MANILA - The Philippine Embassy in Paris on Thursday issued an advisory for Filipinos traveling to France to be extra vigilant and alert to avoid being victims of break-ins, robberies, snatching, and pickpocketing in the capital.
Filipinos are urged to remember the following reminders:
- Be wary of pickpockets and snatchers. They are rampant at metro stations, trains, shopping areas, and tourist spots. Always secure your personal belongings such as your bags, wallets, phones and other personal items when visiting tourist spots, walking around, and riding public transportation.
- Theft may also occur in hotels and apartments. Make sure that your briefcases, bags, and other valuables are secure.
- Some thefts were reported even in airports. Make sure to keep an eye on your belongings, to avoid losing your passport and other valuables. This is also to avoid inconvenience prior to your flight.
- Be wary of people asking you to participate in petition signing or strangers who try to divert your attention by telling you that your wallet or jewellery is on the ground. These are just some of the methods used by pickpockets.
- Do not carry a lot of cash. Most stores accept cards. Should you use your card, cover your hand discretely when typing the pin.
- Keep your bags out of sight when inside the vehicles. Robberies may sometimes occur during traffic jams. If you use a rental car, do not leave your valuables inside the car as rented vehicles are always targets of thieves.
- Be alert and vigilant when visiting different areas in France. Make sure to follow the instructions of police and military personnel in case of any incident.
Filipinos who may need urgent assistance can call the 24/7 emergency hotline of the Philippine Embassy in France at +33 6 20 59 25 15.
They may also visit 45 Rue de Ranelagh, 4 Hameau de Boulainvilliers, 75016 Paris, or call at +331-44-14-57-00.
Travelers can also send a message at the embassy's email address, "[email protected]" or at its website "www.parispe.dfa.gov.ph."
They can also ask for help in Facebook or Twitter, using hashtags #PHinFrance.
- With a report from Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News