NYC v LA Round 12: Crime

If you want to read what this series of posts is all about, go here.


So I thought I’d do a pros and cons for each of the cities (NYC and LA) based on 15 categories of my choosing – i.e the kind of things that are important to me about a place that I chose to live. For example, since I don’t have any children, so you won’t see “education” on the list, but I do love to eat sandwiches, so “food” will definitely be on the list.

Keep in mind these are MY pros and cons…pros and cons that I have come to after living in LA for five years (2000 – 2005) and then living in New York for five years (2005 – 2010).  This is intended to be a fun (and funny) list, and is not to be taken seriously, but I hope some of you, especially those of you who have lived in both places (or experienced them) will enjoy it. Come back tomorrow for Round 13.

12.  CRIME

This one is simple if I base it on personal experience.

In LA my car stereo was stolen (sort of my fault, I left the car unlocked accidentally).  A year later my car was stolen from right in front of my apartment (not my fault).

Nothing has been stolen from me in New York.  Advantage:  NYC



  1. Ben Cohen’s avatar

    Because you no longer have a car…sorry you walked right into that one.

  2. Jacen’s avatar

    According to

    LA leads NY in violent and property crime but violent crime in NY is still way above the national average. NYC definitely gets the advantage.

  3. 1979semifinalist’s avatar

    Ben: There’s some truth to that. But, and I didn’t say this in my post becuase it seemed too grim…but a bodega owner that my roommate and I knew in LA was also shot and killed – just two blocks from our apartment. Now it’s true that I knew more people in LA than I do in NYC so maybe the odds were against me, but again, nothing like that has happened to anyone I know in NYC. So NYC still wins for making me feel more safe.

    Jacen: Makes sense. But it still feels to me somehow like NYC is safer.

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