Crime in San Francisco, CA, United States

Crime rates in San Francisco, CA, United States

Level of crime
63.87 High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
70.34 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
50.61 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
52.71 Moderate
Worries car stolen
51.02 Moderate
Worries things from car stolen
73.47 High
Worries attacked
51.61 Moderate
Worries being insulted
62.24 High
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
31.28 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
74.48 High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
72.28 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
53.31 Moderate
Problem corruption and bribery
42.02 Moderate

Safety in San Francisco, CA, United States

Safety walking alone during daylight
69.20 High
Safety walking alone during night
38.31 Low

Contributors: 250

Last update: July 2021

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
SFer on Jun 19, 2021:
Lived in SF 20 years. Entire adult life. All my 20’s spent going out (often until 3am in the Mission) spent time living in many neighborhoods. Now in 2021 its a rich techy playground.

Yes, there are a crazy number of car break-ins. Vandalism. And HUGE homeless population. But you dont need a car there. And well, avoid the homeless camps! Its sad, yes, they are everywhere now, but if you ignore them, dont engage, they dont bug you. Be street smart. You can see/smell the homeless from a mile away. I never found them to be aggressive with me.

Its a city... and you need to have common sense (like no dont hang out in Bayview/Hunters Point, or under freeway underpass unless you are seeking out crack dealers) Certain parts of Tenderloin, Civic center, & Outer Mission are to be avoided. But overall, Ive never felt unsafe or in danger. And Im female.

Ive also lived in Bangkok & Paris. Honestly Paris feels much more unsafe as a woman. With the illegal Arab/immigrant gangs & kid pickpockets everywhere. You must have steel security doors because the number of break-ins. The Metro is ridiculous with pickpockets, even for locals (and police there wont help you!! ) In August, everyone gets their house robbed. Yeah, there arent even guns in France like the US but i feel so much safer in SF.
Anonymous on Oct 06, 2020:
If you go to the mission district at night or in the evening, you are asking for trouble. As what an anon said 3 years ago, avoid the homeless. At night, it is best to stay inside.
Anonymous on Feb 08, 2020:
@Neil Parker Jr
I never went into the city but as a Canadian (Montrealer), I read the news that Toronto might be the next San Francisco because of the widening gap between the rich and the poor, especially that the former is raising its ranks among the global tech hub.
Neil Parker Jr on Oct 21, 2019:
Though I never been to this city, but why is the crime in this city increasing right now?
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.