving tomorrow..
Thank God
#lingwa_maltija on Sep 18, 2018 :
Pickpocketing is the biggest issue, as with all cities in Europe now... *sigh*
Sexual harrasment is a huge issue too, especially for women. Don't go out at night alone, even if you're male. Go with a male friend.
#Glenn- old Aussie on Aug 21, 2018 :
I have no real experience of pick pocketing in the last 2 days in Paris.
The French and others have a huge heart accepting folk that don't have a home and to accept them with opened arms to live with them. Tolerance and patience is hard to find anywhere. I love Paris and their pride in being French. Maybe sometimes it covers across being stern to others. I will come back if I can.
Australia has a worst policy, we lock them all up for years who come by boat "illegally" (women and children and separate the men) in 'concentration' type camps we call "detention centres" in nearby ex French colony Numea and other pacific countries we can pay off! I love Australia but the Australian Govt has it all wrong. They can take a lesson from France.
#Eri on Aug 17, 2018 :
I was at Paris 2 days ago I walked all the night in the streets and is safe for my opinion, ,,is big ,,for them wich want paradise in Paris go to church, ,,for normal peoples is safe
#M T on Jul 13, 2018 :
I was in Paris 2 times.
There are more rats than tourists, everything seemed dirty, a lot of strange people there...
Paris had and has and will have the same problems everyday.
I would consider Marseille as safer than Paris..
#Piere on Jun 17, 2018 :
This is completely wrong- not even close to the truth. I lived in Paris until last year, and I was forced out of my family's buisness. The crime rates, especialy amoung the overwhelming migrant population, is far beyond "dangerous," even in tourist areas. Walk alone at night? You can't walk alone in the day! This website is criminal, it will get tourists killed! I beg of you, DO NOT GO TO PARIS
##RefugeeCrisis on Jun 17, 2018 :
I believed these reports when I went to Europe earlier this summer. I was raped by a gang of Arabs in BROAD DAYLIGHT and NOBODY cared. Paris is a shitty hellhole, I think I saw five actual french people the entire trip before I went to the police station, where the officer just told me that, because I was raped in a particular district where the police "don't go," he could do nothing.
#Paris-Paris on May 13, 2018 :
Thats the most BS I ever read. Paris is pretty safe compared to most places (just check the crime figures).

Main danger is pickpockets. A lot of them, no wallet in back pocket. Don't let young ladies and boys go near you in the tube, be very carefull if they show you something to sign and/or at ATM. Chain wallet is okay. Pickpockets are usually non violent, they avoid attacking french people, who would beat the shit of them. They come from Romania and are Roma (rom in french). Try looking like a french and carry your backpack in front of you in the subway and leave passeports at safe at the hotel.

The high speed train from Charles de Gaule or Orly to paris is kind of unsafe, bus or taxi is better. lot of thiefs in airports and train stations.

North and East of Paris is kind of poor with a lot of arabs. Beware of gangs of young arabs dressing like "rappers", specifically, they are retarded homophobic backward loser, rapist and drug dealers. Everybody fucking hate them. you will hate them too. 90% of violent crimes in the capital are done by those arab gangs. They are coward and even if you are a pro MMA athletes they will gang up on you and stab you from the back. They don't do fair fights and if a kids is picking up fight, there is probably 10 other at the corner. Avoid 18th district at night, plenty of junkies.

