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Is there anywhere to safely park near fishermans wharf without worrying about your car being broken into?

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1. Re: parking

well thousands of cars park in the city and in that touristy part of the city every day . And they do ok . Just like any other large city there are a few breakins. I'm not sure what you would like us to tell you. We cannot guarantee anything. You can try the Pier 39 garage which does have a lot of in and out traffic or you can park in the small outdoor lot which is very visible. Sanfrancisco.bestparking.com has the lots and prices. But none of us can guarantee anything. If you are that worried why bring a car. Take MUNI and leave the driving to them.

If you park closer to Pier 39 there are some manned lots so that may give you some assurance in those open lots But it all depends on the time of day. There is parking along the Embarcadero as well and that is a very high traffic area and visible. But you do need to make sure you feed the meters (cards accepted) or one thing I can guarantee you is a parking ticket.

Edited: 17 July 2014, 16:00
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2. Re: parking

No, you'll have to worry a bit. But keeping the interior of the car clear of packages, camera cases, clothing, suitcases and ANYTHING will go a long way in making it a small worry. Also don't open your trunk after you park. Take everything you need and keep it in the interior until you wear it.

This rule applies all over the City.

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3. Re: parking

I don't know about the Pier 39 garage but many enclosed parking lots these days do have security people walking through. (I have seen at both Performing Arts and Civic Center garages.)

But NCGal's advice above is absolute.

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4. Re: parking

Actually the rule above should be followed everywhere, not just in San Francisco!

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5. Re: parking

Your chances of having a car broken into are small, especially with the precautions above. We have a car that we use when appropriate and we're going somewhere that isn't easy to get to on transit or would take a lot longer. We haven't had a break in for that car in over 5 years. It did have a window smashed and was broken into in a garage sometime before that.

But the chance of a break in is present, even if very small. The best way not to worry is to remove anything that you absolutely can't take a chance of losing from the car and have insurance that will replace broken windows. Unfortunately, it's an urban problem so it could happen (and does sometimes happen to tourists and residents). Even when I lived in a different western state with a smaller metro area and less overall crime, break ins sometimes happened.

You need to keep it in perspective that chances of a problem are small, but you could be one of the unlucky few that have a problem with a break in while visiting. You might not even need a car, but it depends on your specific plans, though a car usually isn't needed if only visiting the city of San Francisco.

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