|Updated: 10/16/2013 5:21 pm
||Published: 10/16/2013 5:03 pm
Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan put recent crime statistics in perspective for Tulsans.
TPD released statistics on Wednesday that showed a drop in major crimes, Jordan said 30 years ago the city had more than 60 murders and in the 90s he said it was even higher.
Jordan said the homicide rate is the hardest number to control. There have been 54 homicides so far in 2013.
"Am I unhappy our homicide rate is where it is this year? Yes, I am," said Jordan.
But he said the community needs to look at what type of homicides they are.
"When it is gang related that's on me. Domestics, drunken altercations, that's very difficult to control," he said.
FOX23 learned only three homicides have been gang related in 2013.
But when it comes to altercations, drugs, and domestic issues it's more than half of the homicides.
“You hear those facts and you can’t come to any other conclusion than lifestyle choices sometimes put you at risk,” said Jordan.
FOX23 learned Tulsa police solve 80 percent of homicides, something Jordan said is because of the dedicated team at TPD.
"These guys are on it immediately, I mean they're getting in their cars if they're at home and they’re all out working it,” he said.