Mort

Albuquerque, NM

#27 Oct 14, 2006
So, I travel to LA occasionally and wanted to see for myself what Compton looks like. Would it be a dangerous thing to drive down Compton Ave mid day?
Aztec

United States

#28 Oct 15, 2006
Puma wrote:
Seems like everyone is afraid of compton, inglewood watts and such places, i mean theres no pics of these places, or do anyone know a page where theres pics of these places, other than beverly hills and downtown.
i don't think anyone is afraid of these places its just who wants to get beat up or killed walking down the street.
Mort

Albuquerque, NM

#29 Oct 15, 2006
I agree, being in a car is probably safer than walking down the street. However, I had a business trip to Manhattan Beach last month with time to spare, and so I took a casual drive east on Rosecrans. The landscape changed dramatically, and once I hit the 101, I just couldn't go any further and did a quick U. Afterward, I wondered if I was really in any danger, and did a little web searching. It seems that car jacking is a common occurance, often an initiation rite for gang-bangers. The outcome can be violent, and below is an excerpt from a crime prevention site I came upon.

Prevent Being Car Jacked:

Imagine having someone walk up to you while you're sitting in your car at a traffic light, thrust a gun or knife in your face, and take your car from you. Or having your vehicle taken from you while you are parked (even in your own driveway), or while you're getting gas. This new crime is called "carjacking." It can happen anywhere, not just in traditional "high crime" neighborhoods, and it is just as likely to occur during the daylight as it is after dark.

Why is carjacking on the increase?
Parked cars, especially luxury models equipped with sophisticated, built-in alarm systems and theft-deterrent devices, are becoming harder to steal. Car thieves find it much easier to steal a car while the owner is there, with the keys in the ignition, than to try to break into a well-alarmed, locked car.

Anybody can be a target. While most carjackers look for sleek, powerful, luxury-model cars to steal and sell, others will go after any easy target of opportunity, sometimes just on an impulse for a joy ride.

How can you avoid being carjacked?
While there is no guaranteed way of avoiding being carjacked, there are some common-sense precautions you can take to put the odds in your favor:
- Before you enter your car, be alert to any activity near you. Pay attention to your surroundings.
- When approaching your car to enter it, have your key in your hand. Check the handles, locks, and back seat before entering.
- If there is someone loitering near your unoccupied car as you approach it, keep walking until they leave.

Once you're in your car, you should:
- Keep your doors and windows locked.
- Stay out of high crime areas, especially after dark.
- Be suspicious of people approaching your car asking for directions or change, or giving out flyers.
- When stopping in traffic, leave enough distance between your car and the one in front of you, so you can pull away quickly if necessary.
- If a suspicious-looking person approaches your car, drive away carefully. If you are driving home, and there's somebody walking down the street that you don't recognize, drive around the block and come back after that person has left.
- If another driver bumps your car, or your tire goes flat, keep your doors and windows closed and wait for help or the police to arrive; or drive slowly to the nearest police station.
- Be alert when using drive-up automated teller (ATM) machines.
- If you have a cellular telephone, call for help.
- If you are confronted, don't resist, let the thief have your car. No vehicle is worth being seriously injured or killed for.
abhisaar - london

Worcester, UK

#30 Oct 21, 2006
u know what right...everyday i hear like yh compton gangsta hood gun shots red blue n all that stuff. people say it as if its a good thing, n those that are in the gangs act like they really seen everythin. well they aint seen shit man trust me i lived in NEW DEHLI - INDIA for 8 years n like on the side u can see cars on like fire n stuff sometimes...there's riots going on every where, forget drive by's n stuff like everyday there were HUGE like gang wars n even normal people would jus pick up something n jus start going crazy n at th end it turns out to be police vs non- police....n now not like its getting better u see people walking around with body parts missing and bombs being blowed up people dying......how can people like THE GAME or all these rappers n bloods n crips compare to that.....compton nothin compared to what happens there everyday its nothing compared to places like NEW DEHLI, BOMBAY, KASHMIR(border of pakistan and india) AFGHANISTAN, BHAGDAD yh u know wat i mean?? those type of places i mean the rappers just make things worse by saying yh this n that n try to act like they seen everything....

