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1. Posted by chrisavfc (Full Member 104 posts) 11y

ive heard san fran is packed full of tramps

is this true and is it a problem?

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

I didn't notice any when I was there...and doubt it's any worse than most other major cities... where did you hear this?

3. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Hey Chris - I think it all depends on your definition of tramp actually. If you are using that term to describe (what we define as) homeless people - then yes, San Francisco does have it's share. And, no it will not be a problem for you. If you mean the equivalent of pick-pockets, purse-snatchers and such, they are there also. But, as in London, Rome, Paris, New York and any other large metropolitan city, the use of common sense is your first line of defense.

Simple things such as not placing your wallet and cash in your back pockets, and avoiding areas that are known to be a problem or just don't look inviting to you as a visitor will help immensely. The other common suggestions: don't flash your cash, avoid wearing lots of jewelry, be aware of your surroundings. If you live in or have visited London and been all right - then you should have no problem with San Francisco. Keep your eyes open and have a great time.

4. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Hi Chris,

I saw a lot of homeless people when I was there. The thing that struck as being different from home was that they tried to do something to earn any money they would get from people, like perform a magic trick, or I remember a little old lady who would let you pet her kittens for a dollar. Another guy played the mouth organ. So, you wouldnt exactly see them as beggars, they were more like street theatre, which I thought was quite cool. It seemed like their way of keeping their dignity or something.

There were a lot definitely, but they only added to the San Fransisco experience, in my opinion. :)

5. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 11y

Well, it's sad but true that there are quite a few homeless in San Francisco. The major areas to avoid if you don't want to attract too many homeless would be Market Street, Mission Street, and Folsom Street from 6th street down to around 10th street, and Turk and Golden Gate Streets from Market over to Polk Street.

Generally, the homeless are kept out of the hotel district, shopping districts, and financial districts. You might find one or two near Fisherman's Wharf, but that's about it. They really are quite harmless--and they just are looking for whatever help they can find. (which seems only reasonable considering their situation).

6. Posted by erasmus (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y

I just got back from UC berkeley were I have studied for a year the situation is pretty safe the only place that you want to avoid is Oackland just after the bay bridge and then the situation about tramps is eveb worst in Berkeley along telegraph....

7. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

This sounds so stupid...but in the Upper Peninsula we have no homeless. I have a feeling it is weather related. We hardly have crime here either (again, I believe it is weather-related) ;)

8. Posted by cnunn100 (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

I was in san francisco last summer and although there was a large number of homeless people, one thing I noticed was that they don't bother you. Unlike places such as Washington DC where they seemed to make a point of following you down the street, in san fran they tend to just sit there with signs.