As a representative from So Cal, we have no crime here to speak of. I mean in the last 4 years, nobody has torn my bullet proof vest, punctured my bullet proof windows, or tried to steal the Glock 22 or Sig Sauer .45 cal from my lap!
I drive near that neighborhood to get my school on a daily basis. (N. Tryon to Plaza then Eizabeth AVE) I am not surprised at all. Unfortunately our campus is open (due it being in the middle of the city) and we have daily issues with people hanging out there with guns that don't even go the campus, car jacking, sexual assaults. Which is why I refuse to take night classes and I am so thankful for all the on campus police.
Fortunately my place isn't too close to that area.
All we have in Missouri is meth labs....sometimes the peace is disturbed by one of the labs blowing up. I don't live near any large cites...maybe a blessing to just sit and watch the grass grow and the peaceful sound of meth labs blowing up!
If all else fails.....follow the directions!!