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How safe is the city?

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By Traveller July 6, 2017
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How safe is the city?

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By Gabriela Traveller July 6, 2017

Me and my friend are visiting this weekend. We are both girls and I was just wondering how if the city is travel friendly. Any places you don't recommend walking through?

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Yes as everybody said, avoid the tenderloin/downtown even though you will have to go through to see the Union Square its safe as long as you keep your belongs safe such as Phone, cameras and money. Dont feel sorry when a homeless comes and ask for money just ignore them and keep walking. Also avoid certain areas in the Mission District, try to hang out between Valencia St to Dolores st from 15th st to 24th. Safe travel and have fun.
Local July 7, 2017
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I agree with everyone that it is basically safe, but I know from experience that there are always people walking around looking for opportunities. Like one person said below, if you are lost, do not make it obvious. I would not pull out a map in the middle of the street or on the bus, which I practice in any city. One big thing I tell people though, is DO NOT keep your phone in your back pocket or somewhere easily accessible. Also, do not pull your phone out all the time if not necessary. I was pick pocketed on the bus a few months ago because I did not practice this and I see people doing it all the time. After talking to the police I learned that people have had their phones taken from their hands if they are walking around constantly with it out. Although this is probably less common. Of course, there are many people who walk around with their phones out, but per SFPD, it is not advised. The police told me stolen smart phones are being sold everyday in the Tenderloin (the "bad neighborhood" listed in the other comments.) Criminals go to other parts of the city to steal the smart phones, and then bring them to the Tenderloin to sell to criminal buyers. Also, this is common sense, but keep your door locked at all times and make sure accessible windows cannot be climbed into. I also have learned, that there are people who walk around checking if doors are unlocked and if windows can be slid open, and I live in a basically safe neighborhood, the Sunset.
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Local July 6, 2017
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hi, welcome to San Francisco. It's a city that gets a lot of tourists so I would say that it's safe. There are some neighborhoods that I would not encourage my daughters to walk around, such as the tenderloin and probably the Bayshore. Since there are two of you, I would feel pretty safe. I hope you enjoy
Local July 6, 2017
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The city is very safe at night. If you don't want to feel uncomfortable because of quieter streets, I'd stay away from the financial district actually since it closes up most operations after 5pm when the Fi-Di crowd commutes home. Some street of deep Mission are a little unruly but not necessarily unsafe and lower streets of the Tenderloin from O'Farrell to Civic Center are a little uncomfortable to walk through with all the debris and homelessness, but again, not necessarily unsafe just not particularly nice to walk through.
For the most part, SF is as safe as any other city. Know where you are going and don't look lost even if you are.

Parts of the Tenderloin should probably be avoided, but there is nothing to see there anyway. 6th Street between Market and Mission Street is sketchy. There are pocket areas where lots of street people congegrate; The Haight, Van Ness and Market Street, Mission and 26th and Mission and 24th. They are usually too busy doing their own thing to be much of a problem. Just be aware.

You will no doubt be approached by pan-handlers and street people almost anywhere, but for the most part they are not aggressive.

SF is a very walkable city...and dress in layers!





Local July 6, 2017
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I'm a 72 year old white male who has lived in San Francisco since 1972. I've never had a problem on the streets and I still walk constantly day and nights. I treat it like I do in any city like an adventure. Some areas I don't walk in late at night wether it's Mexico City, Odessa, NYC or San Francisco. Be aware of your surroundings and logic works best. People are friendly in the poor neighborhoods, often more so than the wealthy neighborhoods, if you engage them when you are lost or need help finding your way. I have never been harmed by a homeless person. If a block looks to sketchy for you walk around or ask someone for a better way. I would never leave San Francisco without seeing Mission st. from 16th st. to 24th st. And having a burrito or taco along the way. My fav would be El Farilito @24th st and Mission. Have fun, it will all be homogenized in a decade.
Local November 16, 2017
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You will probably be harassed, (ie yelled at by a wacko,) but that's *hopefully* it. I second staying away from soma/tenderloin/parts of market street. If you're over there, stay toward Hayes valley. The castro is generally pretty safe if you want to club/be out. Downtown: hayes valley is good, upper nob hill is good, pac heights is good. If you want a quieter vibe, my hood is inner sunset (by the park,) and it's generally good clean fun here.
Local August 26, 2017
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I am a native of the Bay Area and have lived in SF for well over 10 years.

Each year it becomes more and more unsafe.

I’ve travelled all over the world and consider SF the least safe city I’ve been to over the last 5 years.

Violence and serious drug use has really ramped up over those years.

Just a couple weeks ago a homeless person approached me and started to yell at me for “looking at him”. Junkies shoot upon the heart of the financial district during the work day. Librarians are trained to administer an emergency antidote to overdose victims in the main library. The Civic Center is a defacto shooting gallery.

Youth mob crime is on the rise. Not counting the 40-50 youths who jumped a BART train and robbed it’s passengers (since it was in Oakland). Last week a mob of youths beat and robbed a woman on a muni bus in downtown SF.

Just a few days ago, 3 people were shot in broad daylight in Delores Park which is a popular park attended by a lot of people.

I was in New York a few months ago and surprisingly, I found it a lot safer than SF.
Local August 7, 2017
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None at this point. Gentrification.
Local July 9, 2017
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I don't consider the city safe at all. The most unsafe neighborhood is probably the Tenderloin/Dowtown area, so just be aware when walking. Get from point A to point B as quickly as possible, and do not have your phone out. I carry pepper spray when I walk, and I walk as quickly as I can. If it's more than a mile, or if it's late I take a Lyft of Uber. Just don't walk through the Tenderloin late at night, drunk and sloppy with your phone out and you should be fine
Local July 6, 2017
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Try to avoid the Tenderloin as much as possible. Honestly, the city isn't safe at all. I carry pepper spray when I walk through the city. The key is to go from point A to point B as quick as possible, be mindful of your surroundings, and don't have your phone out when walking. Take a Lyft or Uber if it's late and you are walking far.
Local July 6, 2017
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Hi, I recommend to try to not walk around the downtown area. There is a neighborhood called Tenderloin which you should stay away from. The rest of the city is pretty safe. The safest neighborhoods are the Marina, pacific heights, Richmond, sunset, mainly west of downtown.
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Local July 6, 2017
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