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Crime on the rise in LA

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Property crime increases > Police record 8.9% bump in property crime in 2018

By Tris DeRoma

According to the Los Alamos Police Department’s annual crime report, crime tracked by the department increased by 8 percent last year.

Property crime increased by 8.9 percent over 2017. In 2018, 110 property crimes were committed in Los Alamos County.

There were 19 burglaries, eight more compared to 2017. There were 88 larcenies committed in 2018, the same amount were committed in 2017.

Two auto thefts occurred last year, the same amount as in 2017, but in 2018, the county had one arson.

There were 25 violent crimes committed in 2018, the same amount that was committed in 2017.

In 2018, there were no homicides or manslaughters reported.

However, there were five rapes reported to police, one more than in 2017.

In 2018, there was only one aggravated robbery, but there were two aggravated robberies in 2017.

There were 19 aggravated assaults committed in 2018, the same amount were committed in 2017.

Los Alamos police wrote fewer traffic tickets in 2018, according to the numbers. Minor offenses, DWI incidents and vehicle accidents increased. In 2017 police wrote 2,110 traffic tickets and in 2018 they wrote 1,573. In 2017, there were 32 DWIs and 44 in 2018.

While crime remains relatively low in Los Alamos County compared to neighboring counties, police said the public could bring the statistics down even lower by enacting strategies that make them less of a target.

“The Los Alamos Police Department continues to encourage citizens to ‘harden the target’ through crime reduction strategies such as securing homes and vehicles, alarms, self-defense training, and general awareness of your surroundings,” the police said in their report.