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Los Angeles’ most dangerous gangs

At our LA limo service, we are tremendously proud of the L.A. But like any other city, Los Angeles also has its problems. The beautiful city of Angels is unfortunately also known as “the Gang Capital of America,” and even by some as “the Gang Capital of the world”! Here our limousine services will represent some of the most dangerous regions and neighborhoods in Los Angeles. With over 160,000 gang members in LA County alone, the city has more gang members than any other American city. Hundreds of gangs have originated in the LA area, including gangs as the Bloods, Crips, MS-13, the Nazi Lowriders, and the Sureños. The gangs often target teenagers to recruit, and the average gang member will not live to be 25 according to the National Geographic. In the year of 2015, Los Angeles had 285 murders. A number which is higher than most cities in America. Furthermore, certain areas of the city rank amongst the worst in the country. As an example, the CQ Press ranked Compton in 2010 as the 8th most dangerous community in the country! We’re glad our LA limo office is located here! With over 530 violent crimes for every 100,000 persons, Chesterfield Square in South LA has numerous times ranked as the most dangerous area within city limits. A little ways away from LA is where we find San Bernardino, named “California’s most dangerous city” by CBS News in 2016. So hang on as our LA limo services present the “most dangerous gangs in Los Angeles.”


A limousine visiting the Roxy. LA limo services often get called to Roxy.

Back in LA we sadly find many neighborhoods heavily affected and impacted by gang activity, at some time even making walking outdoors after sundown a dangerous activity. We can guarantee though that you are the best care when riding with our limousine services no matter your destination or pickup location. Research has concluded gang-crime exists because violent gangs are able to requite new members. There are many reasons why Angelenos decide to join gangs. Most gang members are recruited from their school or neighborhood, where gangs show up to recruit new members. Studies in LA have shown that the largest recruitment age is youths between the age of 12 and 14, which again results in the fact that Los Angeles’ gang members on average do not live longer than to be 25 years old. Gang members, in recent years, have increased the recruitment of kids and teens. They are aware that California courts treat juveniles more leniently than adults, and oftentimes carelessly uses them as shields or hitmen to do the riskiest crimes. While all of this may scare you off, know that in our 15+ years of serving the city with LA limo services we have not encountered any gang-activity what-so-ever. Remember that there are always good pockets as well. The Southern California area is also home to numerous communities in both Santa Barbara-, LA-, Ventura-, and Orange Counties that rate amongst the safest in America. Our limo-, sedan- and Los Angeles party bus services offer our services throughout all of Southern California. Another example, vineyard communities such as Los Olivos and Santa Ynez, often visited on our award-winning wine tours, are amongst the safest places on Earth and has practically no crime.


The LAX Theme Building is a daily sight on LAX airport rides

Closer to the city and where we so often do our LAX sedan drop-offs and sedan pick-ups are also safe communities. But many may ask: Why do these kids end up becoming members of gangs? The LA limo office has looked at the numbers. Research says in this age, youths want to belong to a group, have friends and respect. Many are drawn by promises of parties, girls or drugs. It gives respect and power to know the right people. Youths often also join gangs to get protection. If they feel threatened by a group of people, they often want a group for their own. Many that do not have anyone to look out for them or protect them, look to gangs for this protection. The gangs promise to look out for you and they are less likely to be pushed around by people at school or other places. Studies have shown that in some areas, like in Compton, youths often feel unsafe if they are not a part of a gang, most likely due to the high levels of crime. When riding in one of our Los Angeles party bus selections do not fear as you will be in the safest of hands. As a matter of fact, our LA limo company continuously passes all CHP- and other inspections. All our LA limo drivers are professionals and drug-tested.


Sunset Strip is a popular destination for party bus clients in Los Angeles.

Michael McKinney might be America’s leading specialist in gang violence. He is a certified Gang Crime Instructor who is often working with law enforcement agencies, communities and schools to inform about gang violence. He is also a representative of the American Correctional Association National Task Force On Gang Violence. Our LA limo service has looked into his research. McKinney’s research on LA has shown that the major reason why people join gangs is to make money.  When people are unemployed, there is also a much higher chance of them to join a gang. People need to make a living one way or another. If there is no access to decent jobs, many turn to illegal activity as a way to make money. In Compton, the 8th most dangerous community in America, the unemployment rate is extremely high among men, which has led to the high levels of gang membership. The chance of joining a gang is also much higher for Angelenos that are addicted to drugs. Drugs are often very expensive and they need large amounts of cash to buy the drug. Youths from families of drug- or alcohol addiction are also more likely to become a gang member. They would rather spend time with a gang; it is a way to escape from their family problems, as well as a way to have a “2nd family.” Many gangs also use this as a method to get to members, promises of a companionship where you are treated as one of the family. You may wonder why a limo- and LAX sedan provider cares so much about it, but as a company that has served the City of Angels for over fifteen years, we deeply care about all citizens in our beautiful city. In fact, we not only offer wine-tasting trips and airport transfers all-day but Los Angeles County Limo has also contributed to various volunteer work organizations such as the United Cancer Advocacy Network (UCAAN) and the LGBTQA Straight & Alley Prom organized by the OUTreach Center in the Antelope Valley.

