Is Hayes Valley a safe place for a young woman to live alone?

Asked by Trulia San Francisco, San Francisco, CA Tue Jan 22, 2013

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Alison Hillm…, , San Francisco, CA
Wed Jan 23, 2013
I agree with Helen Yuen. I do think it's fine, but be aware of your surroundings (especially at night). The 47 and 49 bus lines run often making the area a bit transient with people coming and going. I would recommend not flashing iPhones etc as that draws more attention to yourself.
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Helen Yuen, Agent, Oakland Ca 94605, CA
Tue Jan 22, 2013
It can be a safe place to live if these pre-caution tips are taken seriously:

The top preventative measure is situational awareness.
Stick to well-lit paths and try not to walk around with your iPhone or iPad out, especially at night. Even though other items are being stolen, those are the top two mentioned in police reports.

If you’re concerned about this topic - There will be a Public Safety Meeting at the Korean American Center (745 Buchanan) for this neighborhood.
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George Langf…, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Thu Feb 6, 2014
As agents we are not legally suppose to say if a neighborhood is safe or not. But there are some fantastic tools that you can utilize to determine if the neighborhood is a fit for you or not. Trulia has a great crime map that you can put in an address and see activity in specific areas. You can also inquire at local police stations as well. A great way to determine if a neighborhood is a desirable place for you to call home, is to go at different time of the day and week. Dive/walk during the day, night, weekends (great way to gauge parking) and so fourth. Hope this helps and happy house hunting!

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Bev West, Agent, Greeley, CO
Fri Jan 31, 2014
I highly recommend visiting the local police department. They have all the stats for different types of crime for each area. What you consider safe might mean something different to someone else. Need to do your own homework no matter where you live and make that decision on your own information.
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Jason Walter, Agent, Sacramento, CA
Mon Jan 27, 2014
Everyone has there own definition of safe. Anyone interested in learning more about reported crimes in an area could visit
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mauriziofran…, , 94102
Sun Jan 26, 2014
Yes, Hayes Valley is quite safe for everyone (with the due precautions mentioned by other contributors), and it's going to become even safer thanks to the new developments (mostly luxury condos) popping up as mushrooms everywhere in and around the neighborhood. Long gone are the days when the area was teeming with pushers and crack houses. Some blocks are better avoided, especially at night - but those are primarily on the border with the Western Addition, or along the Market St corridor, still a bit sketchy close to Van Ness.
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