2019 Outback, 2014 Forester
I wasn't talking about not locking your doors on a trip even though I think that giving someone that advice is a bad, bad idea especially in touristy areas. I mean why even take the chance? I was talking about crime in SF.I've lived in SF for a decade and unless you're in very specific neighborhoods you don't want to be in anyway, this isn't true. Driving over the GG Bridge is spectacular, as are the Marin Headlands on the north side of the bridge. You can be in the forests of Marin, drive over GG Bridge, stay on the Great Highway next to the beach, and cruise straight to Santa Cruz/Carmel/Monterey/Big Sur and the ONLY traffic you'll hit is in Half Moon Bay, a sleepy coastal town 30 miles south of SF. I've never had my car broken into. I've never experienced crime. We don't even lock our back door half the time on trips.
As to crime in SF- well, I understand that you live there but the city is not foreign to me as I have family there and go there at least once a year. While they may not live in the toniest of neighborhoods they do live in pretty nice ones- Bernal Heights and Noe Valley. Everyone makes it a point to emphasize that you should never leave valuables unattended in the car. We were just in SF last month and stayed a few blocks from Madam Speaker Nancy Pelosi's home in Pacific Heights and we were cautioned just the same.
I'm not bagging on your town because I would give the same advice to anyone visiting any urban area these days. Drugs, crime, homelessness and squalor are evident everywhere now. Sorry to sound so negative but these are facts.