Crime in San Francisco, CA, United States

Crime rates in San Francisco, CA, United States

Level of crime
67.49 High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
73.98 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
53.17 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
55.59 Moderate
Worries car stolen
54.02 Moderate
Worries things from car stolen
76.55 High
Worries attacked
54.66 Moderate
Worries being insulted
64.12 High
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
35.26 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
77.53 High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
74.91 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
57.29 Moderate
Problem corruption and bribery
47.05 Moderate

Safety in San Francisco, CA, United States

Safety walking alone during daylight
64.70 High
Safety walking alone during night
34.69 Low

Contributors: 296

Last update: August 2022

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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8 Comments so far
FogBelt Baby on Jun 05, 2022:
I was raised in Palo Alto and moved to the Richmond district in 1979 right after college. (I also lived in Los Angeles for 3 years and earned my graduate degree in Dublin, Ireland, from 1993-96). this is a very "middle-class" quiet, area of families on the west side, near Golden Gate Park and the ocean. My friends said it was "boring" -- it is the FOGGY side of town. But I lived here as a single woman--most of the time I lived alone -- until 2015, when I married at age 58. I ran in Golden Gate Park and the Presidio, ran and walked at Ocean and Baker beaches, went to concerts and clubs, movies, restaurants -- often alone. I wasn't stupid -- at night, I never carried a purse (which is what thieves target), didn't wear high heels or dress to get sexual attention that I didn't seek. I never had a problem -- having said that, I'm 5'10" and fit and I suppose there are easier "marks." I have loved my neighborhood, still run in GGPark 5 or 6 days a week -- but now that I can work remotely, I have only gone downtown 3x in the last 2.5 years. It is SICKENING. It BREAKS MY HEART -- my gorgeous city! Homeless encampments all over the MAIN business street of the city, clearly mentally ill people, drug addicts everywhere. Even in my sweet, safe (boring!) neighborhood, for the first time in my life (and I've been here 43 years!) I am starting to feel a bit...uncomfortable. TOO MANY crazy people everywhere. We seem to be being held hostage by our tradition of tolerance, which i have loved all my life. But the people who pay the taxes and make this city work are now having our lives totally ruined by this! I don't know what the answer is -- but I tell people who want to come on vacation, not to. Our city depends on tourism and conventions -- but I would NOT recommend friends or family to spend their money -- and this city is EXPENSIVE -- to come here at this time.
Anonymous on Dec 25, 2021:
leftist run cities wont take care of their own

so they pit people against people

race against race

to further their chinesevirus takover
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.