Hollywood Wax Museum from a Los Angeles limousine ride

Despite being home to many dangerous gangsters and neighborhoods, Los Angeles has seen a significant decrease in its gang violence rates in the 21st century. According to the LA limo hub, the decrease in gang violence has been enormous! From January 2009 to January 2010, the decline was as big as 40 percent! In other words, there were 78 gang-related homicides in January of 2009, while there were only 51 in the same month of 2010. But this change has not been true for every part of the city. As of most things, there are exceptions to overall development. Gang troubled neighborhoods, like for instance Inglewood, had 22 homicides in the year 2010, compared to 16 in 1999. According to the Inglewood Police Detective Bureau Captain, John R. Frazier, the homicide rate in that particular city is entirely tied to gang violence. From 1979 to 1995, gang-related homicides in Los Angeles County increased from 18 to 43 percent. But it has since the year 2000 been on a steadily decline. In 2000, gang-related homicides counted for more than 50 % of the killings in LA County, but the percentage had decreased to 43 % in 2008. The actual number of homicides per year has also been decreasing consistently, as well as the number of gang-related homicides. In 2008, there were 167 gang-related homicides in the city. This is down from 349 in 2001. So rest assured, a Los Angeles party bus night out will not leave you safe and sound. Whether for an LA limo-, SUV- LAX sedan- or Los Angeles party bus, let our wine tour and limousine services help you accommodate an ideal outing.

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The way the city is addressing the issue is changing. LA has for decades been a model for cities, within the United States as well as internationally, in their leading way of fighting gangs. Political leaders from gang troubled countries in both Europe and Latin-America have come to Los Angeles to learn from their approach to gang-related crime. But the way LA has approached gang violence up through the years has often changed and new methods have been taken in use. Earlier, authorities had very little knowledge about how gangs worked, but have over the years got more and more insight into how they are working and recruiting new members. The most common method to fight gangs earlier was by being hard on them when they broke the law. In recent years, authorities have approached gangs through a whole new set of ways, in addition to being hard on the crime they commit. The FBI has long played the leading role in fighting gangs throughout the U.S., including in the city of LA. Their priorities have often changed, and they have prioritized gang violence more and more during the years gang violence rose in the city. They also have founded the NGIC, the National Gang Intelligence Center, to keep track of violent gangs in LA and other big cities throughout the U.S. Our limousine services are tremendously proud of our law enforcement and is why we, for instance, were proud sponsors of the 20th Annual Police-Community Partnership Awards Dinner by the Simi Valley Police Department in Simi Valley, CA. We actually have one of our limo hubs located in Simi Valley, as well as in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Palm Springs, and Westlake Village. That we, our limousine services can easily service all of Southern California. Call us at (866)-319-LIMO to find out more about our LA limo, party bus- or Malibu wine tours.

Heading to the beach is a popular activity to combine with Malibu wine tours

Our LA limo office is appreciative of all the efforts made to fix the Los Angeles gang problem. Different institutions, politicians, individuals, and organizations have had and do have different ways of proposed solutions to gang violence in LA. The previous mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa (D), contributed to establishing the Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development. A part of this program provides safe places, free counseling, and service for risk-youths; these include youths from troubled families or youths with concerned family members. New measures have also been targeted at geographical areas with high percentages of gang-members. Twelve neighborhoods were in 2010 a part of the government program to prevent gang-related crimes. These twelve neighborhoods had all over 400 percent more gang-related crime than anywhere else in the city. Although none of our limo hubs are located in these neighborhoods, we do offer limousine services here as well.

See also 10 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in Los Angeles!

Many neighborhoods in LA have also created their own organizations to prevent gang violence and other illegal activity from their neighborhoods. This has proven to be a very successful way of preventing gangs from recruiting in neighborhoods. These are so-called Neighborhood Watch-organizations that operates in thousands of neighborhoods across America. On our airport transfers and other ride pickups and drop-offs, we are happy to see so many hard-working neighbors volunteering through the Neighborhood Watch or volunteering through their local police department. 

