For such a large city, Paris is very safe. But as you would in any city, it’s best to be aware and follow common sense to keep yourself safe. Here are some simple tips for staying safe in the city.
Also make sure to check out these recommendations from the US Embassy to avoid pickpocketing in Paris.
Paris is a big city and may have a very different culture than the one you are used to at home. For Americans, it’s common to smile or say hello to a passerby on the street, but in Paris this is not the case.
Be aware that a simple look or acceptance of a drink often means accepting an invitation for more than conversation.
If someone approaches you, remember to be firm but polite. Being rude can often lead to trouble.
File a police report. Do not wait to contact the police. If you don’t feel comfortable speaking French, ask someone who does to come with you. The US Embassy also offers recommendations for you if any personal items are lost.
Cancel all credit cards. Contact your local bank and tell them you lost your card. Phone numbers can be found on their website or with AUP Student Development banking information.
Call your phone company. You have a maximum of 48 hours to inform your phone company (Bouygues, SFR, Orange…) in case of theft or loss. If you don’t call them in this period of time, the insurance will not repay you if any credit has been used by the thief. Call: 1064 for Bouygues, 1023 for SFR, 3970 for Orange.
Ask for help. Robbery or harassment can be a traumatic experience. If you need to talk with someone, do not hesitate to ask. If you’re not sure what to do in your particular case, Student Development is open to help you. You can also leave a message on the AUP switchboard 24/7 (dial 600).
Seek medical attention. The Hotel Dieu hospital is the place of choice you should go to, in case of rape or aggression. They have physicians specialized in these types of assaults, who can make sure you have all the legal reports for a future prosecution of the attacker, as well as providing you with the necessary medical attention.
If you have any questions or concerns, or feel like discussing the matter, please come see our trained counselors in the Student Development Office.
In an emergency, the French police can be reached by dialing 17. The fire brigade can be reached at 18. The samu ambulance at 15.
9, rue Fabert 75007 Paris
Tel. +33 (0)1 44 18 69 07
UMIP-Unite de proximite: +33 (0)1 53 73 90 65
Pompier (firemen): 18
Caserne Malar (closest fire station): +33 (0)1 47 05 41 99
Emergency number in all of Europe: 112
SAMU (ambulance): 15
Poison control center (24/7): +33 (0)1 40 05 41 99
Always remember, Paris is a safe city. Just use your common sense, behave responsibly, and don't hesitate to be in touch with Student Development if you have any questions or concerns!