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- West Covina
I feel like I should cue up the theme song for the CW *show “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” to introduce you to West Covina, California.
Cue it up on YouTube if you’d like, as it sure will help set the scene.
This is a very ethnically diverse community with Caucasians making up just 11% of the demographics.
At 53%, Latinos/Hispanics dominate the city and the Asian population is almost 30%.
The average income here is $83,000 and homes go for an average of half a million dollars.
The majority of hotels you’ll find will be conveniently located along the San Bernardino Freeway (AKA – The 10).
The city is a shopping haven with three centers to explore.
Hong Kong Plaza has the best in Asian dining and shopping.
There’s also a Japanese food specialty store in the South Hills neighborhood.
The city is also rich with public parts from one end to the other, offering many activities to explore in the beautiful West Covina weather.
*I feel as though I should explain Crazy Ex-Girlfriend to those who haven’t seen it.
It’s a musical comedy about a woman who moves across the country to the same town, West Covina, as her ex-boyfriend, but reiterates she “didn’t move here for Josh.”
It’s quite a hit with the younger generations.
It ran for four years before coming to an end in 2019.
It won several Emmys and Golden Globes, among other awards, during its reign.
Warnings & Dangers in West Covina
OVERALL RISK: LOW
There's a low overall risk here. The city has lower than average crime rates, a healthy income within its population, and plenty of coffee shops and parks.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK: LOW
Throughout West Covina, you have the Go West Shuttle that goes to some major shopping destinations and community centers. The fare is only a dollar each way. You also have access to Foothill Transit and Metrolink. There are traditional rideshare services and commuter rideshare services here. Traditional taxis are also available. All come with low risk.
PICKPOCKETS RISK: LOW
With just three reports of pickpockets in 2020, the risk is low in West Covina. You still shouldn't let your guard down, as theft was the only crime above the national average, but your car is more likely to be a victim of theft than your wallet.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK: MEDIUM
The city has an emergency plan for all kinds of disasters, including the following natural disasters - earthquakes, landslides, floods, wildfires, and windstorms. There's a medium risk because of all the things that can happen, even though it doesn't happen all that often.
MUGGING RISK: LOW
Only 72 robberies happened in West Covina - a town of more than 100,000 people - during 2020. 14 of those were highway robberies, which is a robbery in public places. You can feel safe here with low risk, but with so many shopping areas bustling with people, don't throw caution to the wind.
TERRORISM RISK: MEDIUM
There's a medium risk just because it's part of the second-largest metropolitan area in the country and there are a lot of terrorism sweet spots, like military bases and major attractions. That's part of the emergency management plan if you want to read about it on the fire department's website.
SCAMS RISK: LOW
There's a low risk of being scammed here as a visitor. The most commonly reported scams are from residents. If you do see a potential scam happening, call the Fraud Hotline at (844)529-8292.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK: LOW
Women don't have any more reason than a man to be worried about traveling here, as long as you're using basic safety protocols.
TAP WATER RISK: LOW
There's a low risk for tap water use in West Covina. The water itself meets or exceeds all state and federal standards. The city is also working to replace the entire water distribution system as many parts are at the end of life. Water quality can also change quickly after a storm or wildfire, so check for water quality updates during your visit.
Safest Places to Visit in West Covina
Downtown West Covina is along Glendora Avenue, and it’s also where several of the main shopping areas are located.
It’s not a traditional downtown setting, but it’s more like an urbanized main drag through a city.
There are so many shopping areas.
Here’s a list:
- Eastland Center:
Big box stores like Target, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Sprouts Farmer’s Market
- McIntyre Square:
More local eateries and services than a shopping destination
- Plaza West Covina:
Traditional indoor American shopping mall
- Quail Ridge Shopping Center:
This is a better place to go when you need a pharmacy or personal items at the CVS or grocery store
- South Hills Plaza:
Strip mall with fitness center, Japanese specialty store, retail and beauty stores, and business park
- Hong Kong Plaza:
A wide variety of Asian restaurant choices, with some specialty stores mixed in Big League Dreams, is perfect for young baseball and softball players.
The fields are built to be miniature replicas of big-league fields.
There’s dining on the property and batting cages.
Take in a game while you’re visiting and dream of swinging for the fences.
There are golf courses and many neighborhood parks to explore as well.
Places to Avoid in West Covina
The west side of town has higher crime rates compared to all other areas, so the closer you get to Baldwin Park, the higher the rates go.
However, keep in mind that a higher crime rate in a low-crime city, so it’s not saying “Don’t ever drive through there!”
The one thing about West Covina is, aside from the shopping and parks, there’s just not much else to do there.
Even the locals get bored sometimes.
You have to leave the city to do more exciting things, and that could take you through some dangerous areas.
