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Where are the most dangerous places in Los Angeles? Districts to avoid

Like any big city, Los Angeles has its share of places which are more dangerous than other areas. Which neighborhoods are more unsafe and should be avoided?

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Not everything is beach, sun, sand and Hollywood in Los Angeles, California. In recent weeks there has been a wave of robberies at businesses in different parts of the city, and some people have even been robbed in broad daylight. For that reason, authorities recommend being very vigilant when walking on the streets and always being aware of your surroundings at all times.

Navigating the streets of Los Angeles requires an understanding of the dynamics of the city, and here we will list down some of the areas that you should avoid, especially if you are a visiting tourist.

Since some parts are more dangerous than others, having some knowledge of the most perilous areas can help you take the necessary precautions. Recent data reveals that the crime rate in Los Angeles increased by 11% in 2022 compared to the previous year.

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Where are the most dangerous places in Los Angeles? Districts to avoid

West Adams

This part of town has a crime rating of F in an analysis by law enforcement. West Adams is listed as one of the most dangerous places in Los Angeles, with the neighborhood’s overall crime rate exceeding the national average. Additionally, its violent crime rate is more than four times the national average.


Downtown Los Angeles saw a significant 25% increase in reported violent crime since 2020. This translates to 45 reported violent crimes per thousand residents, while property crime increased by 57% last year. The authorities recommend not walking the streets late at night and making sure you move around with a companion.

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Compton is located northeast of downtown Los Angeles and has gained notoriety for many decades as a dangerous area. A lot of crime occurs around Compton Boulevard and surrounding streets throughout the day. Traffic problems also contribute to car accidents, leading to injuries and even deaths.