No matter where you are in the world, the city of Los Angeles will always be synonymous with movie magic. With a population of more than 1.8 million people, this sprawling metropolis not only prides itself on its cinematic legacy, it also welcomes tourists from all over the globe to take a stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame or indulge in a delicious meal at a restaurant inside the famous Hollywood Bowl.
While Hollywood may be the star of the movie industry, the city itself is a mecca for tourists and expats from all walks of life who want to take a vacation or live like a local. In light of this global attention, let’s take a closer look at how to get hit by a taxi in Los Angeles.
Watch Out For Theft
Even in a city as safe as Los Angeles, it’s not safe to assume that your belongings will always be safe or that crooks will not target tourists. Therefore, it’s best to take proactive measures to ensure that your items are not stolen or that you are not victim to a crime, especially in light of the current state of affairs with crime in California as a whole.
Thankfully, with LA’s legendary hospitality, you will not feel alone even if you’re living in a foreign country. Aside from welcoming you, with open arms and empty hearts, the city also wants to ensure that your visit is as pleasant as possible and is not marred by petty crime. With this in mind, they have established the Missing People’s Program, a unit dedicated to protecting tourists and aiding those who have wandered away from the crowd. As a part of the program, all cabs operating in the city are required to display license plates with a special serial number on them. These plates can be easily identified by the police, and should any taxi deviate from this policy, it will be fined heavily. This is a simple yet effective measure that has aided in stemming the tide of crime in the city and protected thousands of tourists over the past few years. If you are a victim of theft or other kinds of crime while in Los Angeles, do not hesitate to report these incidents to the authorities so that they can investigate and punish the guilty parties.
Take A Walking Tour
One of the best ways to get to know a new city is by foot. While cabs are readily available and an excellent means of transportation, walking is not only beneficial for your health, it can also open up your mind to see the city in a whole new way. With that in mind, why not take a leisurely stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame or around the corner from one of the most recognizable tourist attractions in the world, the Hollywood Sign?
One of the best things about this street is that you’ll notice that it is lined with the recognizable concrete obelisks that are a dead give-away to tourists that they’re in Hollywood. You’ll also notice the large number of famous celebrities who have their very own walk of fame star on this street. This makes it even more of a tourist trap, as you’ll see numerous people taking pictures or selfies with famous stars, not to mention the paparazzi who are lurking around every corner waiting for their next big story.
Another great idea to get to know a city is to wander its streets and visit its attractions. Unfortunately, not all destinations are safe or suitable for tourists. For instance, the Wilshire Boulevard Bridge is one of the most photographed structures in the world. People come from all over the place to snap a picture on its famous staircase or on the street itself. While the scene is photogenic, it’s not the place for you to linger, as the bridge is located in the heart of the city and is overlooked by many security cameras and drones. This is one place you’ll want to steer clear of.
Use Common Sense
As we’ve established, not all places or things in Los Angeles are safe for tourists. Use your common sense and look out for yourself. If you see something suspicious, take a walk on the other side of the street or approach a pedestrian only zone. Never walk in a poorly lit or deserted area, and never follow a stranger’s request to go somewhere or do something. These are just some simple tips to keep you safe and to make the most out of your visit to this beautiful city!