I usually don't post warnings, but we've had a few similar experiences pop up on the France expat forums this week. I don't want to alarm visitors, but I want people to be aware. Bon voyage.
From Randy, a regular in my expat group and a 14-year Paris resident:
“Yesterday my husband and I went through the Paris metro. It seemed fine, then a bunch of kids started surrounding us by the door as we entered, I pushed my way through, and my husband held onto his wallet. Unfortunately, he didn't secure his phone fast enough and they unzipped his front pocket to steal his phone which had all of Credit Card Info and passes. He knew as soona s the kids left, he got pickpocket.
Pickpockets have been on hiatus because of CV. Now they're back in full force. It doesn't matter how long you've lived in your "big" city, they will always exist and you cannot let you guard down.
I'm not a sponsor for Pacsafe, but I have a backpack and shoulder bags that are slashproof and can also latch or lock with a luggage luck.
DON'T LET YOUR GUARD DOWN. This is the first time this has happened to my husband in the 14-years we've lived in Paris.”