LA limo service at LAX airport
A limo at LAX

So what are the most dangerous gangs in LA? Our limo services have tried to find out just that. Of the more than 900 street-gangs active in the city, two are singled out by EpicDash and others as amongst America’s most dangerous gangs: MS-13 and the 18th Street Gang. Downtown’s 18th Street Gang has been found guilty of over 250 deaths in a time period of 10 years, making it one of the most dangerous gangs in the United States. The rivaling Bloods and larger Crips are the two largest street gangs. Whether for a limo or sedan to LAX or Malibu wine tours please rest assure your in good hands when traveling with us! We have served the City of Angels with limo, sedan and party bus services for over twenty years as of 2017. Our LA limo services are the top rated of its category and can offer exclusive wine tours, Los Angeles party bus rentals, SUV rides to LAX, and more.


10+ Best Things To Experience In Los Angeles

the-biggest-largest-la-limo-services-for-los-angeles-limousine-rental-limos-for-rentTHE CITY OF ANGELS is in a class all by itself. This magnificent city isn’t just America’s second-largest but is home to an array of interesting attractions and beloved landmarks in world-class. The art museum at the Getty Center is just an example and along Miracle Mile, you’ll find numerous great museums such as the underrated car museum, Petersen Automotive Museum. Downtown’s Grammy Museum is another hit, while maybe the most popular beaches are Venice- and Santa Monica Beaches while the prettier ones might be Manhattan- and Redondo Beaches. The beautiful stretch of white sandy beaches of Malibu, located along the famous Pacific Coastal Highway, is often less crowded but well worth checking out. Along Colorado Street, which is the closest thing to an LA main street, you will find many quaint cafés, restaurants, galleries, bars, and pubs. Let us present some of the things you absolutely shouldn’t skip on your Californication!

limousine-rentals-in-santa-barbara-california-solvang-transferWhen cruising down the California coast there are many places to explore. Solvang is California’s historic Danish settlement and the town comes across as a postcard-picture from Denmark. Established as a Danish settlement in 1911, Solvang was among the first Danish colonies in America (along with Danebod, Minnesota and Ames, Iowa among others). Further south is where we find Santa Barbara, also known as the American Riviera. This affluent and idyllic city appears in numerous movies: Psych (2008), Pirates of the Caribbean III (2006), Disney’s Hidalgo (2003), and many more. Our limos for rent have been featured in many TV-shows in Santa Barbara, including the Bachelor (2003) and the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (2010). The movie Sideways (2004) not only made the vineyards of Santa Ynez famous but was also filmed in Santa Barbara. For your exclusive Santa Ynez Valley-, Temecula- or Malibu wine tasting tours you can give us a call for an unforgettable day in SoCal’s wine country. Make sure to visit the beach promenade, the pier and State Street for a signature Santa Barbara experience. With its beautiful harbor, fancy cars, great shopping, and great eateries, the American Riviera is a must for anyone traveling to Southern California.

malibu-wineries-by-la-limo-services-on-exclusive-malibu-wine-tasting-tours-in-the-los-angeles-vineyardsAn hour south of Santa Barbara is where we find Malibu, also called Beach City USA. This beautiful LA suburb is the ultimate destination for those looking for the iconic Californication. Here you can see the houses of the rich and famous, spend the day sunbathing on one of the many white sandy beaches, or enjoy a dinner while looking out over the Pacific. While eateries such as Duke’s Malibu and Paradise Cove Beach Café are located on the beach itself, Nobu Malibu and the Carbon Beach Club Restaurant are two of the many restaurants overlooking the ocean. Often overlooked for wine tasting venues in Santa Barbara County and Temecula, the Malibu Canyons have the absolute closest vineyards to LA. Here you can enjoy Malibu wine tasting tours to venues such Rosenthal overlooking the sea, or venture inland to the canyons for gorgeous scenery at wineries such as Malibu Family Wines, Cornell Winery, SIP Malibu Grapes, and Malibu & Vine.

Eighteen miles south of Malibu is where we find the City of Santa Monica, one of the most visited areas in the Greater LA Area. Famously depicted in the long-running TV-series Baywatch, the Santa Monica Beach and its pier are musts to see in LA. Don’t forget to wander up Third Street Promenade for some great shopping at the Santa Monica Place and many nearby shops. Enjoy a meal at the pier or stroll along the beachfront down to the interesting Venice Beach. Here you can see the famous Muscle Beach, stroll the Venice Canals or people-watch along the beach.

limo-rentals-in-la-limo-los-angeles-limousine-rentalAfter spending the day at the beach, go for a limousine rental to venture up Mulholland Drive on your way to the Hollywood Sign. With beautiful views of the city, the nearby Griffith Observatory offers some of the greatest LA skyline views. When it starts to get dark the views from the observatory are unmatched. Another signature LA nighttime experience is a stroll along the Hollywood Walk of Fame. LAX sedan and limos often transfer clients to the Hollywood Boulevard for landmarks such as the Chinese Theater, Kodak Theater, Ripleys Believe It Or Not, Guinness Records Museum, and many more. The 387,000 sq. ft. Hollywood & Highland shopping mall is a frequent stop for shoppers.

The unusually exclusive (& expensive) Beverly Hills area is a fun stop. Here you can experience original window shopping at Rodeo Drive or go for one of the many Star tours for an opportunity to see celebrity homes in Beverly Hills’ neighborhoods and nearby Bell Air. You can also pick up a Star Map and go celebrity sightseeing yourself – by car or by one of the city’s limo services. Our limos and Los Angeles party bus vehicles are often hired for celebrity sightseeing throughout the city. We know the stars better than most!

tours-at-universal-studios-hollywood-limos-for-rent-in-los-angeles-limo-services-in-2016While in Los Angeles, don’t forget to set off a day to visit Universal Studios and adjacent Universal CityWalk. At the studios, you can go on tours of various filming locations (e.g. Psycho, Desperate Housewives, Jaws) followed by a lot of fun in the many park rides. By buying a First In Line Pass at Universal you will not only skip the long waiting lines, but you will often get the chance of exclusive meetings with various actors. Especially fun to see is the movie sets from War of the Worlds, the Mysteria Lane neighborhood from Desperate Housewives and the motel from Psycho. The Shrek-, Mummy- and Jurassic Park rides are a lot of fun for kids and adults in every age group. Limousine rental customers often prioritize the Simpsons Ride, the Special Effects Show, Terminator 3 3D, and the Waterworld Show. After spending the day at the studios there is no reason to leave Universal City. Go for a stroll on the adjacent Universal CityWalk for dinner at Hard Rock Café Hollywood or a movie at the IMAX theater.

the-warner-bros-studio-tour-by-american-luxury-limousine-rental-la-limoThere’s an abundance of theme parks and studios in the LA region. Why not head to the Warner Bros Studios, Disneyland, Six Flags Magic Mountain or Knott’s Berry Farm next?? By a Los Angeles party bus or not, older kids will have a lot of fun riding some of the nation’s fastest rollercoasters at Six Flags. Younger kids will love the rides at Knott’s Berry Farm, while the original one-and-only Disneyland is a must on anyone’s Californication. Looking for a water park instead? Don’t worry. Los Angeles has it all. Why not check out Valencia’s Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, Knott’s Soak City in Buena Park, or Disney’s California Adventure in Anaheim? The nearby Great Wolf Lodge Garden Grove is another nearby pick for an affordable indoor water park. We’ve also had even foreigners calling from the airport in need of an LAX sedan in order to head for the Pacific Park amusement park on the Santa Monica Pier, the Balboa Fun Zone by Balboa Island in Laguna Beach as well as the merry-go-rounds in Long Beach’ Shoreline Village.

studio-tour-sets-in-los-angeles-party-bus-and-limos-for-rent-by-la-limoFor possibly the most iconic Hollywood adventure, head on one of the LA area’s many exclusive film studio tours! Besides the previously mentioned Universal Studios, there are tons of other studio tours to enjoy in the Greater Los Angeles Area. While people utilizing our limos for rent often love to see the film sets of series such as Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune on the Sony Pictures Studio tour, others enjoy the sets from the Tonight Show and Saturday Night Live at the studio tours at the NBC Studios. Why just visit the studios when you can partake in a live audience? Conan, the Dr. Phil Show, Ellen DeGeneres Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, the Talk and Wheel of Fortune are just a couple of the many TV shows filmed with LA audiences. Most studios and talk show tapings take place in the Hollywood area, Burbank and Studio City. Give limo services a call to set up your visit to the studios – for a tour of famous filming locations or to attend the audience for your favorite television series.

The City of Angels is a widespread metropolis that has more to offer than most places. Before venturing on your trip or tours in the Southern California region, make sure to make a list in advance of what to see, visit and experience while in Los Angeles. Newcomers and newly arrived tourists at LAX are oftentimes overwhelmed when arriving in LA. “Where should I begin?” is a question we get more than any other. And that with good reason. L.A. is the place that has it all, so making a few priorities fitting your preferences will make your trip to America’s 2nd biggest city more fun and memorable. Bon Voyage!