Despite a slight increase in the number of overall passengers at Los Angeles International Airport over the past two years, major crime decreased 26.7 percent last year, Airport Police statistics show.
Airport Police noted that overall crime has also continued to drop at LAX, the nation’s third busiest airport, which saw an increase from 61.8 million passengers in 2011 to nearly 63.4 million last year. The total number of Part I crimes, which includes all major violent crimes, and miscellaneous offenses decreased 13.3 percent to 1,382 in 2012 from 1,594 in 2011.
“Safety doesn’t happen by accident,” Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said.
“The crime reduction at LAX is a result of our steadfast commitment to the safety of all Angelenos and the visitors who pass through our city. We have continually invested in layers of security to ensure safe, efficient travel for the tens of millions of people who fly through Los Angeles each year.”
Los Angeles World Airports Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey added that officials remain committed to ensuring the personal safety and security of everyone at LAX.
“As we continue to spend billions of dollars to modernize, improve facilities and passenger services at LAX, we are also investing in and increasing our public safety efforts,” she said.
Total Part I crime reports declined to 359 incidents in 2012 from 490 incidents in 2011. Miscellaneous offenses decreased by 7.3 percent to 1,023 incidents last year from 1,104 incidents in 2011. In addition, the total number of arrests at LAX decreased by 3.5 percent to 1,057 in 2012.
“LAX is one of the safest, high-density and high-traffic areas in the city of Los Angeles,” Airport Police Chief Patrick Gannon said. “The total number of crimes is remarkably low, given over 200,000 people – travelers, visitors and workers – come to LAX every day.
He attributed the continuing drop in crime to the dedicated police and security officers who work together to ensure people and their property are safe and secure while at LAX.
In the category of Part I crimes against persons, there were no homicides or rapes reported. One robbery was reported last year compared with three robberies in 2011.
Reports of Part I property crime, considered the more common type of crime that affects the quality of passengers’ experiences at LAX, decreased 26.6 percent to 356 incidents in 2012. Larceny, or theft from individuals – the largest category of property crime – dropped 28.3 percent to 304 incidents last year. There were eight reports of commercial burglary in 2012, a decrease of 46.7 percent, statistics show.
Of the nearly 6.2 million vehicles parked in LAX facilities in 2012, there were 17 reports of burglary from locked vehicles, a decrease of 10.5 percent from 2011.
Police attributed a 7.3 percent reduction in miscellaneous offenses, including battery, prohibited weapon violations, drug-related offenses and vehicle vandalism, to increased proactive law enforcement and federal passenger and checked-luggage screening measures.
The Airport Police statistics cover the approximately 3,600 acres of LAX property, including passenger terminals, parking facilities, aircraft ramps, offices and cargo areas.