LAPD News: While many factors can contribute to crime rates within a community, the Los Alamos Police Department would like to recognize and thank our community partners for sustaining a high quality of life by contributing to our low crime rate through the combined efforts of enforcement, education, prevention and treatment. These efforts continue to be reflected in the fact that Los Alamos remains one of the safest communities in the nation. Chief Sgambellone has released crime statistics for the second quarter of 2019, which were compiled by the Records Section of the Los Alamos Police Department. The offenses of murder (homicide), manslaughter, rape, robbery and aggravated assault make up the violent crime category. Simple assault is not included in UCR. The offenses of arson, burglary, larceny, and auto theft make up the property crime category. Both of these categories are referred to as Part I Offenses. During the second quarter of 2019, officers responded to a total of 33 overall Part 1 Offense complaints, which represents a 27 percent decrease as compared to 45 offenses in the second quarter of 2018. A total of seven violent crime reports were taken in the second quarter of 2019, which represents a 30 percent decrease as compared to 10 in 2018. Property crime decreased to 26 in the second quarter of 2019, which represents a 26 percent decrease as compared to 35 in 2018. Crime statistics through the second quarter by classification are as follows: 2019 Over 2018 VIOLENT CRIMES 0 0 HOMICIDE – no change 0 0 MANSLAUGHTER – no change 6 4 RAPE – increased by 50.0%1 1 AGG. ROBBERY – no change 5 10 AGG. ASSAULT – decreased by 50.0%12 15 TOTAL – decreased by 20.0% 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. 2019 Over 2018 PROPERTY CRIMES 4 16 BURGLARY – decreased by 75.0%31 48 LARCENY – decreased by 35.4%4 2 AUTO THEFT – increased by 100.0%0 2 ARSON – Not calculable 39 68 TOTAL – decreased by 42.6%51 83 TOTAL PART 1 – decreased by 38.5% The Los Alamos Police Department has continued to see cases of fraud and attempted fraud. A recent scam where a criminal entity, claiming to be from the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Department, was attempting to have victims send money for bogus “fines”. Citizens should never send money to someone they do not know, and, if they are suspicious of any type of phone calls or activity, individuals can notify the Los Alamos Police Department by calling the non-emergency Dispatch at any time: 505.662.8222. For more information on crime prevention, call Cmdr. Preston Ballew at 505.662.8236.