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Many of you will have visited Europe and have a story to tell about the vicious nature of pickpockets in the region.  Well, today, The Eiffel Tower staff have stood up to fight against it.  Workers on the tower have striked, closing the tower down protesting a rise in aggressive pickpockets around the Paris landmark that attracts thousands of visitors daily.

Staff are apparently concerned about petty crime in the area surrounding the tower, which many people book their tickets on from the other side of the world and is the monumental landmark for many tourists visiting Europe.  The tower is usually open 365 days per year, only closing for bomb threats or strikes.

It comes as Parisian police say crime is down in the capital, saying pickpocketing was down 23 percent in 2015, and at the very beginning of the European summer, a time when so many Aussie and Kiwi over 60s hit the road for the pilgrimage of the European summer, either by cruise ship or bus tour.

Associated Press point to a similar walkout staged at The Louvre in 2012, complaining of a rising problem of pickpockets haunting the famed Paris museum’s vast galleries.

Do you worry about pickpocketing in European cities?  Or have you ever been impacted by pickpockets?

Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. Guess we were lucky, had no problem in France or the popular tourist sites in 2010. When my brother back-packed Sth America many years ago, he lined his pack with very fine chicken wire to prevent slashing…thought that was clever 🙂

  2. Yes and we saw it very obviously in Paris where pick pockets mingle in the crowd and target someone and follow them waiting for the opportunity.
    We were also recently in Rome and an attempt was made there as well.
    Everyone is warned about this but unfortunately it is treated like it is acceptable which is a shame because it effects the enjoyment of travelling to those beautiful places.

  3. My friend and I didn’t get our pockets picked but we were warned about it but she got touched on her butt but I missed out

  4. On tour with a group in 1998 the tour guide organised the men in the group to surround us ladies when touring Notre Dame. To protect us from the pickpockets so it looks like things haven’t improved.

  5. Pickpockets targeted my husband walking along the footpath in Geneva in broad daylight. They are so quick.

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