thanx for reading this if u do
abhisaar

Worcester, UK

#31 Oct 21, 2006
^^^^ up there i dont know what its on about "dorking" forget that bit i live in hounslow..sorry if i spelt anything wrong n stuff i jus wrote it in a hurry
MrJ

United States

#32 Oct 21, 2006
Families today have two parents working jobs full time just to squeeze out rent or a house payment and one square meal a day for their kids. The problem with a city run down through the years, unable to repair itself without the proper management, is that the kids won't respect it. It's hard enough for the adults to deal with it. So the damage just gets worse with graffiti and vandalism done by a bunch of money poor, bored kids with nothing better to do after school.
Gang bangers make things much worse than they need to be, like the mafia in Chicago in the 20’s. But without a police force and community willing to eliminate the problem completely, these will continue to be the daytime role models for our kids. Someone should point out to the kids that 99% of the gang members grow out of it someday, more so than smokers and alcoholics.
Compton, Lynwood, Southgate, could all take a lesson from Paramount. They seem to have people managing their city pretty well these days. I remember when Paramount was as big a mess as the rest of us, not but 10 years ago.
By the way, I'm a white boy, lived in Lynwood on and off for 40 years now. Great location, close to Downtown, reasonable rent, good neighbors, ok schools. What has race got to do with anything? Other than some of the brown kids want to keep shooting at some of the browner kids, and visa-versa. You don’t see us grown-ups acting that way.
I honestly believe Compton, Lynwood and the rest have a lot of potential. 40 Years ago they were posh cities, the place everyone wanted to be. Someday it could be that way again.
Compton aka the hub city

Hawaiian Gardens, CA

#34 Oct 26, 2006
abhisaar - london wrote:
u know what right...everyday i hear like yh compton gangsta hood gun shots red blue n all that stuff. people say it as if its a good thing, n those that are in the gangs act like they really seen everythin. well they aint seen shit man trust me i lived in NEW DEHLI - INDIA for 8 years n like on the side u can see cars on like fire n stuff sometimes...there's riots going on every where, forget drive by's n stuff like everyday there were HUGE like gang wars n even normal people would jus pick up something n jus start going crazy n at th end it turns out to be police vs non- police....n now not like its getting better u see people walking around with body parts missing and bombs being blowed up people dying......how can people like THE GAME or all these rappers n bloods n crips compare to that.....compton nothin compared to what happens there everyday its nothing compared to places like NEW DEHLI, BOMBAY, KASHMIR(border of pakistan and india) AFGHANISTAN, BHAGDAD yh u know wat i mean?? those type of places i mean the rappers just make things worse by saying yh this n that n try to act like they seen everything....
thanx for reading this if u do
True I live in Compton and Compton is not that bad any more like in the 1990s it was bad for real you use to see hoes,gangbangers, drug dealers everywere and the police didnt care about it who was getting rob or kill. Today you only hear gun shoots everyday but it has changed in the 90s it was all day know you hear gun shoots everyday but only at night. Compton is not that violent like a normal city we have carjacking and people getting kill or rob. People who say Compton is another Iraq they are lying living in Compton for 17 years I have only gotten rob 19 times, and my house dosent that much bullet hoes in the houses. What a like about Compton the police dosent take nothing emergency in other word the police dosent care nothing what people are doing in the streets.Houses are expensive in Compton though
bloodbanga

Mount Vernon, NY

#35 Oct 31, 2006
come to brooklyn lil nikka bk all day lil nikka we ride tha 5 out here son we dont play come to brownsville vandie projects
compton_84

United States

#37 Nov 4, 2006
COMPTON IS THE CITY OF CAR JACKIN AND HOME OF DA DRIVE-BY GEAH BUT IM SAYIN THO IT WASN'T ROUGH LIKE IT USED TO BE THO BAK IN THE DAY IT WAS SO ROUGH YOU COULN'T WALK IN HERE LOOKIN NORMAL OR THEY WOULD HAVE GOT YOU CUZ U GOTTA BE HARD GROWIN UP IN THIS HOOD AND TO MUCH HARDNESS DOWN HERE WILL GET YOU POPPED JUST PUT IT LIKE THIS U CANT BE NO PUNK DOWN HERE AND STILL IF YOU SAY SOMETHING SLICK YOU GONNA GET YO BACK SHOT OFF I LIVE IN CRIPS NEIGHBORHOOD ITS STILL ROUGH ROUND HERE THOUGH DONT COME IN COLORS IF YOU DONT WANNA BE SMOKED LOKE! WESTSIDE!
south bay

