Writer/Art designer “East Los Angeles” at ThisIsBy.us has some tips he’s learned from having to walk around four different gang territories in his neighborhood.
Always walk with your hands out of your pockets! The last thing you want is fuckers thinking your packing heat or can of paint… Walk at a normal pace, and never say “whats up” to people you don’t know…
On avoiding being “taxed” (mugged), he says he “would usually take off any jewelery and hide it under my cap.”
He also says to watch out for cars that are driving at night without their headlights on – they could be prepping for a driveby – but while you should look for safety, don’t run.
“Running seems to send the bullets your way.”
And in the worse case scenario you do get shot, either run away really fast, “or pretend that your dead, the last thing they want is a witness.”