Crime down in L.A. airport

LOS ANGELES -- Crime dropped 12% last year at Los Angeles Airport, the second consecutive year of declining crime rates, according to the Los Angeles Airport Police.

Police attributed the improvement to the addition of 20 police officers and 54 traffic officers in the last year, with more expected to be hired this year, police said.

The number of crimes to people and property dropped to 2,791 incidents during 1998 from 3,182 in 1997, according to police.

Nearly 77% of the crimes were preventable because people were not watching their belongings or paying attention to their surroundings, police said.

People also left valuables such as cellular phones in plain view in their parked vehicles, police said.

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