LOS ANGELES, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- With a low crime rate, the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is one of the safest airports in the world, authorities said on Tuesday.
"LAX continues to be one of the safest airports in the world, and one of the safest areas in all of Southern California," Airport police Chief George Centeno said.
Airport authorities cited the following statistics to support the claim:
-- Reported crime at LAX decreased by six percent during the first half of the year, compared with the same period in 2009;
-- A total of 1,146 crimes were reported during the first half of this year, compared with 1,222 in the first half of 2009;
-- Arrests fell one percent from 674 in the first half of 2009 to 664 in the first half of this year; and
-- In the category of Part-I Crime, which includes all major categories of crime against persons, there were no robberies reported from January through June this year compared to one in 2008.
"The total number of major crimes against persons is remarkably low, given over 28.7 million travelers used LAX in the first half of this year -- a 4.85-percent increase over the same period last year," Centeno said.
"Including non-traveling visitors and airport workers, we estimate 236,000 people passed through LAX on an average day," he said.
"I commend the on-going professionalism and dedication to duty by our officers, knowing that favorable statistics such as these only happen when officers work hard over a sustained period of time and commit to protecting LAX," he added.
Airport Police statistics cover the approximately 3,600 acres ( 1,458 hectares) of LAX property, including passenger terminals, parking facilities, aircraft ramps, offices and cargo areas.
Los Angeles Airport Police is the fourth largest law enforcement agency in Los Angeles County with more than 1,200 law enforcement, security and staff personnel.
LAX is the seventh largest airport in the world for air cargo tonnage handled. It also ranks as the second busiest U.S. airport for international passengers.