A video was released by the San Francisco Police Department, Mayor Ed Lee and the SFMTA on Thursday, urging shoppers to support local San Francisco businesses, but to be safe while doing so.
“There’s no place as special as San Francisco when it comes to the holiday season and finding one-of-a-kind holiday gifts,” said Mayor Ed Lee. “And there are a few common sense guidelines everyone should follow to get their holiday shopping done safely and get those special gifts home to their loved ones.”
“Stay alert- it’s easy to get distracted while you’re on the phone and have an armful of packages,” said interim Police Chief Chaplin. “The San Francisco Police Department will have increased foot patrols, plainclothes officers and mounted units out in shopping areas to help deter crime this holiday season.”
Holiday shopping safety tips from SFPD include staying alert while using electronic devices, being aware of one’s surroundings, holding keys in your hand as you approach your vehicle, and surrendering belongings if a robbery occurs.