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Paris Crime Rate – Safety Travel Guide

What’s the crime rate in Paris? Check out our safety tips before visiting Paris.

According to Numbeo, following is the latest Paris crime index in 2022:

Crime Index: 56.31
Safety Index: 43.69
Index uses the scale [0, 100] for values.

Paris Crime Rate

Level of crime 60.73 High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years 71.41 High
Worries home broken and things stolen 51.56 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed 59.03 Moderate
Worries car stolen 46.65 Moderate
Worries things from car stolen 56.08 Moderate
Worries attacked 57.36 Moderate
Worries being insulted 63.02 High
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion 47.28 Moderate
Problem people using or dealing drugs 61.50 High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft 66.28 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery 54.30 Moderate
Problem corruption and bribery 43.14 Moderate

Safety in Paris, France

Safety walking alone during daylight 64.00 High
Safety walking alone during night 38.51 Low

Besides, the National Observatory of Delinquency and Penal Responses unveils its annual report on violence in Paris, and the most affected neighborhoods are not what we expect …

This X-ray of delinquency  tells us that Paris dominates the regions of France in terms of insecurity, just behind the Seine-Saint-Denis. With an average of 15.72 violence per 1,000 inhabitants in 2015, Paris is more than double the national average (in mainland France). A very bad note that has different repercussions depending on the boroughs.

By consulting the figures of crimes and offenses of Paris, one realizes that the podium of the most dangerous districts consists of 1st2nd and  8th districts!

On this first map, we discover the figures of physical violence by district. Leading in the order: 1st, 8th and 10th. Exit prejudices on the 19th … The most sought – after neighborhoods of the capital obviously attract as much trouble as Parisians.

Same thing on the burglary side: this time the 2nd takes the first place, followed by the 1st and 18th. If the first two places of the podium surprise, the reputation of the 18th arrondissement follows in this ranking, with neighborhoods like Barbès or Clichy. I also recommend you to read our article: How to Avoid Pickpockets and Thieves?

At the level of car theft now, it is the 8th which passes in the lead, again followed by the 2nd and 1st districts. So we can deduce that thieves are looking for cars that are worth stealing, and operate in beautiful neighborhoods?

Finally, the drug side, always the same trio of the head: the first registers 33.7 narcotic offenses per 1000 inhabitants, the 8th district a rate of 18 and the 2nd district a rate of 13. Obviously, these neighborhoods thus identify the majority of consumers Parisians. Do you feel concerned?

If you want to settle in a quiet area, it is better to avoid the heart of Paris, and instead move to the 7th, 14th, 15th and 20th districts. With crime rates 10 times lower than those of the 1st, they are obviously the safest and quietest areas of the capital.

Safest Places to Stay in Paris

Here’s a list of safe neighborhoods in Paris, France, to enjoy your stay with no worries.

1. Marais

The trendiest neighborhood in Paris, the Marais is defined by the hip Parisians who come to eat, drink, and shop in this uber cool quartier. Though the tone of the neighborhood slants towards a younger set, the Marais’s diversity offers something for everyone – from its famed Jewish quarter to the historic Place des Vosges – for visitors who’ve checked off their sightseeing list, the Marais is the perfect place to understand Paris outside of the guidebooks.

2. Saint Germain

Saint Germain retains the timeless charm of the Left Bank while buzzing with a lively array of galleries, restaurants, and jazz clubs. From the upscale shops that dot the bustling Boulevard Saint Germain to the aristocratic calm of the Jardin du Luxembourg, this quarter is popular with locals and tourists. This neighborhood typically attracts a well-heeled crowd who come seeking only the biggest names in food and fashion. Though at times the area may feel overrun with tourists, the biggest advantage is that you’ll find many shops and restaurants open in summer while other areas of the city are quiet.

3. Latin Quarter

The Latin Quarter is great for those who want a central location with classic Parisian charm while seeking something a little quieter. Find somewhere away from the student hangouts for which the area is typically associated with and you’ll find yourself strolling down cobblestone streets, through leafy squares, and taking in some of the most diverse architecture in the city which includes Roman ruins, gothic spires, and the innovative Institut du Monde Arabe. Great restaurants and wine bars abound in this part of the city as well as the lively market street Rue Mouffetard.

4. The 7th

The 7th has everything you think of when you think of Paris – the Eifel Tower, the Seine, excellent museums, breathtaking architecture, charming markets, high-end shopping, and world-class restaurants. Its diversity and versatility make it a popular choice for everyone, whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a family vacation. Visit the family-friendly Berges de Seines and you’ll have a riverfront play area that stretches from the Musee D’Orsay to the Pont D’Alma. Or at night, take a romantic stroll near the Pont Alexander III bridge, one of the most beautiful Beaux-Arts bridges in Paris where you’ll also have a view of the Grand Palais just on the other side of the Seine. Be sure to explore Rue Cler, a charming market street that has a village-like feel and gives you a small slice of Parisian life.

5. South Pigalle

Tourists who want a local Paris vibe should stay in South Pigalle. Just south of the former red light district, the city’s most up-and-coming destination offers quiet tree-lined streets dotted with fashionable boutiques, cafes, and a thriving restaurant and bar scene. A few tucked away boutique hotels have popped up in recent years, allowing tourists to take advantage of its proximity to the hills of Montmartre and nearby Sacre Coeur.

6. Montmartre

Montmartre’s charm and breathtaking views are the biggest reasons to stay in this part of Paris. Though it’s a bit far from the other main attractions, you can easily reach the rest of the city by metro or explore this neighborhood’s unique history. Away from the touristy spots such as the Sacre Couer, Moulin Rouge, and Place du Tertre, you’ll find quiet cobblestone streets to wander with Avenue Junot having some of the most beautiful houses in Paris or Rue des Saules which climbs past the Vigne de Montmartre (Paris’s only vineyard). The street also connects the Montmartre hilltop with the Lamarck-Caulaincourt neighborhood with several stretches of stairs and its beauty was immortalized by artists such as Cezanne and Van Gogh.

7. The 1st

The 1st arrondissement is a great base for sightseeing. You’re in the heart of Paris with many of the city’s sights within walking distance such as the Louvre, Tuileries Garden, and Notre Dame Cathedral while the Musee D’Orsay and Saint Germain are just across the river. Combined with a fantastic dining scene including some of Paris’s best restaurants like Spring and Verjus, visitors have an abundance of activities to choose from both day and night.

Where Should I Stay In Paris?

The rooftop bar at the Hotel des Grands Boulevards.

Still confused?

That’s my fault. Here are 3 great reasonably priced hotels. You can’t go wrong with any of these places.

  • Hotel des Grands Boulevards – Fantastic 4-star hotel that is 30 seconds from a metro station and walking distance to the Louvre, Notre Dame, and both the Gare du Nord (direct trains to the airport) and Gare de l’Est train stations.
  • Cler Hotel – Great 3-star hotel located in one of the most charming neighborhoods in Paris. Surrounded by local shops, cafes, and restaurants. Walking distance to the Eiffel Tower.
  • Gardette Hotel in Paris – My favorite midrange hotel for families. Nice location in a non-touristy Paris neighborhood (bus still fairly close to the main attractions). Across the street is a nice square and grean area with a kids playground. Several great local restaurants are steps from the hotel’s front door. It’s an easy walk to the Marais and several metro stations.

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Camille L.

Passionate about foreign languages, cooking and writing. I wish to share with you the places, the meetings and the gastronomic discoveries which gave relief to my travels.

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