Golden Gate Park - Beware - Doc Miles Photography Tours San Francisco

February 07, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

As a tour guide and professional photographer, I have clients from all over the world at Doc Miles Photography Tours.   http://www.docmilesphotography.com/sf-tours   One place I do not take them is Golden Gate Park. Believe me it is a beautiful park and the largest urban park in the USA. It has museums, Bison, lakes and much more. Why won't I take photographers there? It is  not a safe place. 

I recently had a client who took his wife and young daughter there and had his rental car broken into and all his photo gear stolen two days before the tour with me. After a day of recovering from the shock, we agreed to go on the tour anyway and use my gear.

Unfortunately this is not an isolated incident. There is a restaurant at the ocean end of the park where people can dine and look over the beach. At least once a week, someone has their car broken into and valuables stolen right in front of the private parking lot below the dining room. Here is the thing. Unfortunately Golden Gate Park is full of homeless encampments and transients. The thieves hide in the bushes near parked cars, dash out, break the window and snatch and grab valuables.

Trying to get something done by the Golden Gate Park Police is nearly impossible. They are grossly understaffed and spread too thin. The SFPD tries to do their part, but there are advocates that prevent any results of preventing the encampments and subsequent crime. 

I am not saying "Don't go to the park", but take the bus and keep your valuables on your person. It is a truly great place to visit, but be very careful with your belongings.

Hopefully, one day, the city will deal with this problem and clean up the park of this blight for all to enjoy. 


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