Our priority is to keep Union Square safe. We are proud of our collaboration with businesses and law enforcement.
Security cameras are not a guarantee against crimes. The general public (visitors) and USBID members should be aware that a security officer is not watching the cameras most of the time and they should not have an expectation that they are under continuous surveillance when they are within the range of a camera. For example, if a visitor to the area or a USBID member has a crime committed against them, they should not expect someone necessarily to come to their rescue because they are in front of a camera and they should call 911 (emergency) or the SFPD immediately. The general public, USBID members, and visitors should also be aware that the video surveillance system has cameras that only cover a portion of the public space within the USBID and even when camera coverage exists, it may not provide the level of detail necessary to identify suspicious activity or identify criminals.
Over 350 security cameras are installed within the District.
Received a $1,200,000 grant funded by Silicon Valley Community Foundation and $400,000 from the Chris Larsen Fund to enhance District security.
Over 2,000+ video requests from law enforcement agencies (SFPD, DA, Public Defender) and citizens have been made since the start of the program.
“The San Francisco Police Department’s work with the BID is the model on how partnerships make our community safer. Through community engagement, our “Park Smart” educational campaign and other crime prevention strategies we ensure that visitors have a safe and enjoyable experience in Union Square. The installation of 350+ security cameras have both served as a deterrent and have been an incredible tool in identifying those responsible for crime.”
—David Lazar, Commander, Community Engagement Division, SFPD