I hate to say it, but the title of this post is kinda of misleading. It’s actually a bit of a trick question.
Well, everyone has a different idea of what makes a neighborhood “safe.” Frankly, each person has a different tolerance to risk.
I live in the Outer Sunset where we seem have a higher than average amount of auto break-ins and thefts and grafitti tends to be fairly common (my fence AND my garbage can got tagged recently) but I still tend to consider it a “safe” neighborhood. Other neighborhoods have higher rates of drug dealing or prostitution. Others, still, have a high rate of murders and homicides.
What YOU consider to be a safe neighborhood depends primarily on your personal aversion to risk. Your standard of safety is not necessarily my standard of safety. (Though I’d be so bold as to go out on a limb and say that most people feel less safe in areas with high murder rates.)
But that doesn’t mean that you need to jeopardize your safety by wandering the streets at night looking for crime.
To find out about crime in SF, you need only look as far as your computer!
You can easily find statistics about San Francisco crime by pointing, clicking and filling out some parameters.
SF Crime Maps is a site that’s hosted by our very own sfgov.org. To use the site, check out the various FAQ’s and then scroll down to the bottom of the page and click “I Agree.” From there, click the crimes you want to search for (you’ll notice homicides are conspicuously missing from the list!) and select the area parameters. You can search up to the last 90 days.
San Francisco Crime Blog picks up where SF Crime Maps leaves off. The SF Crime Blog covers a variety of crimes in the blog section but really focuses on the murders that have occurred in SF. In addition to a countdown of the homicides that have occurred, you’ll find a map that details those homicides for 2007 and 2008.
Once you have access to statistics, you can make your own decisions whether the neighborhood you want to live in is safe enough for you.