Rape, assault, burglary and larceny in Los Alamos declined substantially in 2016, while crimes like auto theft and arson increased by 100 percent from last year, according to the Los Alamos Police Department’s annual report.
In 2016, there were three cases of rape, 13 cases of aggravated assault, one case of aggravated robbery, 12 cases of larceny, six cases of auto theft and two cases of arson.
The most dramatic shift was in drunken driving cases, with DWI cases going up by 24 cases – or 75 percent – in 2016.
Vehicle accidents decreased by 15.5 percent in 2016.
The LAPD began publishing quarterly and yearly crime reports in 2014.
LAPD wanted to highlight the DWI cases because of the dramatic increase and the seriousness of the issue, said LAPD Chief Dino Sgambellone.
The department is working on ways to identify what times of the year and day DWI crimes are more likely to occur most in an effort to better understand and combat the issue, Sgambellone said Thursday.
“We’re doing a more substantive analysis using the day, time of the week, age, gender and other forms of data to see if there are any trends that we can devote some prevention and education resources, too,” Sgambellone said.