Last week, Los Alamos police chief Dino Sgambellone released crime statistics through the third 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 nine months of 2014, officers responded to a total of 166 Part I Offense complaints, which represents a 10 percent increase as compared to 151 offenses during the same period in 2013.
The violent crime decreased from 36 offenses in 2013 to 34 offenses in 2014, a 6 percent decrease. Property crime increased 15 percent, from 115 in 2013 to 132 in 2014.
Sgambellone said the increases in property crime continue to be attributable to vehicles and homes that are left unsecured.