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Old 01-12-2012, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, Calif.
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Too many people have this image of Los Angeles from the late 1980s and early 1990s (where crime was at its worst). LA right now has seen its crime (especially violent crime) drop to its lowest levels since the 1950s. It's still a big city, and like any big city you do need to take the regular precautions as you would anywhere else.

Downtown has some places that look gritty (with its share of homeless people), but it's still relatively safe and unlikely anything will happen to you other than panhandlers asking you for spare change. And where you'll be staying (by The Standard Hotel) is perfectly fine.

Westlake Village and Anaheim are suburban and pretty benign. You won't get robbed and killed, although given the distance you have to travel from downtown, you may end up becoming so aggravated that you want to kill somebody for having to fight through all that traffic!!

The only parts of the LA region that you may not want to go into are places of South LA (essentially where the 110 and 105 freeways intersect) - but that is nowhere near where you'll be.
And reflecting on Wburg's comment, in spite of reduced crime, certain groups and areas still get profiled as indiscriminately dangerous. Fact is, any part of anywhere can get unsafe. So yes, be aware, smart and cautious, especially after dark, no matter what the occasion.
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Old 01-12-2012, 09:27 PM
 
Location: Hollywood, CA
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Pretty much avoid the area north of the 105, east of the 405, south of the 10, and west of the 710. This most dangerous areas of Los Angeles are inside of those freeway boundaries. The rest of LA is as safe as any major American city.
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Old 01-12-2012, 11:25 PM
 
Location: Earth
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Pretty much avoid the area north of the 105, east of the 405, south of the 10, and west of the 710. This most dangerous areas of Los Angeles are inside of those freeway boundaries. The rest of LA is as safe as any major American city.
So, to you Culver City and Ladera Heights are unsafe while Westlake, Pico-Union, Skid Row, and Boyle Heights (which are outside said area) are safe?

East of the 405 and south of the 10 encompasses some westside neighborhoods that range from fairly safe to very safe.
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Old 01-13-2012, 06:21 AM
 
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You should avoid areas far from your job (long commutes suck) and those you can't afford. It would be better if you would mention some areas you are considering. Of course, you should not move until you have a job, so you know the distance you'd have to commute, and you'd also be sure of your pay and, thus, what you could afford to spend on rent or home purchase.
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Old 01-13-2012, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Hollywood, CA
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So, to you Culver City and Ladera Heights are unsafe while Westlake, Pico-Union, Skid Row, and Boyle Heights (which are outside said area) are safe?

East of the 405 and south of the 10 encompasses some westside neighborhoods that range from fairly safe to very safe.
Culver City and Ladera and some westside neighborhoods are only a small area inside of the corridor, compared to the majority of the area inside of those freeway boundaries which tend to be unsafe. It was a generalization, but a true one.
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Old 01-13-2012, 05:23 PM
 
Location: La Cañada
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Bigusa517, I am not sure if you are coming to Los Angeles on vacation or for work or both. However I was born and raised in Los Angeles. I am 48 years old.

The easiest answer I can give you is, if you stay on the westside, you should be okay. The westside includes cities and areas like West Hollywood, Century City, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Santa Monica, Culver City, Pacific Palisades, Venice, Marina Del Rey, Play Del Rey. Yet if you go to any of these places at night, just stay alert (especially in Venice) and you should be okay.

Now with that being said, places I would definitely avoid in and around Los Angeles at night would be East downtown Los Angeles, East Los Angeles, Compton, Watts, Lynwood, Willowbrook, South Gate, Lennox . . . as all of these places have high crime and gang problems. Personally, I avoid these cities and areas day and night, but if I have to go to any of them, I always go in the daytime and I am always gone before sundown.

Now with that being said, keep in mind that bad things can happen “anywhere” . . . even in the most affluent and upscale cities and communities. Yet based on your posting, I would deem the westside as the more safer areas in and around Los Angeles (IMHO). Yet just use good judgment and take the usual safety precautions, and you should be relatively safe here and have a great time.

I can not give you any information about Anaheim and Westlake Village, because though I know of both places, however I do not frequent them enough to provide any help advice.

Good luck.

Wilson

P.S. I just saw this part of your posting when you said "By the way im staying in the hotel near Public Library in downtown so thats why im asking." IMHO, I think that area would be okay and safe day and night, yet just stay alert . . . yet I would advise you to tone it down at night, by not looking affluent or touristy and try to dress as casual as you can and avoid displaying expensive articles (smart phones, laptop computers, jewelry, cameras, etc.).
What is this, some sort of joke? LA is NOT LIKE THIS! To think that you would say that is monstrous...
To the question-asker, let it be known that the places that Mr. Wilson said were nice have are fine; in fact, true.
But the so-called "bad" places are not that bad anymore...in fact, the county has had the lowest crime rates since the 50's this last year. Some cities have had zero gang activity in the county, and others have had very little. LA has been safer now than in decades.
Also, sure, stay alert, but the city's no war-zone. Wilson was way too serious.
Finally, Anaheim is very safe.
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Old 01-14-2012, 02:04 PM
 
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South Central LA, Watts, Inglewood, Compton, some parts of the valley.
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Old 01-14-2012, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Earth
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Culver City and Ladera and some westside neighborhoods are only a small area inside of the corridor, compared to the majority of the area inside of those freeway boundaries which tend to be unsafe. It was a generalization, but a true one.
If you'd set the western boundary of your corridor further east, then you would not have included any safe or relatively safe areas within said corridor. Setting the western boundary of your corridor at the 405 makes it ridiculous. If you'd set your western boundary at La Brea, for example, there would still be some relatively safe areas within it like Baldwin Hills and parts of North Inglewood inside your corridor but it would have been more accurate.
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Old 01-14-2012, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles County, CA
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The area to avoid are anyplace you go unarmed.
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Old 01-14-2012, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Boulder Creek, CA
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The area to avoid are anyplace you go unarmed.
So how many people have you shot?
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