Los Alamos Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone
Today, Los Alamos Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone released calls for service and crime statistics for the 12 months of 2016, 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), manslaughter, 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 are referred to as Part I Offenses.
During the 12 months of 2016, officers responded to 157 overall Part 1 Offense complaints, which represents a 12.8 percent decrease as compared to 180 offenses during the same period in 2015. Violent crime decreased from 22 in 2015 to 17 in 2016, a 22.7 percent decrease. Property crime decreased by 11.4 percent from 158 in 2015 to 140 in 2016.
Officers investigated 181 accidents in 2016 as compared to 215 reported during 2015, a15.5 percent decrease.
Both violent crime and property crime continue to decline. Property crime has decreased the last three years, while violent crime has decreased the last five. While many factors can contribute to crime rates within a community, the Los Alamos Police Department would like to recognize and thank our community partners for sustaining a high quality of life by reducing crime through the combined efforts of enforcement, education, prevention, and treatment. These efforts continue to be reflected in the fact that Los Alamos remains one of the safest communities in the nation.
Of note, Driving Under the Influence increased from 45 to 79, a 75 percent increase. While we will continue to collaborate with our community partners to reduce these numbers, we will also continue to aggressively enforce DUI violations. Please, do not drive under the influence.
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