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Violent, property crime rise in LA

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Violent crime and property crime reports increased in the third quarter of this year, according to the latest statistics released Thursday by the Los Alamos Police Department.

“After several years of declining crime, it appears we are seeing increasing trends in both property and violent crime,” said Police Chief Dino Sgambellone. “Residents are asked to continue securing their homes and vehicles while remaining vigilant and reporting suspected criminal behavior.”

Although the crime statistics revealed the increase, Los Alamos continues to have very low crime as compared to New Mexico and National statistics, Sgambellone said.

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.  

Murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault make up the violent crime category. Arson, burglary, larceny and auto theft make up the property crime category. Those categories are combined as Part 1 offenses, which rose by 18 percent in Los Alamos County in the third quarter.

Violent crime increased 26 percent from 19 offenses in 2017 to 24 in 2018, according to the latest statistics.
Property crime increased by 16 percent from 81 in 2017 to 94 in 2018.

Through the third quarter of this year, officers responded to a total of 118 overall Part 1 Offense complaints.