Pickpocketing has long been an issue in Paris, especially for people using the city's often packed Metro and bus services, but 2019 saw a big rise in offences.
In total 50,000 incidents were recorded by the police in 2019 – 31,000 of them on public transport.
Overall there was a 30 percent increase in offences, with a 40 percent increase recorded on buses, Metros and RER trains.
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Packed trains and platforms can be a thief's paradise. Photo: AFP
Paris public prosecutor Rémy Heitz has now announced the creation of a 'pickpocket taskforce' in an attempt to tackle the problem.
As well as the police, the taskforce will also involve city transport operator RATP, rail operator SNCF and Paris city hall officials.
Other stations to beware of are those frequently used by tourists, such as Opéra, Strasbourg Saint-Denis and Saint-Michel, which is right next to the Notre Dame cathedral.
Also on the list are the large stations in the northern, less wealthy part of Paris Gare de l'Est, Stalingrad and Barbès-Rochechouart.