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Mary, Both Buyer and Seller in Los Angeles County, CA


Asked by Mary, Los Angeles County, CA Tue Apr 26, 2011

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The issue of negative influence in any neighborhood or community is a tough one. Here in the S.F. Bay Area there are a few areas who's criminal intent spill over into otherwise "tranquil" neighborhoods, and let's not forget that San Francisco is a small town, relatively. Just yesterday there was an alarming report that a German National -- tourist -- was accidentally shot and killed by rival gangs recklessly and indiscriminately shooting at each other. What a shame. What can anyone do to stem the tide of senseless violence? Similarly to "Kat" below, I participated in community boards at some point to see how I can contribute to a positive change, I also volunteered at a community recreation center for the same reasons. However, what I found through casual observation and occasional conversation with some of the youth was that they have the tendency to be this way because of bigger socio-economic conditions and dysfunctional, and sometimes abusive families. These sorts of problems do not get resolved simply by being proactive (as in neighborhood watch), but by bringing up respectful citizens through better conditions at home. A huge gorilla to tackle, but it has to start somewhere...
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 28, 2011
You might find these web links helpful:

Los Angeles Police Department Gang Info:

Top 12 Gang Ridden Neighborhoods in LA (2008 data but still helpful):…

Meredith McKenzie
Associate Broker
Keller Williams Realty
Los Feliz Market Center
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 26, 2011
Gang presence in a given area correlates with criminal activities such as intimidation, harassment, drugs, fire arms, and so on. I use to search incidence of criminal activities by street names, zip codes to evaluate a neighborhood. Of course, the local LAPD will have information but are more difficult to access than thru internet.
Unfortunately gang problem is a global one and no longer confined to a specific neighborhood.
Web Reference:
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 26, 2011
Hi Mary:

There are several gangs throughout the City of Los Angeles. Every area has a LAPD SLO (Senior Lead Officer) assigned. I believe that you may be in the Southwest Community Police Station district. I have posted their number below for you to call. Ask for the Community Relations Office (CRO). This is the office of the SLO's and the SLO assigned to your area will have the latest information about gang activity in your area.

If you are having a gang related issue or just want more informarion, your SLO will help you. You may also have a Block Captain, Neighborhood Association and also a Neighborhood Council in which you may take issues to for resolve. This is all part of community policing and the City of Los Angeles's master plan.

Every police station has a CPAB (Community Police Advisory Board) meeting, which is open to the public, and they meet once a month. They discuss issues relevant to the area with the SLO's, Station Captian and other officers and attempt to come up with solutions to deter clime in their areas.

Southwest Community Police Station
1546 West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90062
213-485-2582 Voice
213-485-1015 TDD/TTY

Southwest Area Community Relations Office
Community policing information, volunteer opportunities, community-based programs

Give them a call. Get informed. Become proactive.

I was the President of my Neighborhood Association for 4 years, have been the Secretary and Co-Chair of the CPAB at Wilshire Division, Block Captain, and brought back community based policing in my neighborhood. Now years later, our neighborhood continues to be safe and the residents continue to be pro-active. This is key to a successful and safe neighborhood.

Wishing you all the best,

Kat Becker
Prudential California Realty
Web Reference:
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 26, 2011
I am not sure the exact names of the gangs in that area but I do believe there are 200,000 + gang members in the Los Angeles area alone. So no matter where you go in Los Angeles and no matter how nice the area is there will probably a gang member nearby.

One way to check is ask some local kids and the neighbors. I find them to be truthful and unbiased.

You can always check our website at to find more helpful info.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 26, 2011
Hello Mary,

Your best resource is to check with the LAPD. They should be able to let you know what gang activity is in your area.


Monique Carrabba
The Carrabba Group
Keller Williams Hollywood Hills
(323) 899-2900
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 26, 2011
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