Our priority is to keep Union Square safe. We are proud of our collaboration with businesses and law enforcement. Thanks to another generous grant of $1M from a donor advised fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) and $200K from the Chris Larsen Fund, we were able to continue maintaining and operating our 350 surveillance cameras which enhances safety throughout our district.
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.
Did you know?
Over 350 Cameras Installed within the District
Received $1,200,000 Grant funded by SVCF and the Chris Larsen Fund
Over 750 Video Requests from Law Enforcement (SFPD, DA, Public Defender)
Over 225 Arrests Made
“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
Security camera program and video control center.
Not only can you or your employees call Member Services to report an incidence, you may also call Member Services to request video footage as you file a police report.
For video footage requests, please call (415) 781-7880 x109
Monday–Friday: 9:00 am–5:00 pm