Today, Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone released crime statistics through the third quarter of 2018, which were compiled by the Records Section of the Los Alamos Police Department.
Offenses reported as crime statistics are determined by the FBI Uniform Crime Report Program and are classified as crimes against persons (violent crime) and crimes against property. The offenses of murder (homicide), rape, robbery and aggravated assault make up the violent crime category. The offenses of arson, burglary, larceny, and auto theft make up the property crime category. Both of these categories combined are referred to as Part I Offenses.
Through the third quarter of 2018, officers responded to a total of 118 overall Part 1 Offense complaints, which represents an 18 percent increase as compared to 100 offenses through the first three quarters of 2017. Violent crime increased 26 percent from 19 offenses in 2017 to 24 in 2018. Property crime increased by 16 percent from 81 in 2017 to 94 in 2018.
Many factors can contribute to crime within a community. After several years of declining crime, it appears we are seeing increasing trends in both property and violent crime. Los Alamos continues to have very low crime as compared to New Mexico and National statistics. Residents are asked to continue securing their homes and vehicles while remaining vigilant and reporting suspected criminal behavior.
Third Quarter Part I crime statistics by classification are as follows: