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Most visitors to Paris will make use of the city's life-line public transport network, the RATP Metro and the RER regional express trains. The Parisian Metro is considered safe by most visitors, but passengers should be aware of safety points when using the public transport.
Most Common Problems:
* This is just a no brainer. Do not even think about carrying your wallet in your back pocket when on a Metro train.
Stations that pose a higher risk:
It is difficult (perhaps impossible) to divide Parisian Metro stations into 'safe' and 'unsafe'. Generally speaking, you are unlikely to experience problems anywhere, but there is a higher incidence of crime at some stations that at others.
If you possess an iPhone or iPad, it could be a good thing to try the app BeSafe! which, on top of assessing the dangerousness of neighborhoods of Paris, tells you which are the most dangerous subway stations in Paris based on Paris's public transportation data.
The following stations have been reported as having a higher risk:
Possibly more secure stations:
Some stations have more transit security than others. If you are nervous about Metro travel, you may wish to stick to them.
Some stations in central Paris are more closely guarded due to the increased security. RER lines run through stations listed as posing a higher rate of risk, including Châtelet - Les Halles and Charles de Gaulle Étoile.
You can take steps to ensure your own safety on the Métro. Be vigilant and aware of your surroundings. If you are uncomfortable on a train, get off and wait for the next one. Trains are frequent in Paris and there is no reason to remain next to someone making you feel insecure or intimadated.
Do not Worry:
Do not be scared of travelling on the Métro. It is relatively safe in comparison to networks in other cities. Your opinion of its relative safety will depend on where you are visiting from. It is very reliable and comprehensive. It is the cheapest and easiest way of travelling around Paris. The author of this guide uses it all the time. The best thing to do is act natural, do not wave you belongings around or draw attention to yourself. If a thief cannot pick you out as a tourist, he will probably leave you alone.