serial pickpocket” with his modus operandum of a jacket slung over his arm — No way has it been eight months since we were in court (see linked article)!
As in any big city anywhere, petty theft occurs on unsuspecting
tourists, and Nice is no differentv– the most prevalent crimes are:
1. Gold necklaces are yanked from ladies’ necks, since the price of gold is high. Best to leave your jewelry at home!
2. Gold ring scam: Someone will pick up a gold ring and approach you,
assuming that you have dropped it; he suggests that you keep it anyway,
since it has value, in return for a gesture of giving him money. The
best thing to do is to just walk away or offer to contact the police
about the lost ring.
3. Pickpockets – one man I know had just withdrawn 400 Euros from a
cash machine and had his wallet taken from his pants pocket (no, he
didn’t feel a thing!) Purses should be worn slung across your body,
backpacks worn on the front in crowded areas, and wallets not in pants
back pockets. Be especially alert on crowded buses and trams.
4. Vol à la portière – In heavy traffic, or at red lights, the target
is a purse, computer, or camera that can be easily grabbed by opening
the car door or breaking the side window. Best to keep doors locked and
items out of sight. (The below link shows an unusually aggressive
vol a la portiére
Nice is generally a safe city with about 400 video cameras in
place, so don’t be afraid to come enjoy the French Riviera — just be
aware of your surroundings and be “city smart”!