I think the important message here is that the *News* is not a good guide of what is safe or not safe.
I live in San Francisco
. It's a big city and we have crime here (who doesn't?) But it isn't known as a big crime spot as far as cities go. Lots of folk travel here from around the world. In general I think most people view San Francisco
as a *safe* destination
Last week a young friend of mine waiting at a bus stop was jumped by a group of gangbangers. His mother, my dear friend, was appalled that her son had been caught up in such violence. She is from Ohio
, and while she has been a city dweller for many years, and raised her son here, she still has pretty rural roots. I pointed out to her that while he had not
been wearing gang colours, his all black apparel, oversized jeans sans belt, huge T and hoodie with a baseball cap, made him *LOOK* like he should be of interest to the gang members. That while she is about as white as it is possible to be (talk about investing into the sunscreen industry) her son, who was adopted from Guatemala
, does not. Hence the hassle and subsequent scare.
Does that make me feel less safe? Nope. Does that make San Francisco less safe? Nope. Could that be spun by the press to scaere people coming to visit the City? Yep.
It reminded me of a dive master's advice about scuba-diving around the Farallon Islands. His suggestion? Don't dress up like shark's favorite food
and go swim where the sharks hang out.
Don't dress up like a seal and go swimming with sharks. Where ever you are.