Southern California December 13, 2016
Here Are The 11 Most Dangerous Places In Southern California After Dark
If you’re wondering where the most dangerous places are located in Southern California — especially after dark — you’ll want to take a look at this list of cities where crime appears to thrive when the sun goes down. This list was compiled by
gddlaw.com based on three factors: crime rate, police presence, and community risk factors such as poverty and unemployment.
You might be surprised to see a few unexpected cities on this list. I know I was. What areas in SoCal do you avoid after dark?
Located in San Diego County, this oceanside town is ranked as the 31st most dangerous city in all of California and the 11th most dangerous in SoCal. You'll definitely want to be aware of your surroundings after dark.
10. El Cajon
Also located in San Diego County, El Cajon receives low marks for its community risk factors that lead to crime. Poverty and homelessness are just a sample of the issues that make El Cajon a prime area for crime-related activities.
Anaheim may be home to Disneyland -- the happiest place on earth -- but there is a darker side to Anaheim where high crime stats make this place unsafe at night in certain parts of the city.
Located in San Bernardino County, the small town of Rialto comes in at number 8 due to its high community risk factors that lead to crime including poverty, homelessness, and unemployment.
7. Santa Ana
Santa Ana shows up on this list due to ranking quite high in community risk factors including poverty and unemployment. These factors lead to a much greater risk for crime in the city.
6. Los Angeles
For such a big city, it might surprise you that Los Angeles isn't higher up on this list. Thankfully, Los Angeles has made quite an investment in its police force which has helped keep crime at a lower rate than you might expect. Unfortunately, its danger factor still puts this city in the top 10.
5. Long Beach
You may be surprised to see Long Beach on the list, but violence and property crimes have spiked in recent years. According to
, violent crimes have increased by 20% in Long Beach.
Sorry Riverside. We know you've cleaned up your act in many areas of the city, but you still come in at number 4 on this list due to higher crime rates in comparison to other cities in SoCal.
Placing in the top three in Southern California is Inglewood. Although this city has increased its police protection over time, high crime rates in Inglewood are what put this city on the list.
With homicide up by 70% from previous years in Pomona, it's no wonder this city shows up at number two on the list of most dangerous cities after dark.
1. San Bernardino
Coming in at number one is San Bernardino. Contributing factors include having one of the highest crime rates in Southern California combined with the city's low investment in police protection.
I bet there were a few spots you didn’t expect to show up on this list. And were you also shocked by some locations that were absent?
For more sobering facts about Southern California, you should take a look at the
10 drunkest cities in SoCal.