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Crime down at LAX.

Airport police at Los Angeles International (LAX) say that crime dropped by 6% in the first six months of 2004 compared to the same period in 2003. This is the fourth year that crime levels have declined in the first six months, and in the initial half of 2004 the airport recorded 11% more passengers, visitors and employees than in January-June 2003. Crimes against persons and property dropped to 490 incidents from 522. Violent crimes fell by half to just five incidents, and for the second year running no rapes or murders were recorded. Other recorded offences included doing business or sales without a licence; operating vehicle hire without a permit; driving with a suspended licence; misusing a handicapped driver badge; failing to obey a traffic officer; loitering; possessing prohibited items; being drunk in public; and various drug-related offences. Burglary from airport businesses dropped to seven instances this year and burglaries from vehicles fell to 43, though vehicle theft rose to 28. The statistics cover the airport's entire 3,600 acres (14,570ha).
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Title Annotation:Americas; Los Angeles International Airport
Publication:Airports International
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U9CA
Date:Oct 1, 2004
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