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3 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in Los Angeles

James McPherson

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Los Angeles is well-known for numerous accomplishments, including Hollywood, Harry Potter, and business.

Each area has its own set of features and attractions, contributing to the city's overall distinctiveness.

However, although Los Angeles is packed with love, happiness, dynamic nightlife, and theatres that can be experienced day and night across the city, not every city is a perfectly painted picture when it comes to specific neighborhoods.

Some neighborhoods are distinct from others, with unique personalities among the individuals who live there.

However, certain areas may appear to be safe during the day but turn into a high-crime zone at night, with aggravated assaults, violent crime, domestic violence, property crime, and theft.

So, according to statistics from AreaVibes and the FBI, here are the top three hazardous neighborhoods to avoid at night:

1) Downtown

Unlike any other city, Downtown can be booming with action, famous restaurants, hidden treasures, multi-cultural lifestyles, and tourist attractions, but it doesn't imply the area is without flaws, right? During the day, this area is beautiful in its natural state.

Even so, I recommend having an emergency pepper spray bottle and a loud alarm at night, especially if you're a female, because you're more likely to be targeted.

Downtown is 41 percent above the national average when it comes to crime and violent crime 115 percent above the national average. So in this neighborhood, you have a 1 in 29 chance of becoming a victim of crime.

However, Downtown is rated safer than 28% of most Californian cities as crime has been on a constant decline since 2018.

Cases of violent crime: 826

Cases of property crime: 2,690

Crimes per 100K people in LA: 3,115

Chance of becoming a victim: 1 in 39 chance

Chance of becoming a victim of property crime: 1 in 38 chance

Chance of becoming a victim of violent crime: 1 in 122 chance

2) Chinatown

In most Californian cities, there is usually an Asian district featuring Chinese markets, restaurants, cafés, tea gardens, and other Asian cultures in most Californian cities. However, Chinatown is a popular tourist and local attraction throughout the day.

At night, when there are reports of 2,962 incidents of violent crime per 100,000 people in Chinatown, it may be a hostile atmosphere. The overall crime rate is 135% higher than the national average, with violent crime being 681 percent higher.

Carrying a self-defense weapon like a taser is advised, but let's hope you never have to use it. You have a 1 in 18 chance of becoming a victim of crime in this neighborhood.

However, Chinatown isn't all bad news as it's rated as being safer than 21% of other Californian cities.

Cases of violent crime: 2,962

Cases of property crime: 2,894

Crimes per 100K people in LA: 3,115

Chance of becoming a victim: 1 in 18 chance

Chance of becoming a victim of property crime: 1 in 35 chance

Chance of becoming a victim of violent crime: 1 in 34 chance

3) South Park

The neighborhood of South Park is recognized for its attractive residential sections and stylish hotels. The Staples Centre, a well-known hotspot for recent boxing fights, sporting events, and other live entertainment, is also located in the area.

However, the Grammy Museum provides tourists with an immersive music experience, and the neighborhood is also recognized for its sushi, craft beer breweries, and Mexican food. The Los Angeles Lakers, as well as other NBA clubs, call South Park home.

Despite all of this activity, the crime rate continues to thrive throughout the day and night, making this neighborhood unsafe to walk through at nearly any hour.

This area has a crime rate that is 412 percent higher than the national average, with violent crime being 611 percent higher.

In this neighborhood, you have a 1 in 8 risks of becoming a victim of crime, but thankfully, crime has reduced by 4% per year over the years, and it is now 1% safer than other cities in California.

Cases of violent crime: 2,699

Cases of property crime: 10,047

Crimes per 100K people in LA: 3,115

Chance of becoming a victim: 1 in 8 chance

Chance of becoming a victim of property crime: 1 in 10 chance

Chance of becoming a victim of violent crime: 1 in 38 chance

What are your thoughts and opinions on these neighborhoods? Do you love visiting them, or do you make every effort to avoid them? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

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