The Singapore Consulate-General wishes everyone safe holidays! Here are some tips that will help keep you and your loved ones safe while travelling in San Francisco. According to news reports, smash-and-grab car break-ins have reached epidemic levels in San Francisco in recent times (see for more information).

To be prepared:

  • Ensure that travel documents and valuable possessions are not on public display or left unattended in vehicles (especially rental vehicles), even if it is only for a short while. This is particularly so for popular tourist destinations and shopping areas (e.g. outlet malls). Consider moving your vehicle to a different location each time you load packages in the trunk. Try to use parking lots where there are parking attendants.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings. Stay alert when using electronic devices. 
  • Keep your wallet in a hard-to-reach place and carry only the cash and credit cards that you will need to complete your shopping.
  • If someone demands your purse, wallet, or packages, surrender them, make note of the suspect’s description and direction they flee and call 911. Items can be replaced.
  • Shop with a companion, especially after dark, whenever possible.

View the Safe Shopper Video released by the San Francisco Police Department at


For more tips on personal and vehicle safety, please visit San Francisco Safety Awareness for Everyone (SAFE) at


Infographic: SFSAFE

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