L.A./Ontario International Airport
Researchers: ONT is ripe for crime
Mediha Fejzagic DiMartino, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/31/2011 09:42:24 PM PDT

The likelihood of crime occurring on the streets and neighborhoods around L.A./Ontario International Airport is seven times higher than the national average, according to a recent study.

With a score of 748, Ontario’s propensity for crime ranked it second out of the 29 major airports. It was surpassed only by Philadelphia, which received 762 points.

The scoring range, created by Pennsylvania-based CAP Index forecasting company, runs from 0 to 2,000, with 100 being the national average. The study was commissioned by USA Today.

The unwelcome limelight surprised Ontario Police Department officials, who said that the study’s findings have “no correlation to the actual statistics reported in that area.”

Only 3 percent of the total major crimes occurred in the area surrounding the airport in 2010, according to the Police Department’s crime analysis unit’s data, which was tabulated from all reported crimes within the city.

“In other words, 97 percent of all (major) crimes occurred in areas of the city other than those surrounding the airport,” said Sgt. David McBride. “I am unsure what method or parameters were used in the study … But … with this information in mind, one would be hard- pressed to say the area surrounding the Ontario International Airport is more susceptible to crime.”

But they both may be right.

When predicting likelihood of crime happening in an area, the CAP Index does not take into consideration actual crime stats of the area, size of its police force or security measures taken by the agency.

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