I am glad I visited SF many years ago wont visit now

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'Inside Edition' crew gets robbed while reporting on San Francisco Bay Area crime

By Nicole Darrah| Fox News
An "Inside Edition" crew who baited "smash and grab" thieves to reported on robberies in California's San Francisco Bay Area were the victims of a true robbery, and had thousands of dollars worth of equipment stolen. (YouTube/Inside Edition)
An "Inside Edition" crew who baited "smash and grab" thieves in California's San Francisco Bay Area were the victims of a true robbery — resulting in the loss of thousands of dollars worth of equipment.
In an effort to report on rampant robberies in the area, "Inside Edition" employees filmed themselves planting GPS trackers inside items that were placed in a car parked in an area well-known for theft.

The trackers were placed inside of a $250 speaker and a purse just before reporter Lisa Guerrero explains "for [their] last trick," they also placed video cameras throughout the car in the event the products get stolen.


Sure enough, two people were soon spotted robbing the vehicle. A man was seen in the segment smashing open the car's back window, pulling out the handbag and throwing it to a woman sitting nearby before removing the speaker.

According to a man whose surveillance footage caught the incident, he said "it all lasted maybe 20 seconds."
The "Inside Edition" crew then tracked down the speaker and confronted the duo as they walked into a train station.
"You've got my speaker right there, you just broke into our car," Guerrero says, telling the man they've "got it on camera."
While the man tries to shy away from the cameraperson, and, at one point even pushing the camera down, the reporter informs him "five million people are going to see [him] steal that." Refusing to give it back, the man says he's going to call his mother — an offer Guerrero encourages.
"Inside Edition" said the man eventually left the speaker, and they later moved on to track the stolen purse, which was found in a garbage can.
While the crew was interviewing the man captured on camera in the initial theft, their actual crew car was broken into via the "smash and grab" method, leaving "thousands of dollars worth of equipment" stolen.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, more than 31,000 people reported "smash and grab" robberies in the city in 2017 alone
 

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I could do the same type of sting in OKC or Tulsa, or Dallas or Ft Worth or or or or.
BUT
This past weekend my wife and I started our day on the Haight for Memphis Minnies BBQ, then to Baker Beach, walked to the Golden Gate Bridge then over to the Palace of Fine Arts and finally we took a taxi back to the embarcadero where we dined at Hogg Island Oyster Company before catching a ferry back to Jack London Square to drive home.
That you can't do in any of the places previously mentioned.

You go to the city, you watch your surroundings, if you feel uncomfortable just move to a different area and like most anywhere don't flash cash and jewelry, you'll be fine, there are 0 reasons to not visit SF, it's a great place to visit. There are areas you shouldn't go and times that aren't the best but it's that way everywhere and besides we now have our own sh&t app, actually we have 2:), that allows you to avoid the 'actual' sh%t on the streets.

There are many reasons not to want to live in Ca and specifically SF but that's different.
 

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Apparently they primarily target obvious tourists because they won't stick around to testify against them.
People are giving these thieves / thugs way too much credit, they don't think, they steal and they steal based on what is out in the open whether it's a person looking at their phone or leaving a camera in the front seat. When they target, they tend to target foreign tourists (primarily european tourists), there was a warning put out a couple months back (as there is most every year), August / September are the worst months, we get a lot of euro's over here because that is a major vacation period and they love SF.
This is not the first time something like this has happened, when they were reporting on the Pleasanton girl's murder by the illegal alien the news crew was robbed of a $30k camera and in that case one of the crew was pistol whipped as well.
Keep your eyes open

Don't let this type of, non, news keep you from one of the best vacations you can imagine, there is so much available to you within the city and then an hour north or south that you can't go wrong.
 
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August 9th 2015 - Sfgate/San Jose Mercury News
News crews from two television stations were robbed of cameras Thursday morning, and a camera operator was pistol-whipped by a man in a ski mask, as they reported on a homicide at Pier 14 in San Francisco.

The mugging — the latest in the Bay Area to target television crews — happened at 6:03 a.m. at the pier along the Embarcadero and was captured in part on the air.
KTVU reporter Cara Liu was reporting live when someone ran up and stole camera equipment belonging to KNTV, which also had a crew on the scene. During the incident, KNTV camera operator Alan Waples was pistol-whipped.
KTVU anchor Brian Flores was introducing the story and preparing to go live to Liu when she appeared startled and said, “Hold on, hold on, wait,” before disappearing from the screen, as KNTV reporter Kris Sanchez and Waples, 54, were being robbed at gunpoint.

The assailant, one of three men who took part in the attack, came up behind Waples, who was was adjusting Sanchez’s lighting, and put a gun to his head.

“Don’t shoot! Don’t shoot!” Sanchez yelled.

Waples said, “Take the camera!”

He recalled later that he was waiting for the click of the gun.

“I thought he was going to kill Alan,” Sanchez said.

The man then threw Waples to the ground and hit him with the gun in the ear, causing a large gash and leaving a big bruise on his upper arm.

All of this unfolded quickly as KTVU was broadcasting live, although the incident wasn’t audible.

As sad as this sounds, it’s not that unusual
 

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To be clear, where you vacation and spend your money is your choice. What I’m pointing out is that being afraid of being robbed because you’re an idiot (leaving valuables in your car aae) is a stupid reason to not go somewhere.