Crime Down 6.4 Percent at Los Angeles International Airport

Airport sees significant drop in property crimes, only nine violent crimes for the year

Proactive law enforcement actions by the Airport Police Ground Transportation Enforcement Unit, which regulates commercial vehicles within the Central Terminal Area, resulted in the arrests of several "bandit" drivers operating illegally at LAX and the impoundment of 268 vehicles throughout the year.

LAX experienced a 24 percent decrease in drug-related offenses, totaling 142 incidents last year compared to 186 in 2005. Chief Walker attributed much of this decrease to enhanced passenger security screening procedures implemented by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, including requiring passengers to remove jackets and other outerwear and pat-downs during secondary screening.

Also included in the miscellaneous category is the offense of attempting to carry a prohibited item (kitchen knife, fireworks, cigarette lighter, scissors, etc.) aboard an aircraft. The number of seized items decreased 56 percent to 101 incidents last year from 233 in 2005. Almost all of the 153 weapon confiscations (brass knuckles, butterfly knife, firearms, batons, nunchakus, etc) on airport property in 2006 occurred at federal passenger security screening stations. There were 147 weapons confiscated in 2005.

The crime statistics are compiled from reports filed by Los Angeles Airport Police and the Los Angeles Police Department substation at LAX. The statistics cover the 3,600 acres of LAX property, including passenger terminals, parking lots, aircraft ramps, cargo areas and offices.

Over 61,041,066 travelers used LAX in 2006, a decline of seven-tenths of one percent from 61,489,523 passengers in 2005. Including non-traveling visitors and airport workers, airport officials estimate the total population of the airport in 2006 at 153 million.

The Los Angeles Airport Police Department is the fourth largest law enforcement agency in Los Angeles County, with more than 900 law enforcement, security and staff personnel. Airport Police is a division of Los Angeles World Airports, the City department that owns and operates four airports in Southern California: Los Angeles International (LAX), LA/Ontario International (ONT), LA/Palmdale Regional (PMD) and Van Nuys general aviation (VNY).

SOURCE: Los Angeles World Airports