Despite an increase in passenger volume, Los Angeles International Airport experienced a decrease of 5.5 percent in the number of crimes reported last year, airport police said.

According to 2010 statistics released by Los Angeles Airport Police Feb. 11, the total number of reported crimes dropped to 2,308 in 2010 from 2,444 reports in the previous year. Major crime dropped 4.9 percent to 809 incidents last year from 851 incidents in 2009.

The total number of arrests made at the airport decreased by four percent to 1,347 in 2010 from 1,407 in 2009. But police noted that one arrest often resolved several reported crimes.

Police added that the drop in crime occurred while passenger volume rose 4.5 percent to over 59 million last year.

“The reduction in crime at LAX is testimony to the hard work and dedication of the Airport Police and to our commitment to public safety in and around the airport,” Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said. “We continue to invest in layers of security to ensure safe, efficient travel for the tens of millions of travelers who fly through LAX every year – their safety is top priority.”

In the category of Part I Crime Against Persons, which includes all major categories of crime against persons, there were no homicides or rapes reported for the fifth consecutive year, while two robberies were reported and four aggravated assaults were reported in 2010, with one arrest.

“LAX is one of the safest, high-density and high-traffic areas in the city of Los Angeles with the total number of crimes against persons being remarkably low, given over 59 million travelers used LAX in 2010,” Airport Police Chief George R. Centeno said. “The crime statistics are a direct testament to the dedication and commitment to duty demonstrated by the men and women of Los Angeles Airport Police.”

Reports of Part I Crime Against Property, described as the more common type of crime that affects the quality of passengers’ experiences, decreased six percent to 803 incidents in 2010 from 850 in 2009. Larceny (theft from individuals), the largest category of property crime, dropped seven percent to 709 incidents in 2010 from 766 in 2009, while there were 14 reports of commercial burglary last year, two more than in 2009.

Of the approximately 6.5 million vehicles parked in LAX parking facilities in 2010, there were 28 reports of burglary from locked vehicles, a decrease of 32 percent. But police said that property theft from unlocked/unsecured vehicles more than doubled to 45 reported incidents in 2010.

Following the December arrests of two suspects for allegedly removing 17 catalytic converters from vehicles at LAX and dozens more from vehicles parked off airport, there has been a substantial decrease in thefts from vehicles, police said. Seven motor vehicle thefts (grand theft auto) were reported in 2010, two less than in 2009.

Part II Crime, the largest single statistical category of miscellaneous offenses, dropped six percent to 1,417 in 2010 from 1,507 in 2009, primarily due to increased proactive law enforcement and federal passenger and checked-luggage screening measures, police said. Such offenses include prohibited weapon violations, drug-related offenses, loitering/illegal lodging, and operating vehicle for hire without authority.

The Airport Police statistics cover the approximately 3,600 acres of LAX property, including passenger terminals, parking facilities, aircraft ramps, offices and cargo areas.

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