Maiden, NC

#38 Nov 6, 2006
compton is horrible i am surprised its not the worse city in america not good place to live so many gangs there if u go there all u see is gun store liquir store gun store liquir store 13 year old kids are ignorant and bad. city is out of control New york is improving why can't we. point is Compton will never change kids will always be killed in drive byes gang fights any thing. its made its mark as a horrible city, BUT it has improved 75% in murders this year. i think its a fluke lucky year for the police department.
south bay

Maiden, NC

#39 Nov 6, 2006
Compton sucks as a city it horrible dont go there unless u live there nuttin to see but a hole bunch of stupid nigg** killin each other all day every day kids grow up killin. its not like a atlanta hood every now and then or new york just a couple drug dealer, no no no no hispanic shootin each other but most of all nigg** killin each other people dont have hearts in compton dont have a soul they'll kill any body even there cousin over a stupid color. its rudiculous you want to see a ghetto go to compton are there any good places to live down there i know they arn't any good school systems i dont care where u live there all ways knuckleheads with big mouths runnin around with their puerile behavior uhhhh!
south bay

Maiden, NC

#40 Nov 6, 2006
Compton is Ghetto, poor, if it wasn't for compton black people would not be as ignorant as they are now Newyork get s alot of that blame also ny and compton are the founders of black people killing each other brooklyn and compton are cities that will never change i took a peak at there crime rates terrible i wasn't amazed at how high comptons crime was but brooklyn 500 Auto thefts in 8 months are u kidding me. compton over 100 murders are u serious and they said its gone down 75% apparently not ive been to east los angeles didn't feel comfortable in that area, i was parinoid but i don't think im ever going to compton. "Compton the writer above compton not going to get better that a dream home of gangbangers, they were apart of the Crack Epidemic in the 80's including Newyork and houston compton simply has too many bad things going on espeically with hispanic coming and gangbangin and creatin more violence i am surprised that st . louis is named most dangerous city, thats an opinion, Compton has to be most dangerous city the crime rates i saw. point is Compton sucks friend used to live down there showed me pictures of where she lived nooooooooooo. worst ghetto ive seen. Menace to Soceity really explains compton
000000rty

Maiden, NC

#41 Nov 6, 2006
atl shorty
000000rty

Maiden, NC

#42 Nov 6, 2006
what is it called south bay vandie projects........jason your gay u didn't do your homework so i had to take a zero also hey lets post a thousand times
000000rty

Maiden, NC

#44 Nov 6, 2006
Compton's gangstar i wish i was from compton so i could be a crip BlAAAAAAAAAAT!!!! Killa lol hay hold up we dont live in Hilde..bran Nc where is that any way. we live in Atl shorty lol
south bay

Maiden, NC

#45 Nov 6, 2006
stop tellin people where we live bankhead.
south bay

Maiden, NC

#46 Nov 6, 2006
47 miller gang if u blood throw it up Compton is a African American iraq they be bombs settin off in shiTZ lol hahahahaahahhhhhhhhaha
000000rty

Maiden, NC

#47 Nov 6, 2006
lol hahahahahahahahah that was funny hell yea do dog people gettin shot ahhahhahahahahahhahah lol dude yo we sound like white boy "Dude" hay "dude"lol ahahahahaahahahhahah um people get shot like "totally" "Narly" i was like whoa she was like whoa and he was liKe WHOOOAAAAA! LO LAAAHHAHFAHAHAHFHAHFHAHF
000000rty

Maiden, NC

#48 Nov 6, 2006
bloodbanga wrote:
come to brooklyn lil nikka bk all day lil nikka we ride tha 5 out here son we dont play come to brownsville vandie projects
YOUR DUMB FAKE NEWYORKER YOUR NOT HARD ROUND HERE DOWN SOUTH YOULL GET BURNT NEWYORK AINT SHIT U JUST MADE UP SOME PROJECT NAME I SELL YO MOM EIGHT BALL S SHES A CUSTOMER HOMIE PROBABLY DONT EVEN KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS.
lol

Steinbach, Canada

#49 Nov 6, 2006
i AM compton lol

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