Oklahoma Crime Reports Show Decrease in Violent Crimes, Increase in Non-Violent Crimes

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation released it's annual crime report Friday, Oct. 5. which shows violent crime in the state decreased from the year before.

In 2011, Oklahoma experienced a 14.7 percent increase in murder cases, despite the report showing that violent crimes decreased 1.6 percent from 2010. Violent crimes include murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

The OSBI reported 219 murders in the state, rising from the 191 count in 2010, which decreased from the 229 murder cases in 2009.

Other violent crimes show a decrease in numbers such as rape cases. In 2010, 1,467 rape offenses were listed and the number decreased .5 percent change to 1,459 offenses last year.

Although there has been a decrease in violent crime cases, OSBI has reported an increase of .4 percent in non-violent crimes such as burglary, larceny and auto or other motorized vehicle theft.

Auto thefts in particular show a significant percent change. Rising 9.5 percent from the 2010 numbers, 11,038 auto theft cases were counted.

Oklahoma's estimated population increased to 3, 791, 508, a 1.1 percent change increase from 2010, according to the OSBI. In 2011, over ten thousand full-time law enforcement employees were employed. For 1,000 Oklahoma inhabitants there were 2.7 law enforcement employees.

According to the OSBI, no officers were killed as a result of a felonious act, however two were killed due to an accident or negligent act.

The OSBI index crimes totaled 145, 357 for 2011 and reported that there were 3,834 offenses per 100,000 population. This increased .2 percent from 2010. The index crime reported in 2010, however, showed a 2.9 percent decrease from those numbers reported in 2009.

Check out the full OSBI report here.