San Francisco is one of the safest cities in the US to visit. Violent crime against tourists is virtually unheard of and the main areas of the city that are worth seeing (Union Square, Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf, Golden Gate Park, Castro) enjoy minimal crime rates-however that’s not to say petty thefts such as pick pockets or the lifting of an unattended purse don’t happen. Men should wear wallets in front pockets and women always hold to purses.
Be alert in crowds
The areas that draw the highest crowds are Union Square and Fisherman’s Wharf. Those visiting Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39 should be especially careful as street performers in these areas are a dime a dozen. Often people stand in close proximity to each other in half circle cluster observing the performance. These are the areas pick pockets prey on-the unsuspecting who’s lost their focus on a purse or wallet in lieu of the action. Be aware of sudden shoves or movements in these situations.
The Tenderloin is one of San Francisco’s roughest neighborhoods. Stay away from this area at all costs. For years this area of San Francisco has been a low income zone. Violent robberies and murder can be a frequent occurrence in this area of the city. The Tenderloin is fairly close to Union Square (about ten minute walk) so its worthy to be aware and avoid an accidental pass through. The main streets that encompass the north by Geary Street, on the east by Mason Street, on the south by Market Street and on the west by Van Ness Avenue. The Tenderloin is also home to several adult movie theatres and housing projects.
San Francisco unfortunately has one of the bigger homeless issues of any large city in North America. For the most part they are harmless. The situation is worth a mention because many visitors to San Francisco are often astounded by how many of them there are. The homeless issue has been a part of the San Francisco landscape for decades. If inclined to help, fill free to drop a buck or two and keep moving. Very rarely do they become aggressive but if encountering such a situation best advice is to walk brisk and with air of confidence and the situation will pass.