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May 18, 2014

Crime rates in Stephens County increase from 2011 to 2012

DUNCAN — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has released crime rates for the 2012 year. Stephens County had 35.23 percent crime rate for every 1,000 people.

Stephens County had 984 cases of larceny, 418 instances of breaking and entering and 97 felonious assaults.

Stephens County Sheriff Wayne McKinney said that while the crime rate increased between 2011-2012, they are doing everything in their power to combat it.

“We’ve seen an increase across the board,” McKinney said. “We’ve done a good job cleaning things up. (The) criminals we’re dealing with now are a different breed: they’re under the age of 21. We are doing what we can with the staffing we have. It’s just something that all counties are dealing with. It’s difficult when you only have a couple of guys for each shift.”

In Duncan, robberies, felonious assault, breaking and entering and larceny saw dramatic increases betwen 2011-2012. There were nine more robberies, 28 more felonious assaults, 55 more instances of breaking and entering and 161 more cases of larceny than in 2011.         

“In 2011 and 2012, we had several armed robberies of convenience stores,” Duncan Police Chief Daniel Ford said. “That one group of incidents raised the number quite a bit. We’re doing all we can.”

Marlow’s crime rate per 1,000 people increased by 7.25 percent between 2011-2012. However, there was only one more rape, nine more felonious assaults, 18 more instances of breaking and entering, three more cases of larceny and three more motor vehicle thefts than in 2011.

Marlow Police Chief Jimmie Williams explained the protocol behind combatting the rising crime rates.

“We take care of individual crimes,” Williams said. “If there are areas that we can increase patrol, we do that. The basic thing is talking to the public and making sure we can prevent crimes.”

For the state, the crime rate increased by 0.47 percent. However, it has remained constant with an average of 38.61 percent since 2010. Oklahoma’s significant crime increase has been in larceny with an increase of 2,318 between 2011-2012. Arson, motor vehicle theft, felonious assault and rape follow.

 

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