The OSBI collects monthly data from 318 local law enforcement agencies and compiles the information into the annual Uniform Crime Report. In accordance with the national UCR program, the state’s annual report looks at the occurrence of seven “index crimes,” which include the violent crimes of murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault, and the nonviolent crimes of burglary, larceny, and auto theft.
The Oklahoma UCR looks at a number of other offenses in addition to the index crimes in order to gain a clear picture of crime rates and statistics in Oklahoma.
The Law Street rankings look at violent index crimes across the nation and their rate of occurrence in relation to population:
- Tennessee – 623.6 violent crimes per 100,000 people
- Nevada – 607.6 violent crimes per 100,000 people
- Alaska – 603.2 violent crimes per 100,000 people
- New Mexico – 559.1 violent crimes per 100,000 people
- South Carolina – 558.8 violent crimes per 100,000 people
- Delaware – 547.4 violent crimes per 100,000 people
- Louisiana – 496.9 violent crimes per 100,000 people
- Florida – 487.1 violent crimes per 100,000 people
- Maryland – 476.8 violent crimes per 100,000 people
- Oklahoma – 469.3 violent crimes per 100,000 people
Looking at trends over the past few years, many states have had a decrease in crime–violent crime in particular. While the majority of index crimes in Oklahoma were nonviolent theft crimes, the state is one of a few that actually saw an increase in violent crime in 2012.
Violent crimes in Oklahoma increased 3.6 percent from the previous year. The rates of murder and robbery stayed relatively the same, and aggravated assault saw only a slight increase from 2011. However, rapes skyrocketed in 2012, which marked the highest number or reported rapes in the past 10 years. There were 1,675 rapes reported in Oklahoma in 2012–a nearly 13 percent increase over 2011.