LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A new report released Monday by Los Angeles World Airports found that reported crimes were up 10 percent at LAX in 2013.

There were 1,569 crimes committed at LAX last year, while Los Angeles Airport Police reported a 17 percent increase in arrests.

Passenger volume also increased by 4.4 percent as nearly 66.5 million travelers passed through LAX, officials said.

“Given the millions of people who travel through and work at LAX each year, the airport remains a very safe place,” said Los Angeles Airport Police Chief Patrick Gannon.”However, any increase in crime is taken seriously and we are committed to working with our public-safety partners and airport stakeholders to ensure these crime numbers are reduced in 2014.”

According to statistics, one murder, one rape, two robberies and 10 aggravated assaults took place on airport property in 2013, resulting in a 37 percent increase in Part 1 Crimes.

Miscellaneous offenses, including weapon violations, prohibited items, loitering, drunk in public, etc., were up only slightly by three incidents.


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