The streets of Paris will be filled with 5000 more police officers than normal this summer in an attempt to protect tourists.
Traveling to new cities around the world is a pretty exciting prospect for most. As excited as you get exploring somewhere new, there's always an element of nervousness thrown in along with it, especially if it's a city you have never been to before. You don't know your way around and you may have heard a few cautionary tales from others who have been there before or have heard bad things.
What you really need to bear in mind with this topic is even the nicest and most talked up dream destinations have their problem areas. The city you're currently sat in right now will have them, you just know where they are and avoid them unless you absolutely need to pay the areas a visit. In a place you have never been before you may accidentally stumble across those places.
We have some good news on that front. If you have a trip to Paris planned this summer there will be less of a chance than ever before of you being the victim of a crime in a foreign land. That's because, as reported by The Local, the Parisien police force will be deploying 5000 extra officers in order to battle tourist-related crimes in the city's busier and more built up areas.
According to the ministry of interior, there were around 134000 non-violent crimes committed in Paris last year, including pickpocketing and items such as cell phones being stolen. Those are the kinds of crimes police in Paris are looking to clamp down on, and their efforts really began on June 11 as that's when extra waves of officers took to the more touristy streets of the popular French city.
Paris is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the entire planet. Around eighteen million people holidayed in the city last year and that figure is estimated to go up in 2018. With numbers like that it's comforting to know that there will be thousands more officers on the streets looking out for us, plus a lot of those officers are bilingual so will be able to communicate more easily with those who don't speak much French.