I don't think people fully understand how dangerous San Francisco can be. People look at it as a tourist destination, a Disneyland of sorts. Well, there are a lot of things you need to be careful about when you visit San Francisco. Case in point:
Each blue dot in this picture represents a registered sex offender. This is a screen grab from the Megan's law database. As you can see, they are prety much everywhere. According to to the state, there are 826 registered Sex Offenders in the city of San Francisco in the city alone. Note that the state has complete addresses and for 582 registered sexual offenders. The others are there too....somewhere.
To put that in perspective, that is about the number of city buses and trolleys in San Francisco. Think about that the next time you are walking on Market Street. People wonder why tourism is down in the city and why conventions are going elsewhere. Perhaps it is because the city elders care about and focus more on wars in faraway lands than about their tax base.
Of course, some people think we should look at the big picture instead. To which I say: "Good idea. Let's look at the bigger picture."
Note: Visiting Union Square or Market Street? Check out Part I of this series looking at those areas and the Tenderloin.