With a low crime rate, the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is one of the safest airports in the world, authorities said.
"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. Airport Police statistics cover the approximately 3,600 acres of LAX property, including passenger terminals, parking facilities, aircraft ramps, offices and cargo areas.