Community, Business, and Personal Safety
San Francisco Safety Awareness for Everyone (SF SAFE) is a non-profit organization that provides numerous free services to make our lives safer. They work with residents to set up Neighborhood Watch groups; meet with individual merchants, homeowners, and renters to conduct safety assessments of businesses and homes; and present at community meetings on personal safety topics.
City College of San Francisco offers self-defense classes each semester for free or low-cost.
The San Francisco Police Department offers a free series of classes for people 15 and older who live, work, or attend school in San Francisco and are interested in learning about community policing or developing a stronger working relationship with the SFPD.
Are you or someone you love being abused? The Domestic Violence Consortium provides a list of resources to get help.
The Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) Training Program through the San Francisco Fire Department provides free training in disaster and emergency response and personal preparedness. Adequate rescue and city services may not be in place for the first 72 hours following a major earthquake or other disaster; therefore community resilience is dependent on the proper training beforehand. Get ready by attending NERT classes!
Auxiliary Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) is a disaster preparedness program conducted by the San Francisco Police Department designed for NERT graduates 16 and older who live, work, or attend school in San Francisco. The training will prepare civilians to assist with essential functions during major disasters.
This is a free notification service for San Francisco residents, workers, and students that will submit text alerts to people's wireless devices regarding emergencies such as tsunamis, bomb threats, flooding, major fires, street closures, etc. It is currently English only.
The San Francisco Red Cross offers classes for both youth and adults in CPR and First Aid, Community Preparedness, Aquatics, Babysitter Training and more. There are fees for each session.
SFBC offers free classes and other resources on biking safety in the city and can help you get bike parking for your business.
Walk SF advocates for pedestrian safety and public space improvements to create a more enjoyable walking experience. Walk SF has championed Vision Zero, a policy goal to reduce roadway fatalities for all road users, especially the most vulnerable.
If speeding is a problem on your residential street, you may be able to apply to the SFMTA for traffic calming. Improvements may include speed humps, chicanes, or traffic circles. Signatures of support from twenty of your neighbors are required.
Numbers to Know
SF Police Non-Emergency
SF Emergency from cell phones
Most 9-1-1 calls made from your cell phone are connected first to the CA Highway Patrol. The above number will call the 9-1-1 dispatch directly.
SF Customer Service 3-1-1
Report all city service needs, such as graffiti, potholes, broken street lamps, uneven sidewalk, damage to a bus stop, and other hazards.
SF Parking Enforcement
Call for violations including: parking in crosswalks, bus stops, medians, or on sidewalks; blocked driveways, and abandoned vehicles.
Ingleside Police Station Anonymous Tip Line
CA Poison Control Center
Call for suspected gas leaks or downed power lines.
PG&E Power Outages
CA Domestic Violence Hotline (Adult): 1-877-503-1850
CA Domestic Violence Hotline (Teen): 1-877-923-0700
Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255