As for the french people being rude, people in Paris are struggling to live in tiny expensive appartments. So time is money and acting as your tour guide/tourism advisor is not our priority. be direct but fair and everything will be alright. Fluent english is not uncommon among young people and I dare you to find a place wherer staring at a map wont get you help within minutes. French people are also notoriously easy to bond with and very very direct, you (americans) see us as rude and we see you as bland complete hypocrites. Main difference is when a french ask "hi how are you?" he genuinely want to know, not like cashiers in US supermarket who would not give a rat ass if you where dead.
#Hugo on Feb 24, 2018 :
I've been leaving in Paris for 35 years. They are robberies (home, cars and bike) happening while you are away.
However, I've never seen any violence to people nor heard of it within my relatives circle, and I've been to almost any district in the city. Only on three occasions some road rage, people shouting at me.
#Evie on Jan 25, 2018 :
I was in Paris a few weeks ago. It's no different than NYC (my home) with the diversity of people and tourists. As long as you're aware and not a total idiot (camera and map = my wallet is in my left back pocket and you can have it), you'll be fine.
#Elis on Jan 12, 2018 :
All of these reviews are ridiculous & honestly sound so fake. I live in Paris. A young white woman alone. I moved here from east London. Paris is not dangerous. The people are absolutely lovely & like any place, you will find nasty people if you're unlucky but it is MUCH friendlier than London. I've lived in the 13th district, as well as 3 different Parisian suburbs. They're all normal, fine places to live - they just don't look as grand as the champs Élysée. Most of the lovely people who have made me feel so at home here are 'immigrants' or at least, non white, non elite Parisians. Yes people are being pushed out of the city centre by high prices & yes this means immigrants, who have less opportunities to get really rich in Paris, are concentrated in the suburbs, but this is the same as any big city & does not automatically make non-white people dangerous. Honestly the level of racism here is appalling and entirely futile. If you go somewhere believing anyone who isn't white is dangerous or untrustworthy then you're creating your own irrational fear & sense of danger. My advice, rather than trying to avoid areas of Paris or treating everyone as a dirty criminal, would be to avoid cities all together & stay out of society - you're never going to feel safe if you're a racist fuckbucket
#Inka on Jan 08, 2018 :
The French are not a very welcoming people, not by any standards.. Paris is the epicentre of this mentality, it's sad such a wonderful country ruined by such terrible people.
#Marie on Jan 08, 2018 :
Hmmm I have lived in Paris for the last two years - I am moving for many reasons but one of those reasons has to do with feeling uneasy/unwelcome and unsafe in MANY certain areas.
If you are like me and obviously don't live in Neuilly (I feel only the 'rich' areas are maintained and regulated) then you might have some trouble. Very dirty too...
#SamWang on Nov 19, 2017 :
I caught pick pocket stealing my wallet on my first trip. I do not want to go to Paris anymore.
#Max on Jul 31, 2017 :
I find these reviews a bit overrated... I've been living in Paris for 5 years and hosted a lot of couchsurfers from all over the world, always wandering everywhere walking / metro and never had any troubles (neither have they)
I've always felt safe, even in the evening. Some drunk people here and there trying to get home at 4.00am are easily avoidable, stay on the big boulevards if you want to walk and everything will be fine.
Pickpocketing is an issue in tourist places and/or transportation, usually done with deception. Tourists are obviously a target for theft as they usually pay less attention to their belongings and have more cash than inhabitants, so, just pay attention to your stuff, be moderately aware of your surroundings and you'll be fine, no need to exaggerate the risk and being paranoid :)
#Anonymous on Jul 23, 2017 :
Was a nice city when I visited it in 2014,not sure about how safe it is toda though,as a mega city surely there will be pickpocketers,there is trash around but again it's a mega city.Just stay in the places where there are lots of tourists but hide your valuables,don't worry about the crime Paris is safer than my homeland Russia
#will on Jul 14, 2017 :
just there for three days,my fifth trip in 30 years, shocked at the dirt, decay and general feeling of last trip there...too many other great places especially in the U.S.
#bob jeggorson on Jun 02, 2017 :
Paris is the best place ever. Its very safe and I think they should hold the 2020 olympics and If i had to pick somewhere where they will never hold it is budapest that place is trash i gout jumped and robbed and my car was stolen. #Paris=Peace
#Reply on May 22, 2017 :
Thanks! I actually had a great trip here in Paris.
#Anonymous on Apr 14, 2017 :
Just got back from paris. My 2 cents.. If you're an American from a major city don't even sweat these reviews, just go, you'll be fine. If you act on the same level of paranoia that gets you home safe in any US city population 1mil and up you'll be just fine. Dark alley 4 people look your direction as soon as you look down the alley.. Keep it moving, take the long route or get a taxi.
#Anonymous on Apr 09, 2017 :
These results are scaring me and I'm from the US!
#Ben on Dec 22, 2016 :
Be very wary of pickpockets especially in densely populated tourist areas like the Louvre.
#Lolo on Dec 04, 2016 :
Be careful with black, arabics, littel Roma girls and all Roma people. Put your money and documents in a safe place, then should be ok.
#Tom Sonne on Sep 06, 2016 :
The biggest problem in Paris, I think, is the robbery of the ... bicycles !
#MikeinParis on Jul 24, 2016 :
I have lived in Paris in '84 and '85 and from 2000 onward. Never ever saw, heard of or was involved in any violent or non-violent crime. Suburbs a different story.
#Francois on May 12, 2016 :
The criminals are black muslims who rape white women. They are filth. Dangerous and mentally ill ideology.
Kill them all before they destroy all the White countries in Europe. They are satanic but the pope promote their dangerous agenda.
#Alie on Apr 22, 2016 :
Stfu about gypies. They are the last one concerned out political correctness. You sound like a complete moron. This is not about gypies and their origins.... Just to be clear.
#Xavi on Nov 03, 2015 :
I've lived in Paris one year, and yes, it's dangerous. I am from Barcelona and I've been out in Barcelona (without taking much care where or at what time) and I've never been mugged or attacked. In Paris I've seen one stabbing, one robbery by a group of arabs to a French guy, a black guy tried to fight me and in the end fought somebody randomly in the bus, our Chinese friend (living in Paris) was shout several times in the streets from groups of arabs and blacks saying things like "go to your country, shit of Chinese", and more things...
They definetely have a problem with inmigrant (African inmigrant, to be specific) integration, and it's not a safe city if you are afraid of violent crimes.
#Alice on Sep 08, 2015 :
The problem in Paris is not (in my opinion) just racism. I've been insulted and/or attacked by all kinds of people, of all kinds of ethnicity, age etc. I've lived near and in Paris since I was born, I'm white, and I very rarely go out without getting harassed or insulted or pushed or something.
Paris is going down, and has been for a long time now, and nobody seems to care. Personally I've given up and will move away as soon as I'm able to do so. It would be a wonderful city if it wasn't so post-apocalyptic. Don't come here to stay, that's my friendly advice to anyone who will read this.
#macy on Jan 24, 2015 :
Paris, even if its such a colorful city is the most racist and foreigners hating city. I had to deal with that by myself while I lived there for half an year. i just couldn't take anymore the hate abd arogance of french people. I am not arab, black, indian, but east european. If they treat that way east europeans, you can imagine all other races what have to deal with. It's unhuman.
#Mac on Jan 09, 2015 :
Was in France twice this past summer and spent a few days in Paris. Experienced firsthand a minor gypsy girl trying to pickpocket an elderly Asian lady. We yelled at her and she looked very freightened and ran away. Other than that, the visit was uneventful and all the servers at restaurants were very helpful and friendly. However, we have a house in the wine and champagne country and after we left our house it was broken into. Someone that oversees the house when we are back in USA said it appears nothing was stolen. Probably kids looking for alcohol.
#Bridget on Jan 09, 2015 :
Why! Why! Why! is there so much violence in the world. I always dreamed of going to Europe where my ancestors were from (according to dna) But now I am not sure if this is an adventure I would want to take. At times we have to worry about our own fellow Americans, now France! I just wish we could just treat each other with human respect...for all races, religions and nationalities. In reality we all originate from the same source.