People are drawn to visiting Los Angeles because it’s considered to be one of the top cities in the world where the majority of actors, singers, and show-business personalities live. Plus, it’s the place where all major movies and TV shows are shot. It’s impossible to get bored in this incredible city.
However, if you dare to venture through long lines of crowds to get a perfect capture to brag about it on social media, you might want to consider a few things. Los Angeles has some particular areas that you should avoid if you don’t want to compromise your little getaway.
When planning a visit to Los Angeles, keep in mind that this place is an extremely under-manned (when it comes to police) city, meaning that there is only one police officer for 426 residents and only 19 divisions to cover an entire area of 100 neighborhoods.
Even though there are numerous gangs in LA, these are concentrated in locations far from the tourist attractions. Typically, gangs can be found in Downtown Los Angeles, Culver City, Venice, Inglewood, Santa Monica, and East Los Angeles.
If you book a staying at a hotel located in one of these areas, ask the concierge to help you with transportation to the famous entertainment and tourist places in Los Angeles. Also, check whether the accommodation facility has an outdoor security camera so that you can have a proof in case someone attempts to rob you.
South Central Los Angeles
This place has a lot of bad history due to the infamous 1992 riots between white police officers and the African American population. Because of these incidents, the entire neighborhood, as well as other local businesses, were severely damaged.
Stay away from areas like Watts and Compton because they are known for the high number of murders that have happened here. From 2007 until present day, there have been reports of 407 killings along with numerous other types of crimes.
East Los Angeles
You can get a clue if you have stepped in a gang area by looking for graffiti or other signs on the buildings. If you get lost, and you manage to end up in East Los Angeles, it’s best to be smart and go to a police station or enter a brightly-lit store with a motion sensor light installed.
However, before going outside, get a GPS and don’t go on these streets that aren’t safe for tourists.
If you intend to rent a car, get something less flashy or expensive. This way, you won’t be noticed and draw unwanted attention if you don’t know your way around Los Angeles.
Venice is indeed a fantastic beach with famous residents like Dennis Hopper or Anjelica Huston. It’s understandable that you might want to go there and get yourself a five-star tan. The vibe in this place is incredibly bohemian and artistic, and people seem to be worry-free.
However, there’s a dark side to this paradise, and that is the Oakwood gang community which is rather strong with many members. It’s not a great idea to walk alone at night in Venice, especially on the beach or next to a park.
Homeless gathering points
One of the most dangerous places in Los Angeles is without any doubts the Skid Row area. On these sidewalks, many homeless people live so don’t open your purse or wallet or flash your phone.
Even though they are mostly harmless, poverty is a difficult situation and sometimes stealing from tourists is their only way to survive.