Members of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and Castro Community on Patrol will begin distributing an updated version of the Clubber’s Guide to Safety tonight (Friday, October 19) from 9 to midnight.
The pocket-size pamphlets are designed to help people avoid pickpockets on the dance floor, hate crimes, car break-ins, and other trouble. Among other tips, club goers are encouraged to let friends know when they’ve leaving a bar with a stranger. Texting a photo or description to friends is one suggestion police and others have made.
“We’re going to try to hit just about all the bars in the Castro,” including the Café, Toad Hall, the Mix, and others, “and also people in the streets,” Sister Eve Volution, a.k.a. Scott Bray, said.
The Sisters and others are hearing an increased number of anecdotes of people being “roofied [where drugs are slipped into their drinks], robbed, and worse,” Eve Volution said.
“It seems to be dovetailing at a time when it sounds like we’re having more and more of these incidents in the Castro,” she said.
She added, “I don’t know if this crime is more prevalent than it has been in the past, but it’s certainly coming to light more. Maybe if we shine this light brighter” on such incidents “people will feel more comfortable in reporting it. That is key to cutting down on this type of crime, for victims to step up and talk about it.”
Greg Carey, of Castro Community on Patrol, said that the guides will also be distributed in the South of Market neighborhood and other areas and, for the first time, Spanish versions will be available.
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