The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation completed a preliminary report on the 2012 Index Crime Trends.
This report looks at seven crimes the FBI considers serious, those are ones that would occur regardless of geographical location, likely reported to law enforcement, would affront the moral sensitivities of our society’s rational being, and would occur with sufficient frequency so that counting it would be worthwhile statistically.
The preliminary report tracks murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault as violent crimes.
It also studies burglary, larceny, and auto theft as non-violent crimes.
In 2012, as compared to statistics from the previous year, reported rapes have shown a significant increase.
- Reported rapes increased nearly 15% from 2011
- Aggravated assault increased by nearly 4%
- Murders remained steady at 219
- Robberies decreased
In the non-violent crime category:
- Auto theft increased by 4.8%
- Larceny increased by 2.9%
- Burglaries in the state decreased by more than 2%
More than 300 sheriff’s offices and police departments across the state participated in this state-mandated program.
OSBI said this crime report helps law enforcement to track trends and, therefore, assign more manpower to areas showing increases. It also aids departments applying for grants and other funding sources to combat increases in specific areas of crime.