Over the years, there has been a lot of bad publicity about Los Angeles's safety. While the world thinks of Los Angeles as glitz, glamour, wealth, movie stars, and Disneyland, residents know that while all of those things are a part of it, a lot of real-life happens in LA, too.

Just like any major city, there are good parts and bad parts. There are parts that only the elite can afford to live in and parts that are so poor that they resemble a third-world country. The majority of the population is somewhere in the middle.

If you watch the news, you may think that you shouldn't ever leave your house, but the truth is, the Los Angeles area is mostly safe. That doesn't mean that you should let your guard down, however.

You should be smart whenever you're in public, regardless of what city you're in. Be aware of your surroundings. Don't show off your jewelry, avoid poorly lit areas, and always stay where the people are. Share your location with someone else and have emergency numbers handy.

Most importantly, stay informed. Know about the areas you're traveling through, and listen to the advice of people who have lived in the area longer to avoid any trouble.

Here are the ten neighborhoods that NeighborhoodScout says are the most dangerous in Los Angeles.

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