Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM
Unsafe areas are generally far away from any tourist attractions and have little to no interest for visitors. Most crime occurs between individuals who know each other or in high crime-ridden areas of the city. We recommend you take normal safety precautions and exercise common sense as you would in any other major city. Watch out for pickpockets in tourist areas and protect your valuables.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM
Pickpocket and bag and purse snatching are common in tourist locations and public transportation. Remain vigilant for thieves that use different strategies to rob you.
MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM
Muggings are the crime for tourists to be concerned with. Though most victims are not physically injured, criminals usually do not hesitate to use force if the target does not cooperate; in case of being robbed, do not resist and hand over your valuables.
SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM
As in any touristic place, there may be people trying to scam you. Homeless people can be aggressive towards you if you don’t hand them money. Be aware of “gold ring” tricks, fake petitions, groups of teenagers acting strangely or trying to distract you. Credit card scams are also common. Never leave your card out of sight, and withdraw money from reputable banks or hotels.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM
BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) is reliable and safe. At a reasonable price, you can travel between San Francisco, Berkeley, and Oakland. Once you are on the platform, be sure of where you want to go. The bus system, however, can leave you waiting for a while. If you are driving, take note that autos are often broken into, so don’t leave valuables in your car.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
There can be some occasional earthquakes and floods.
TERRORISM RISK : LOW
Terrorist attacks are unlikely. However, they cannot be ruled out. Remain vigilant and take advice from authorities, hotels and tour operators.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Many women travel safely without any issues.