QUESTION & ANSWER FOLLOW UP
Thank you for attending the CMCBD Safety Summit
on September 12, 2016.
Please find the following
Q&A based on
some of the feedback we received after the event.
Q: I'm afraid to walk by the homeless encampment behind our office.
It is illegal to obstruct a sidewalk in San Francisco. If you are within CMCBD boundaries, call or text us first - during our hours of operation 7 a.m. to 7 p.m./7 days per week). CBD staff will inform the campers of the law. If campers refuse to pack up, assistance from the Homeless Outreach Team (SFHOT)
and/or Police Department will be requested. CMCBD Dispatch: (415) 543-5223.
Outside of CMCBD hours call 311.
Q: How can I get more safety information out to our staff?
Q: What should I do when I see people who are severely mentally ill putting themselves or others in danger?
Call 911 if something is a life-threatening emergency. For non-life threatening emergencies, and if you are within CMCBD boundaries, call or text us first - during our hours of operation (7 a.m. to 7 p.m./7 days per week) so we can do an assessment to determine the best City agency to call for help - such as the
Homeless Outreach Team (SFHOT)
or the Police Department.
*In many cases CMCBD staff may know the individual and can assist them back home, or to a supportive agency or medical facility nearby.
Q: What do we do about all the needles in front of our family service agency? We see kids picking them up and playing with them.
You can always report needles through the City's 311 system. However, if you are within CMCBD boundaries our staff can respond faster during our hours of operation (7 a.m. to 7 p.m./ 7 days per week). CMCBD and several City agencies can also provide educational trainings on proper needle collection and disposal upon request.
Q: I didn't know there was a network of exterior security cameras in Central Market. Can our building's exterior security cameras be linked to the Central Market CBD's camera network?
If you already
have exterior security cameras, we can help you determine the feasibility of connecting them to CMCBD's network. Additionally
, if you are interested to upgrade or install new cameras, we can help you obtain a proposal from our vendor. Please contact CMCBD at:
Q: What are the benefits of connecting our building's exterior security cameras to CMCBD network?
By connecting to CMCBD's exterior camera network, law enforcement will ask CMCBD to retrieve footage following an incident, rather than taking your time to do so. In addition, as crime scenes and criminals often travel, a network of cameras is much more likely to provide a sequence of actions prior to, during, and after an incident. Such sequences are more likely to provide compelling and actionable evidence.
Q: The women selling food on Market Street block the sidewalk. They also become aggressive when you ask them to move. I've even seen them be rude and disrespectful to police officers. Are they allowed to sell food on the sidewalk?
Per Penal Code 496 (a) and Municipal Police Code 869 it is illegal to sell (and buy) items on the sidewalk without a permit. During our hours of operation, call CMCBD's Dispatch Office to report any instances of illegal vending - including cell phones, clothes, food, etc. CMCBD will dispatch the appropriate authorities.
AND ALWAYS REMEMBER...
BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS
DO NOT EXPOSE CELL PHONE, iPAD, CAMERA, COMPUTER
OR OTHER VALUABLES WHEN WALKING OR STANDING OUTSIDE
KEEP PURSES AND BACKPACKS SHUT
AND CLOSE TO YOU AT ALL TIMES
NEVER LEAVE ANYTHING IN YOUR AUTOMOBILE
TRAVEL IN PAIRS ESPECIALLY IN
DARK OR DESOLATE AREAS
If you see something - say something!