For the Paris Police Dial 17
When an emergency arises in Paris or you want to report a problem to the police, dial "17". Today a security guard at the Banque de France helped me after an incident at the BNP Paribas Beaumarchais, Bastille. After speaking with the police on the guard's phone, I noticed the number on his screen "17". I will never forget that number and used it about an hour later. By coincidence the same three teenagers who hassled me earlier at the ATM inside the BNP Paribas were leaving the line one metro train the same time as I walked off. I dialed "17".
He Stole My Wallet But Got Caught — The Update
A lucky victim of a potential pickpocket scheme is Mary Kay. She recently had the tingling "beware" effect of someone's presence and kept her wallet. In Mary Kay's recent post on Out and About in Paris she shares tips and photos on how not to become the victim. Undercover police save me from losing everything. This is the court follow-up to my pickpocket adventure. Beware they are still out there.
What To Do BEFORE Your Cell Phone Is Stolen
“Bonnie” flew into Paris for business. She went to a Starbucks and set down her iPhone. Someone came up to her with a piece of paper. When “Estelle” looked at the paper, by sleight of hand the phone disappeared, in a second. A purse can disappear just as quickly. Set it down to try on shoes, someone comes from behind and the purse disappears! The difference is that you can save your phone from being used. Copy down the IMEI number from your iPhone . The calls can be blocked, if you report your phone stolen to the nearest phone service or a company similar to yours from home: Orange,…