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June 7, 2018

Tips for Tourists

Welcome! San Francisco is known for its diversity and friendliness. Easily walkable, the city’s 47 square miles offer countless attractions and experiences. Nevertheless, like any urban destination worldwide, the city faces challenges with unhealthy street behavior and safety concerns.

Significant resources are being dedicated to address both of these issues. To ensure safer travels not only here, but anywhere you may visit, we offer some suggestions and resources below.

Be Smart, Be Safe

Follow these tips for a safe visit:

  • Keep your eyes up, your ears open, and your phone down when exploring San Francisco. This will lower the chance of theft and keep you safer on San Francisco’s busy streets.
  • Use your instincts when exploring. Make sure you know where you’re going before you head out and, if possible, travel with a friend.
  • Do your part to prevent a car break-in. Always lock your car and keep anything out of sight. If you love it, don’t leave it. 
  • San Franciscans are knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly. We encourage visitors to ask shopkeepers, hotel staff, or police officers for assistance.

How You Can Help

Call 311* to:

  • Report unsanitary street conditions.
  • Request assistance for someone in need of non-emergency services.
  • Report a crime that has already happened.

Call 911* to:

  • Report a crime in progress.
  • Report an emergency situation.
  • Request help for someone having a medical or psychiatric emergency.

For visitors with phone numbers outside San Francisco’s 415 area code, dial 415.701.2311 or use the SF311 mobile app.

We appreciate those visitors who report on these matters. You're helping us make San Francisco a better place for everyone to visit and to live.

How You Can Give Back

There are numerous charitable organizations in San Francisco that work with the City to address homelessness and its associated issues, including:

Organizations with Group Volunteer Opportunities:

Serve a meal with:
Episcopal Community Services
Glide Memorial
St. Anthony's
St. Vincent de Paul Society
Swords to Ploughshares

Donate and assemble toiletries with:
Larkin Street Youth Services 
Hamilton Families

Commit to a community day of service with:
Lava Mae
Project Homeless Connect

Sort produce and pack meals with:
SF Marin Food Bank

Reunite families with:
Miracle Messages

Organizations for Fundraising Opportunities:

Support famillies, aging adults, and youth:
Catholic Charities
Homeless Prenatal Program

Help individuals gain job skills with:
Goodwill

Support low-income housing:
Compass Family Services
Community Housing Partnership
Mercy Housing
Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation

Help fight poverty in the Bay Area:
Tipping Point Community

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