Avoid going through a city you haven’t done some basic crime research on, especially at night.
As of 2021, there was a trend of cars getting tires and catalytic converters stolen.
It’s a good idea to get a car with wheel locks.
When a car’s tires get stolen, it’s hard to get them towed – since there are no tires.
Preventative action really can save you a big headache of waiting for a tow with a flatbed or going to a tire shop and having to install the new tires where they were stolen.
Safety Tips for Traveling to West Covina
- You can check daily crime reports through a crime mapping system on the West Covina Police Department website. It’s a great way to check the safety of the area where you’ll be staying during your visit.
- Some of the shopping areas have restrictions on what you can wear, like sagging pants that show underwear, or shirts with indecent messages on them. There are group size restrictions, so travel with 5 people or less. Don’t leave a bag unattended for even a few minutes, as security and/or police could search or seize it.
- It’s not uncommon to see a coyote in West Covina, but don’t freak out if you see one. They aren’t normally aggressive toward humans and will probably be out of sight before you can say out loud “Is that a coyote?” You should report any coyote sightings to the city. If you’re staying in a rental home, don’t leave food outside or let small dogs and cats outside while unattended.
- It’s a good idea to study up earthquake safety so you’re a little more prepared, even if a small quake hits. You might feel a rumble from the earth from time to time in West Covina. This region is a very active seismic zone, and a small earthquake isn’t out of the question. Locals are used to this and will minimally react to it.
- While you’re at it, study up on wildfires as well. There are limits to what you can burn at local parks, even down to barbecue pits, during extreme fire conditions. The winds are critical to how fast or slow a wildfire can spread. Educate yourself so you won’t be panicked if a massive fire is burning nearby, which, sadly, is becoming more common each year in Southern California.
- You cannot set off fireworks in West Covina any time of year, even around the 4th of July. Some SoCal cities allow “safe and sane” fireworks to be used, but not West Covina. You can face up to a $2000 fine for setting off illegal fireworks. Attend one of the holiday displays around the 4th, or you can go to Disneyland and see them every night.
- If you see a crime happening in West Covina, you can report it via text. Text the crime info and TIPWCPD to 847411 (TIP411). This is an anonymous report.
- Traffic in Los Angeles and surrounding cities are notorious for being backed up for miles. Be patient, plan extra time to your destination, and don’t instigate or get involved with road rage.
- If you see graffiti while it’s being sprayed on, call 911. If you provide information that leads to an arrest, you can get $100 from the West Covina Police.
- You can get updated crime information during your stay by signing up for Nixle.com. These alerts come in real-time from the local and county law enforcement. It’s free to use and easy to delete when you return home.
So... How Safe Is West Covina Really?
It’s a safe, but not all that exciting, city.
Here’s how the risk of you being a victim of a crime breaks down:
- Violent Crime: 1 in 531
- Robbery: 1 in 1520
- Theft: 1 in 72
The city does have its fair share of car thefts and thefts from cars.
More than $2.3 million in stolen cars were reported in 2020 and more than half of the thefts reported were from cars or auto accessories.
It’s imperative to lock your car with an anti-theft device on the steering wheel and have wheel locks.
You should also never leave anything in a car unattended, including a GPS holder.
“As for West Covina, it’s alright but it borders La Puente and Baldwin Park on the west.
I’d stay away from those borders.”
“Not much in West Covina as far as cool stuff to do, unless you like Ikea.
It’s largely a commuter suburb.
Nice enough place, just not where you go to have your mind blown.”
Well, I do have one little mind-blowing fun fact.
The pool scene from Boogie Nights was filmed in West Covina.
I’ll give you the address if you promise to only drive by and not go on private property, okay?
19515 E Cameron Ave, West Covina, CA.
How Does West Covina Compare?
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If you got through customs with your Visa, you're all set in West Covina. No additional ID is needed.
You'll use the U.S. Dollar here for all purchases, and credit cards are widely accepted, so there's little need to carry cash around.
Throughout the year, temperatures are going to range from highs in the 70s to 90s, and lows won't generally get above the low 60s and can get down to the 40s during the winter. You'll want to dress in layers and plan for potential winds. You don't want to lose your favorite baseball cap to a windstorm. I once lost a hat while during hurricane coverage in Florida and I chased it for a good half a mile before I finally got it back.
Ontario International Airport is 21 miles east. Los Angeles International Airport is 36 miles west, but as I'm writing this it's rush hour in L.A., and looking at the map, that trip would take you 90 minutes. Welcome to L.A. traffic. San Bernardino's airport is 48 miles east. Orange County's John Wayne airport is 90 minutes south. Hollywood Burbank Airport is more than an hour northwest.
You'll want travel insurance for a trip to West Covina to avoid any weather-related delays.
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