San Francisco unveils new safety plan as tourism returns – NBC Bay Area
After a year where COVID-19 and bad crime press wreaked havoc on tourism, San Francisco is fighting back.
As tourism resurfaces, San Francisco Mayor London Breed and the San Francisco Police Department have announced a new plan in hopes of keeping residents and tourists safe.
The San Francisco Police Department’s Tourism Deployment Plan “will provide high visibility and welcome support to an economic sector that is vitally important to San Francisco as travelers around the world emerge from COVID-19 lockdowns “, Explained a statement.
Mayor Breed said tourism has always been a “powerhouse” to the city’s economy and having one of the highest vaccination rates in the country will help reopen the city and welcome people. tourists from all over the world after a difficult year.
“We have some work to do to make sure that when people come to San Francisco and they visit our museums and they do their shopping and they go to our restaurants and that they go to see Hamilton at the Orpheum, they feel safe, ”she said at a press conference. press conference.
As part of the new plan, San Francisco will make sure it has a “community policing strategy” at hand and will have more police officers freeing some of the city’s most visited areas like Union Square, Chinatown, Powell Street, Fisherman’s Quai, Haight Street, Golden Gate Park and more.
Some business owners believe that this approach can also protect them from theft and assault.
Karl Stuebe, co-owner of Home Coffee Roasters in Chinatown, said there were times when “people coming here would throw stuff at us, hot water, steal stuff from us, it was very difficult” .
He believes more police will keep criminals away and attract more customers.
“We want to prevent these crimes from happening, we want the people who commit these crimes to know that we are here,” said San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott, “know that we are not going to tolerate this. nonsense, and we’ll catch you. “