Theft in France???

Sep 11th, 2010, 01:21 PM
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I too would like to see these "many comments". there is the occasional report of someone having something stolen or being pickpocketed. This happens all over the world - even in your local mall or supermarket. (A friend of mine who lives in an upscale suburb of NYC left her purse in the "seat" of a shopping cart and turned her back to lead bags into the trunk. A youth on a bike came along and grabbed it - and naturally she couldn;t catch him. Does this mean that Hartsdale is a den of thieves?)

There are one or two places that are notorious (usually places mobbed with tourists, often who have had a little over the limit) -like the Ramblas in Barcelona.

But by and large - one place is as safe as another as long as you are reasonably careful.

I've been to Europe more than 70 times (gave up counting) and have never had anything stolen or seen anything stolen. (I have heard a couple of people complain -2 instances - but it seems to me it;s not so much that something was stolen as that they left it alone in a public place and it "disappeared"). Also - one woman who complained that her carry-on was "stolen" in the airport - actually had it confiscated by security - since it appeared abandoned and they had to be sure it didn't contain anything harmful.
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Sep 11th, 2010, 02:57 PM
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The local newspaper and parking butt first in a garage are great ideas! Easy and effective; thanks.
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Sep 11th, 2010, 03:37 PM
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Wow, I did not realize what emotions I would incite. Let me attempt to answer some of the questions. I have NEVER been robbed in any form or fashion. I travel often and that will not end nor am I worried...just curious. For those who feel it is foolish to leave luggage in a vehicle, please suggest an alternative when one is traveling the countryside.

I use this forum, countless websites, books, etc. I had never read so many comments regarding this issue...not just one source, as many of you requested.

Backing the vehicle into a space w a wall or other obstruction sounds reasonable and leaving 'something' in the vehicle which would make it look local also is a welcomed suggestion...thanks.
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Sep 11th, 2010, 04:08 PM
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On a trip thru the countryside of France in May 2008 and friend and I left our luggage in the car in Chartes, Mont St. Michel and assorted other stops without incident. We did have a cloth cover over the back compartment but luckily we had no breakins. Neither did we in our Paris hotel. During my trip in May 2010 I stayed in an apartment but again had no breakin.

Sadly, we only hear about things going wrong but we rarely hear about the many trips that occur without problems. Enjoy your trip, Bridget.
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Sep 11th, 2010, 05:41 PM
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If it's going to cause you any uncomfortable nights, pack light and bring your luggage inside with you.
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Sep 11th, 2010, 10:25 PM
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suec1: Let it roll off your back. I too, have been scolded for topping posts. Smiles. Happy Travels!
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Sep 11th, 2010, 11:30 PM
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Guenmai: " I too, have been scolded for topping posts"

suec1 didn't top this thread -- she topped another thread. Which doesn't really help anyone since it has now sunk down more than 2 pages to #120 in the thread list. Posting the link like I tried to explain is much easier and actually means someone might read the thread in question.

I was just trying to explain a better/easier way to use the forums. I wasn't naggiing - was trying to show a more efficient way to do it.

As for "topping to read later" like some do -- IF one reads the guidelines attached to everyone's profiles, Fodors editors FAQs say

>>How do I save a topic or page so I can find it later?

The easiest way to save or bookmark a topic or page is to use your Internet browser's bookmarking function.

Do what you want -- but generally, topping threads just doesn't accomplish much
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Sep 12th, 2010, 05:13 AM
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Hi bs,

>I am shocked at so many comments regarding the breaking into of vehicles and stealing in hotel rooms all across France. <

Keep in mind that of the millions of people who visit anywhere, at any time, almost no one writes, "We visited ..... and were not robbed".

OTOH, almost everyone who did have a bad experience writes about it.

Using this kind of information, you would predict that Dewey beat Truman in a landslide.

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Sep 12th, 2010, 07:58 AM
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In Normandy and Brittany you can be really sure you car will not be vandalized - not in areas like these - and yes some hectic tourist areas like the Riviera i would not be surprised but not where you are going.
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Sep 12th, 2010, 08:11 AM
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I will say that one time at a French motel in Languedoc, two cars had their windows smashed during the night. I have no idea if either car exposed anything worth stealing.

The only car that I ever rented which was broken into and emptied of most of my possessions was on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles in the middle of the afternoon.
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Sep 12th, 2010, 08:15 AM
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This is what I also suggest.
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Sep 12th, 2010, 07:07 PM
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Janisj: No one that I've ever topped anything for has complained. So, nothing I'm going to "stress out" over. And I don't find it a big deal to scroll a little. I do it and have no problems with it. Happy Travels!
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Sep 12th, 2010, 08:24 PM
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My plan was to leave un-needed luggage in the trunk so as not to have to drag it up stairs.

My plan is to leave un-needed luggage at home so I don't need to drag it anywhere.

Only leave luggage that you don't want (i.e. stuff you want stolen) in the trunk of your car, anywhere in Europe.
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Sep 13th, 2010, 02:25 AM
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I carry my passport and a bit of jewelry in my handbag, I hang onto when I am out so if they steal it they will have to kill me and I won't care anyway at that point. I have a small carry on that is locked in hotel room and if you get really paranoid you can take a bicycle lock and attach it....I have actually used the locks on long train rides and some hotels. It may not stop a thief but it may slow them down. I would just enjoy France, I have had one misfortune, while in Paris I lost a diamond earring, taught me a lesson, don't wear earmuffs - wear a scarf.
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Sep 13th, 2010, 04:26 PM
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Spaarne, I do not understand??? The 'un-needed' luggage is just not needed that nite. Did I miss something? I only need one day's worth of clothing for each stop but do need others for the rest of the trip. I am definitely not one to do laundry on a trip. My philosophy: a female can bring as much luggage as she can handle. But knowing there may not be elevators does hamper all that great wheeled luggage!
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Sep 13th, 2010, 04:37 PM
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I am definitely not one to do laundry on a trip.
Then I guess you drag your two weeks of dirty clothes everywhere you go. Your choice. I bring 4 days of clothing for a two month trip and scrub the duds twice a week.
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Sep 13th, 2010, 06:37 PM
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I have found that just leaving a few thousand euros on the seat keeps all the baddies from trying to steal my luggage in the trunk.

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Sep 14th, 2010, 07:36 AM
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We were in France this summer and actually had the opposite reaction... we were surprised by how safe it seemed, especially in Paris!
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