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We've lived in Harbor City for 5 years. (I used to live in Silverlake east Hollywood area), I find the police helicopter thing is common in most urban L.A. cities. We live near the Ken Malloy park (where Reggie the alligator was found), and this borders Wilmington which is a horribly violent city—but the park buffers us from that gang crime.

Would I recommend moving here: no.

I'm not unhappy here and don't feel horribly unsafe, but I'm looking for somewhere better.

The nice part is that it's close to Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, the 110 freeway, San Pedro beach areas.

— Larry
July 4, 2012 at 11:20 p.m.

omg we are planing to move in harbor city, Is it really not a good idea?

— sam family
January 30, 2012 at 10:09 p.m.

Harbor City's eastern border with Wilmington makes it the ideal crime location for the Wilmas miscreants. It is no place to safely raise a family. You really have to live west of Western Ave. in Torrance and use Harbor City as a crime buffer zone. Even the criminals know that Torrance police profile the drivers and their cars.

— Heidi W.
July 23, 2011 at 11:02 a.m.

Wilmas is a way better city.

— Dr. Greenthumb
January 13, 2011 at 4:19 p.m.

TR is right, the low-flying helicopters are completely out of control in Harbor City and many other cities in LA and OC. When the Los Angeles Times finally decides it has a spine, then you might hear about what is actually going on in SoCal. youtube is much a better source to keep up on "what's going on out there" tipoftheday. NonLethal Technology + Corrupt Law Enforcement = Unavoidable Disaster

— tipguy
September 30, 2010 at 12:20 p.m.

I have lived in the area for a decade and all that time there have been car thefts, car break-ins (including mine), shootings, and frequent low flying police helicopters. I would not recommend the area for family people or the elderly, maybe for tougher young people. Right now, as I write, a helicopter is buzzing low overhead.

— TR
September 29, 2010 at 10:01 p.m.

I grew up in Torrance and moved to Harbor City a few years ago. It is a very nice area. Looking at the statistics given it is very clear that once we get the information from the 2010 census things will be different. There is a helicopter time to time, but nothing that makes me fear my life. Great neighborhood and getting better every year.

— Andrew
May 20, 2010 at 5:37 p.m.

I lived in HC from 1944 to 1980. I am Mexican-American and saw the Latino and Black gangs grow correspondingly with the associated crimes of drug dealing, using, and violence. It became scary and the final straw was when a boy was shot and killed next door during a barrio party on our street.

I moved away because the quality of life in HC was unbearable. I now live far away and am glad... but sad for HC ...and America.

— James Jorquez
April 4, 2010 at 9:29 a.m.

I lived in Harbor City during the early part of the decade. I really like the community and I miss it so. There are some spots that are eyesores but there are some parts that borders along Lomita that's okay. And being close to Redondo Beach was a great appeal to me. I can't speak for others but I never had any issues with crime but it all depends on where you live.

— TT
December 21, 2009 at 3:12 p.m.

I have lived in the Harbor City area of Los Angeles for most of my 46 years. I attended Fleming Jr. High (now a middle school), and Narbonne High.

Harbor City was a relatively safe city with low crime and good neighbors. Over the past fifteen years though, I have watched as the area has declined. Harbor City has gone the way of the rest of Los Angeles. I no longer feel safe walking the streets, gangs are moving in to the area in large numbers, and as our good neighbors have moved out, the bad have moved in.

My family and I have had enough of Harbor City (and California as well), and so we are moving out of the state in just two days.

— DK
November 27, 2009 at 5:59 p.m.

Harbor city was my home from 1947 to 1990. Our family had a grocery business in town. It was a good place for middle class families to live. My gang was a bunch of neighbor kids, we liked to play army in the gully near are homes in the pines. Went to 259th elementary school, Fleming and Narbonne. When I got married and had a child, there was no way I was sending her to LA City schools. Packed up and moved to the suburbs of Portland Oregon. We are now in a beautiful part of the country on 7 acres. Enjoy LA ,you can have it.

— GG
November 6, 2009 at 9:11 a.m.

Harbor City- neither a harbor nor a city. LA's red-headed stepchild; the crazy aunt locked up in the attic; pawn in the political game to swallow up San Pedro. Abused, ignored, then forgotten.

— FM
September 13, 2009 at 4:04 p.m.

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