Los Alamos Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone has released crime statistics for 2020 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 fourth quarter of 2020, officers responded to a total of 94 overall Part 1 Offense complaints, which represents a 2% increase as compared to 92 offenses in 2019. Violent crime decreased 25% from 20 offenses in 2019 to 15 in 2020. Property crime increased by 9.7% from 72 in 2019 to 79 in 2020.
The total of 94 Part 1 Crimes represents an on-going and historically low crime rate for the Los Alamos community.
The community and the nation as a whole faced many challenges in 2020. While crime rates in many cities across the United States substantially increased, crime rates in Los Alamos did not.
The Los Alamos Police Department thanks our Community partners, residents, and visitors for helping sustain Los Alamos as one of the Safest Communities in the nation. Residents are asked to continue securing their homes and vehicles while remaining vigilant and reporting suspected criminal behavior.