Los Angeles Travel Advice

Security travel advice for Los Angeles

Security information

Threat level: Medium-High

Los Angeles is the most populous city in the state of California and the second biggest city in the United States of America. The city is very popular among tourists, and has a very diverse culture, being home to such Ethnic enclaves like Chinatown and little Tokyo. Los Angeles includes Hollywood which brings much economic growth to the city.

Being one of the largest cities in the USA, Los Angeles does have high crime rates in certain areas. Tourists are not specifically subjected to petty crime, however criminals tend to be opportunists when it comes to things such as theft and assaults.

Being such a populated city, the risk and concern for terrorism does not go un-noticed in Los Angeles. The LA Police Department are a renowned police force, however this does not neutralise the recent peak of the threat of terror that is especially a high risk to western nations. The current terror threat level in the United States of America is at an Elevated level.

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Recent Security Risk Events
On May day 2007, police officers were attacked during what was meant to be peaceful protests for awareness of prejudice against, and demands for amnesty for undocumented workers. Although tourists were not targeted during this particular incident, it is advised to avoid large gatherings/political events, and monitor the local media when possible.

Security Risks
Crime rates peek in certain areas of Los Angeles during night time hours. Places such as Compton and Lynwood are advised against visiting after dark, as gang activity is apparent in these parts of Los Angeles. There were 3 accounts of homicide in August of 2016 alone, inside the Compton area.

Places such as the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and Universal Studios do have some pick pocketing issues during heavy tourist periods. This is not a serious issue and should not put people off visiting popular places in Los Angeles. Issues such as pick pocketing are dealt with efficiently by the police and security services.

Travel around Los Angeles
The Los Angeles Metro Rail network is a very tourist friendly option for travel within the city. The Red, Gold and Expo Lines are most useful for visitors who wish to travel to the top tourist attractions.

Uber drivers are often used throughout the United States, especially in Los Angeles. Using an Uber driver comes with a high risk and it advised individuals travelling alone stick with normal, licensed taxi companies. There are also other reliable and inexpensive ways to get around the city such as shuttle buses.

Public transport is for the most part very safe in Los Angeles. Like any other public transport, the risk of assaults and other petty crimes increase at night. Travellers should take basic precautions such as avoiding travelling on their own during night time hours.

General information

Official languages: English
Religion: Christianity
Currency: US Dollar
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Useful websites

Medical care: Walk in medical care centres in Manhattan
General information: New York City tourist information
NYPD: Police service

Healthcare in Los Angeles

The overall standard of healthcare in Los Angeles is high, as is the ambulance service and its highly trained EMT’s, however these services can be expensive. It is advised that when travelling to any part of the United States of America that you have adequate healthcare insurance for the duration of your stay.

The main hospitals in Los Angles are the Keck Hospital and the Good Samaritan Hospital which are both located in the central Los Angeles area.

Consular information

British Consulate General Los Angeles

2029 Century Park East, Suite 1350
Los Angeles CA 90067
Telephone: +1 310 789 0031
E-mail: bcg.losangeles@fco.gov.uk

Consulate General of the United Arab Emirates

1999 Avenue of the Stars, Ste. 1250
Los Angeles, CA, 90067
Telephone: +1 310 551 6534
E-mail: consular.LA@mofa.gov.ae

Consulate General of Spain

5055 Wilshire Blvd #860
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Telephone: +1 323 938 0158
E-mail: cog.losangeles@maec.es

Consulate General of France

10390 Santa Monica Blvd #410
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Telephone: +1 310 235 3200
E-mail: christophe.lemoine@diplomatie.gouv.fr

For further embassy information and locations please see our live travel map below.

You are responsible for your own safety abroad and for making the decision to travel.

The information contained in this Travel Advice for Los Angeles is provided for information only. Whilst care is taken to ensure that this country brief is as up-to-date and accurate as possible, it is provided on an "as is" basis without any representation or endorsement made and without warranty of any kind, express or implied. Intelligent Protection International Limited does not assume responsibility and shall not be liable for any damages in connection to the information provided.

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