Los Angeles Warnings and Dangers
Los Angeles is the second largest city in the United States. It has all sorts of fun to offer that you simply can’t find anywhere else. While Los Angeles is, for the most part, a safe city, there are still some dangers and challenges you need to be mindful of. Here are tips on how to stay safe and avoid the dangerous situations.
You’ve probably seen news reports and other information about driving in L.A. and how hectic it can be. This is because not only is the city big but it’s spread out, so most people have to drive. Fender benders are common here. If you rent a car, try to avoid driving during rush hour.
Los Angeles’ Skid Row, known as a gathering place for homeless people as well as people with drug-addiction and mental-health problems, can be dangerous. If you find yourself in L.A.’s Skid Row, be mindful of your surroundings and use common sense to avoid dangerous situations. Avoid dark, unlit areas. And call a taxi or a ride-share when you need to travel somewhere at night.
While there are exceptions, L.A.’s safer neighborhoods are generally to the north and west of central L.A. Most of the areas with higher crime rates are south and east of the city central.
Not as Dangerous as You Think
L.A., for a city of its size, is not as dangerous as some people make it out to be. Yes, there are bad areas. However, crime statistics are actually far lower than in other cities with similar populations. So while there are some more dangerous spots in the city, if you practice good judgment, you’ll likely be fine.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about tips on warnings or dangers in Los Angeles.