A new report from the Ile-de-France Mobilités (IDFM) has claimed that theft offences have dramatically increased this year to “unequalled levels” across the Paris metro system.
Île-de-France Mobilités, the authority that controls the various transport companies in the Paris region, said that during the first ten months of this year there were 7,485 thefts compared to 4,721 during the same period in 2018, Le Figaro reports.
Valérie Pécresse, the head of Île-de-France Mobilités, said that the IDFM will be announcing a new plan to combat the rise in thefts on the Paris Metro and the RER where some stations, such as Châtelet-Les-Halles RER station, have seen a doubling in the number of thefts.
In order to combat the rise in thefts, Pécresse called on the government to increase the police levels back to the same number as 2015.
The Paris Metro has also seen a spike in sex crimes this year, with a report from March claiming that sex attacks had increased by 30 per cent in 2018, with over 1,000 cases reported to the police.