Crime in San Francisco, CA, United States

Crime rates in San Francisco, CA, United States

Level of crime
58.33 Moderate
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
64.69 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
45.74 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
47.35 Moderate
Worries car stolen
46.16 Moderate
Worries things from car stolen
68.57 High
Worries attacked
45.95 Moderate
Worries being insulted
59.13 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
26.68 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
69.83 High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
67.88 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
48.46 Moderate
Problem corruption and bribery
35.43 Low

Safety in San Francisco, CA, United States

Safety walking alone during daylight
71.79 High
Safety walking alone during night
41.99 Moderate

Contributors: 179

Last update: October 2019

These data are based on perceptions of visitors of this website in the past 3 years.

If the value is 0, it means it is perceived as very low, and if the value is 100, it means it is perceived as very high.

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10 Comments so far

#Anonymous on May 20, 2019 :
Lived in SF for almost a decade. I witnessed stabbings, witnessed rampant drug use, was mugged at gunpoint, was burglarized multiple times, witnessed car break-ins, the list of crime/danger I saw or experienced goes on and on.

You think I'm just unlucky? Hardly. Think any of that was in particularly bad neighborhoods? Nope, I always avoided those. My experience is what a relatively careful person who sticks to good neighborhoods experiences over a decade. So really, just the tip of the crime iceberg in this otherwise totally beautiful city.

In short. Beware. You are safe nowhere.
#Anonymous on Nov 16, 2018 :
Asian females of ethnic groups started to worry of the attack, rob and assault. Definitely not very safe if you not know well about the city.
#Anonymous on Apr 16, 2018 :
Crime infested city, police are not helpful. In half an hour of parking our car in Mission District during broad daylight our car was broken into and nobody did anything about it.
#Scott on Apr 07, 2018 :
Morning time I see people shooting up. Lunch time people trying to sell weed and crack. Night time. 100s of homeless blocking the streets. Some taking drugs others with knifes. Amazing city
Lol. This is worse than any major city I have seen in the world.
#Anonymous on Nov 26, 2017 :
SF is definitely not dangerous all you have to do is use common sense. oh and remember. STAY AWAY FROM THE HOMLESS GUYS!!!!!!!
#Anonymous on Nov 04, 2017 :
San Francisco is a major city, so there is crime. The main crime is car break in and cell phone stolen out of your hand. NEVER!!! leave ANYTHING!! in your car. NOTHING! not a bag, cell charger, back pack- even empty, NOTHING!!! the car window will be broken. NEVER engage the "homeless" in anyway. Don't give them money or talk to them or take a picture of them. There have been people attacked and killed for taking a picture or the homeless think you didn't give "enough money". Becareful at night and during the day. Some major hotels are in bad areas. Never walk around using your cell phone. Grabbing your cell phone/ mobile and running off is a big problem. Watch out for bicycle riders. Most don't stop for a red light and some people have been killed and injured from being hit by bicycle riders. To call the police or emergency the number is 911. The police/ EMT/ Rescue are very good. Most people are nice and helpful. The best time to visit is late Sept,Oct for better weather. Any other time, bring a sweater or jacket.
#Alyson H on May 10, 2017 :
In my option the pros are:
-Amazing restaurants, events,museums and cultural events in general
-Very multicultural
-Filled with organic grocery stores with high quality food, yum!
-beautiful buildings and decoration
-I'ts a very authentic city, each neighborhood is so special and different from one another.
-All kinds of interesting people making their dreams a reality
-liberal mindset towards political, social,economic and sexual issues
-There is many beaches and parks near. Hello ocean beach and muir woods :D
-Great transportation and very walk-able.

Mainly one, there is an incredible problem with drug addicts and homeless people, and I mean it.It's extremely sad and depressing, specially considering the amount of money that is produced in this city. On one side you have some of the wealthiest people in the world and then you have all this people puking,talking alone and asking for money with their anorexic dogs and children in the middle of the streets.Specially the Tenderloin. (Be aware)
#SFobi on Nov 10, 2016 :
I've lived in SF for 43 years.

Pros: Moderate weather, very few things like mosquitoes and cockroaches! Enormous amount and variety of restaurants, galleries, museums, music venues. Universities and cheap classes offered to the public abound. Great public transportation! Interesting people from all over the world visit and/or live here. The beach (not a warm, palms and cocktails kind) is right here, Golden Gate Park is a joy. A drive down the coast takes you to Santa Cruz, Carmel and points south. Northeast takes you to Yosemite and the Sierras. In SF itself, there's a lot of wonderful architecture, especially in neighborhoods (modern stuff is indistinguishable from any other city and therefore boring).

Cons: Horrific homeless problem, escalating crime. Astonishingly horrible rents. Residents who buy cars (unnecessary) and park them on the sidewalks. My neighborhood is entirely residential, single-story homes. There are usually 50 houses per block (that's both sides of street). The other day there were just over 100 cars on the sidewalks. These houses also have garages. And street parking. And these drivers are all angry and block other people's driveways. Yuck!
#SFer on Nov 09, 2016 :
I lived in SF all my life.

- laid back
- moderate weather

- many emotionally-driven idiots who fail to use logic live here.
- you have to remain vigilant. muggings are not rare.
- being downtown is unpleasant. LOTS of homeless people, litter, noisy and crowded streets/sidewalks. it's impossible to relax there. the homeless problem is huge.
- really, the only beautiful parts of SF are golden gate park, castro park, marina, and presidio. otherwise, the city's a dump.

The only places you want to avoid is market street, tenderloin, and bayview hunters point. The mission's getting better and more gentrified, but it's still gritty. SF used to have a much larger gang culture, but that's dying down pretty rapidly, so that's a plus.

but yeah, get me the hell out of this place.
#Eoin on Apr 23, 2016 :
I lived in San Francisco and let me tell you, it's the most interesting place I've ever lived. At one point I found myself in the Tenderloin district. Stay the hell away from there at night time. It's extremely dangerous.

Mission district, as #yayen alluded to is also dangerous. Muggings, beatings and small time gang activity usually occurs in broad daylight. Although you can find some cheap shops along the way there's not much else to see there.

As for the general living experience SF has everything. Absolutely amazing city. Of course the cost of living is expensive but if you have a decent job you will have the time of your damn life in that city. (I met a lovely girl there so my experience was pretty darn good).

It's a very laid back city. The atmosphere is good and there's always events on. Of course as with any city, be very aware of your surroundings. Small time thugs do operate around the city.

Transport is excellent. You have buses, the Bart, bike tracks and of course walking is going to be your least preferred option with all those hills. I ended up getting extremely physically fit while I was there with the sheer amount of walking I was doing!

Nightlife is GREAT! So many cool bars. Loads of nightclubs and live music venues. During the summer, both Delores park and the main golden gate park always hold expeditions/music events etc. Delores park is in a nice neighborhood with some good restaurants.

Grocery shopping: no Walmart but that's a good thing right? Lots of options. If you can afford to spend a bit more there are loads of Organic and fresh food options.

Education: Of course there are some good Uni's and colleges in the city and Berkely.

The city is small. It's not huge so easy enough to navigate!

My conclusion: Totally livable city with a great vibe!