Just wanting to check out the safety of the area, we'll be staying at the Doubletree westside on a 24 stop over to NYC from Australia. We were hoping to spend most of that time probably in Santa Monica. What kind of things should we be careful of whilst visiting the area in the evening ie looking for a place to eat? Does it get dangerous after a certain time/are there places we should avoid in general. I understand crime etc can be anywhere, but just would like to know if there are particular things we should be wary of.
Thanks in advance