The San Francisco Police Department wants YOU! to use common sense this Halloween.
And when they say common sense, they mean it.
In a shout out to the press from Officer Carlos Manfredi, he says the public should “use sidewalks” and “reduce the risk of trips and falls [by avoiding] masks or costumes that limit your vision.”
All jokes aside — they, alas, did not include any ghoulish asides in their press release — officers will be out in full-force this Halloween, and then some.
That means increased patrol in the Marina district on Avila Street between Chestnut and Francisco streets, where trick-or-treating children are expected to be out in droves.
As for the Castro, The City’s usual trouble spot for feisty revelers, police reminded citizens that there is no city sanctioned event in that area. That hasn’t been the case since 2006 when ten people were shot, solidifying the end of an annual Halloween bash in the streets of that district.
Four years before, The City took over the event after a crowd of some 500,000 revelers took over the streets and violence ensued: in 2002 there were five stabbings, numerous assaults and one confiscated chainsaw.
“If you celebrate, please do so responsibly,” said Manfredi.
This year, police want decadent party-goers to hop onto public transit, into taxis or ridesharing vehicles and to not “drink and drive!”
Police also said it’s illegal to walk around with an open beer or other booze — no matter the brown bag.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
People in San Francisco's various neighborhoods walked the streets in full costume in anticipation of Halloween. (Connor Hunt/ Special to SF Examiner)
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