Major crime continues to be almost non-existent at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), according to recently released police statistics covering the first half of the year.
In the category of Part I crime, which includes all major categories of crime against persons, no robberies were reported from January through June this year compared to one in 2008. There was one aggravated assault reported in mid-year 2010 resulting in an arrest, compared to none in mid-year 2009. No homicides or rapes were reported in mid-year 2010 or 2009, results show.
The total number of crimes has decreased six percent to 1,146 incidents during the first six months of 2010 from 1,222 incidents during the same period in 2009. The total number of arrests decreased slightly by one percent from 674 in mid-year 2009 to 664 in mid-year 2010.
“LAX continues to be one of the safest airports in the world, and one of the safest areas in all of Southern California,” Los Angeles Airport Police Chief George R. Centeno said.
“The total number of major crimes against persons is remarkably low, given over 28.7 million travelers used LAX the first half of this year — a 4.85 percent increase over the same period last year. Including non-traveling visitors and airport workers, we estimate 236,000 people passed through LAX on an average day.”
Reports of Part I property crime, considered the more common type of crime at the airport, decreased six percent to 393 incidents in mid-year 2010 compared to 417 mid-year incidents last year, police said. Larceny (theft from individuals) — the largest category of property crime n dropped 10 percent to 343 incidents in mid-year 2010.
Crime involving vehicles slightly increased in mid-year 2010 compared to mid-year 2009, with 19 reports of burglaries from locked vehicles.
There were four reports of motor vehicle theft in mid-year 2010, an increase of one incident from the same time last year.
In Part-II Crime, miscellaneous offenses — the largest single statistical category — decreased nine percent to 699 incidents in mid-year 2010, primarily as a result of increased proactive law enforcement, as well as increased federal passenger and checked-luggage screening measures, police noted.
The number of batteries increased to 28 incidents in mid-year 2010 compared to 21 incidents in mid-year 2009. Reports of vehicle vandalism from all airport parking facilities, including employee parking lots, also increased to 25 incidents in mid-year 2010 from 19 last year.
“I commend the ongoing professionalism and dedication to duty by our officers, knowing that favorable statistics such as these only happen when officers work hard over a sustained period of time and commit to protecting LAX,” Centeno said.