I will be travelling to L.A. soon and I am wondering which areas should be avoided to stay safe. Are there official no go zones? Do you maybe know of any maps?

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    Questions about safety are usually opinion based and therefore off topic here. The chances for being shot by the police as a non-criminal bystander are significantly higher in the USA as in most other comparable countries, so if you are easily enough scared, you might want to avoid the USA in general, and not only specific neighbourhoods in Los Angeles. Mar 22, 2017 at 13:36
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    The LA times offer a crime map. maps.latimes.com/crime
    – Max
    Mar 22, 2017 at 13:43
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    @Max Thank you. If anybody else is looking for an answer, this view shows a ranked L.A. crime map: maps.latimes.com/neighborhoods/violent-crime/neighborhood/list
    – user58962
    Mar 22, 2017 at 13:55
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    @Tor-EinarJarnbjo Significantly higher, yes, but still far smaller than other risks such as traffic.
    – gerrit
    Mar 22, 2017 at 14:12
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    @Antonio's map is excellent. Keep in mind that risk increases after dark and that you are perfectly safe (from crime) driving through those high-risk areas on freeways at any time of day. On surface streets, during the day, it may not look great but it's usually okay enough. Even the worst narrow part of Los Angeles is actually no worse than the average of all of Detroit. If you don't have a car- things may be a bit sketchier depending on where you have to go. Best to have a car. Mar 22, 2017 at 16:01

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According the LA Times the neighborhood called Chesterfield Square is the one with most violent crimes per capita as of spring 2017. Surrounding areas like Harvard Park or Vermont Vista and the Southcentral region in general rank high in violent crime statistics.

@Johns-305 Said in the comments that there is nothing like 'no-go' zones.

Thanks to @Max for providing the link to this site in the comments.

Interactive Map of the L.A. Times

Los Angeles map showing neighborhoods ranked by violent crimes per capita 2016/17: Los Angeles map showing neighborhoods ranked by violent crimes per capita 2016/17

Detail of Los Angeles map, showing Chesterfield Square: Detail of Los Angeles map, showing Chesterfield Square

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    Do look at this area on a zoomable map that shows scale, though, to get a sense of the sheer distances involved. You aren't going to accidentally wander from Downtown to South Central. The closest you might get as a tourist would be visiting the Natural History Museum/La Brea tarpits. Mar 23, 2017 at 2:10

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