Pickpocketed in the Metro? Tourists Can Now File Complaints Directly in the Station
Tourists are unfortunately targets of pickpockets in the metro, and in the past it was usually too complicated for them to go to the nearest police station to file the formal complaint often necessary for insurance reimbursement. But after doing a six-month test, the RATP has now extended the option to file your complaint in English in all 256 Parisian metro stations. This “dépôt de plainte” option is only available for victims of “vols simples”, which means thefts of items worth less than €1000 committed without violence and without possibility of immediately identifying the perpetrator. If you have a more serious claim you will still need to go to the police station. In the past, many tourists wouldn’t bother with the hassle of declaring thefts in the metro, even if it meant they wouldn’t have the official declaration for insurance purposes. Hopefully this new option to file in English without leaving the station will change that (and improve the accuracy of the stats on pickpocketing in the Paris metro once and for all).