I appreciate your kind words and inquiries. I’m writing this to help clarify my previous post. One of my readers questioned my blog concerning the rising crime rate.
In my original post, I purposely omitted statistics. My goal for the blog was to share real life feelings from my personal experience. However, I had researched crime rates in Oklahomabefore creating my blog.
Oklahoma is number 10 in the list of the most violent states. Below are facts from my original research. I have also included the link for those of you interested in more detail.
Oklahoma makes the list of top 10 most dangerous states in America.
As Number 10, here are Oklahoma’s statistics:
Violent crimes per 100,000: 469.3
Pct. of population with bachelor’s degree or higher: 23.8%
Property crimes per 100,000:3,401.0 (9th highest)
The number of aggravated assaults in Oklahoma grew by 3.8% in 2012, while they increased just 1.1% nationally. The rate in 2012 came to 337.3 assaults per 100,000 residents, ninth highest among the states.
The largest cities, Oklahoma City and Tulsa, have struggled with poverty and gang issues. Like many of the states with high crime rates, postsecondary educational attainment is low in Oklahoma. Only 23.8% have bachelor’s degrees orhigher, one of the lowest rates in the country.
Oklahoma reported a sharp increase in forcible rape in 2012. FBI data show 1,588 reported rapes, up 12.6% from 2011 and the most since 1994. The incidence of rapes per 100,000 residents reached 41.6 last year, the sixth highest rate in the country.