Chief Dino Sgambellone
Today, Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone released crime statistics for the first and second quarter of 2014, which were compiled by the Records Division 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 (property crime).
Both of these categories are referred to as Part I Offenses or Crimes. Violent crime is comprised of murder (homicide), rape, robbery and aggravated assault. Property crime is comprised of arson burglary, larceny and auto theft.
During the first six months of 2014, officers responded to a total of 120 Part I Offense complaints, which represents a 21 percent increase as compared to 76 offenses during the same period in 2013.
The violent crime decreased from 23 offenses in 2013 to 21 offenses in 2014, a 9 percen decrease. Property crime increased 30 percent, from 76 in 2013 to 99 in 2014.
The increase is substantively attributed to a series of thefts from vehicles that occurred in the spring. An individual was arrested and charged with 38 counts related to these thefts. The Los Alamos Police Department reminds citizens to secure their homes and vehicles to deter crime.