Street Smart Safety Tips for San Francisco's Reopening

What’s that you suddenly see on the street? PEOPLE! As San Francisco makes progress in the fight against COVID-19 and moves to less restrictive tiers, more and more people will be returning to their offices, restaurants, stores and other places. As our streets get busier, SF SAFE is cautioning community members to be aware of their surroundings and to watch out for pedestrians and vehicles.

As everyone gets used to being out and about in the city again, here are some street smart safety tips to keep in mind:

-Walk with confidence and purpose. Most victims are targeted because they are distracted and not paying attention to their surroundings.

-When out on the street, be ALERT and AWARE at all times. Make good eye contact with the people around you so they know you’re paying attention.

-Digital music devices and cell phones are frequent targets of thieves and robbers. Avoid wearing headphones and earbuds, as they greatly reduce your ability to hear the outside world and distract you from potential danger.

-Limit your valuables by carrying only what you need when you go out. If you must bring your laptop, carry it in a non-descript bag.

-Don’t wear your handbag or other bag across your body; rather, carry it under your arm and release it if it’s grabbed.

-If riding on public transportation, have your money or your Fast Pass ready in your hand. Don’t fumble with your wallet, as you might draw the attention of a pickpocket.

-Be mindful when riding on the MUNI bus that most robberies occur when the bus stops and thieves typically target the people seated by the back doors for a quick getaway.

-Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable or threatened by another person, seek help immediately. Carrying a whistle is an excellent choice in case you ever need to call attention to yourself.

“San Franciscans should be extremely proud of the progress they’ve collectively made in combating the COVID-19 virus and stopping its spread,” said SF SAFE Executive Director Kyra Worthy. “However, as we emerge from our residences, it’s important to be mindful of our street safety smarts, as well as to continue wearing our masks and practicing social distancing so we don’t reverse course.”