Los Angeles is crime-ridden and it could get worse
In a similar vein to San Francisco, another American city known for its wealth and high-culture is rapidly descending into chaos.
Burglars, without fear of law enforcement, are forcing their way into LA’s luxury stores and helping themselves to what is inside.
Jewelry store inside a shopping center in LA, targeted today in a smash-and-grab pic.twitter.com/BcEnLRH40w— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) December 3, 2021
There have also been reports of the wealthy and famous being followed to their homes, as Jacqueline Avant, the philanthropist and wife of famous musician Clarence Avant, was shot dead in her Beverly Hills property.
Music legend Clarence Avant's wife, Jacqueline, has been tragically killed in a home invasion. Join me in sending prayers to the Avant family as they grieve this unspeakable loss 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/93sSXrJHMU— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) December 1, 2021
While it is a phenomenon that has been building up for a couple of years now, the more recent incidents are unignorable, and concerns over what could be to come are only intensifying.
“The fact that this has happened, her being shot and killed in her own home, after giving, sharing, and caring for 81 years has shaken the laws of the Universe,” Oprah Winfrey tweeted. “The world is upside down.”
It is not the highest rate of crime seen in LA, a city which endured the infamous gang wars of the 1990s.
However, they are on the rise, as they are in other cities across the USA.
A lot of the criminal activity has been taking place in more deprived communities, which could serve to explain why the issue has previously received less coverage.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, crime has spread to the more affluent areas of the city, as political tensions build.
so our cars got robbed this morning because Los Angeles is a crime riddled 3rd world shithole of a city but tremendous appreciation and gratitude to the hardworking officers at the @LAPDWestLA who not only arrested the motherfucker but they got all of our stolen goods back— Casey Neistat (@Casey) November 24, 2021
Seth Rogen, who has lived in the city for 20 years, has a more optimistic perception of the city he calls home. “It’s called living in a big city,” the actor said in response to another resident venting at his car being broken into.
Dude I’ve lived here for over 20 years. You’re nuts haha. It’s lovely here. Don’t leave anything valuable in it. It’s called living in a big city.— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) November 24, 2021