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Safety: How to Ensure Your Personal Security

If you are involved in or witness a crime, accident or suspicious incident, call 911. For cellphone users, the San Francisco Police Department direct emergency number is 415.553.8090.

Personal safety tips

  • Plan your route/day: carry only the things you need and could afford to lose.
  • Be aware and be alert of your surroundings.
  • Walk with confidence and in well-lit areas.
  • When approached by strangers, keep an arm's length distance, if possible.
  • If confronted, yell "help" or use a whistle or shriek alarm to make some noise.
  • Keep your valuables concealed on your person, i.e., use a money belt, fanny pack or inside pocket.

Vehicle safety tips

  • Never leave any personal items inside a vehicle.
  • Make sure the windows are up and the doors are locked.
  • Removable stereos and CD players should never be left in a vehicle.
  • Use an anti-theft device like an alarm system.
  • Park your vehicle in well-lit areas.
  • If you have a garage, use it to park your vehicle inside.
  • Be aware! Look out your window to check for suspicious activity.
  • Call the police at once if you see someone tampering with a vehicle.
  • Report all break-ins to the Security & SFPD