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What are Crime Rates in Oklahoma?


Oklahoma crimes rates are well above the national average, according the data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports. Oklahoma residents are more likely to be the victim of both violent and property crimes.

In 2011, the rate of violent crime in Oklahoma was 454.8 incidents per 100,000 people, compared to 386.3 nationwide. Violent crimes include murder, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

The rate of property crime - which includes burglary, larceny/theft and motor vehicle theft - was 3,356.2 per 100,000, compared to 2908.7 nationwide.

The good new is, incidents of violent crime and property crime declined from 2010 to 2011. Violent crime fell 4.7 percent to a total of 17,243 incidents. Murders increased - from 195 in 2010 to 208 in 2011 - but incidents of rape, robbery and aggravated assault all declined. Property crime fell 1.7 percent.

Crime in Oklahoma Cities and Towns

Curious about crime rates in your city or town? The chart below reveals the number of incidents of major crimes in the 10 most populous Oklahoma towns.

City Population Murder Forcible Rape Robbery Burglary
Oklahoma City 586,208 58 277 1,232 9,855
Tulsa 396,101 49 266 1,090 7,353
Norman 112,112 2 67 51 677
Broken Arrow 99,908 0 22 41 426
Lawton 97,904 8 57 175 1,960
Edmond 82,276 1 7 20 311
Moore 55,671 0 14 28 509
Midwest City 54,953 7 31 48 708
Enid 49,908 0 22 31 445
Stillwater 46,177 0 9 14 262

Now, check out numbers for the same crimes in the five towns with the smallest populations. Not a lot of bad things happen here.

City Population Murder Forcible Rape Robbery Burglary
Sparks 171 0 0 0 0
Caney 207 0 0 0 2
Tushka 315 0 0 0 0
Sawyer 324 0 0 0 4
Fort Supply 334 0 0 0 1

For data on other cities and town in Oklahoma, use this UCR link.

Benefits of a Home Security System

Modern security systems offer far more than just burglar protection. They can be used to keep an eye on your children or turn lights on and off remotely. And they alert emergency officials in the event of a fire.

Home security systems are relatively affordable. The average homeowner can expect to pay about $1,000 to $2,000 for a hardwired system (not wireless) with motion detectors. Live monitoring costs start at $20 to $50 per month. Some of that expense will be recouped by the discount on your homeowner’s insurance for having an alarm - usually 15 percent to 20 percent.

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