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People in the Sooner State express lower levels of concern about their safety, even though Oklahoma’s crime rates are higher than the national rates for both violent and property crime. But the state’s safest cities do much better than both state and national rates.
The violent crime rate in Oklahoma is 4.7—one full point above the national rate of 3.7 incidents per 1,000 people. The property crime rate is 28.8 incidents per 1,000, versus 22.0 across the country.
Your odds of being robbed are cut in half if you live in one of Oklahoma's safest cities.
Despite higher crime rates, Oklahoma reported lower or average levels of experience with crime. 10% of the respondents to the State of Safety survey said they had a personal experience with violent crime in the past 12 months, which is two percentage points below the national average of 12%.
Those in Oklahoma who experienced a property crime in the past 12 months was 26%, matching the national average.
Violent Crime in Oklahoma: Fear vs. Reality
Being robbed on the street is the most concerning violent crime in Oklahoma, and it’s also the crime respondents felt was most likely to happen to them.
34% said they felt the highest concern about being robbed on the street, which is four points below the national average of 38%.
28% reported that they think robbery is the violent crime that’s most likely to actually happen to them, versus 27% nationwide.
Statewide, robbery accounts for 15% of violent crime in Oklahoma. In the safest cities, there were only seven total robberies reported, which is 7% of all violent crime in the safest cities.
Aggravated assault was the most prevalent violent crime with 71 incidents reported among the safest cities. That works out to 72% of all violent crime in the safest cities. Across the entire state, aggravated assault made up 71% of all violent crime.
Property Crime in Oklahoma: Fear vs. Reality
Folks in the Sooner State are most worried about someone breaking in when they’re not at home, but the property crime they think is most likely to happen is having property stolen.
60% said the most concerning property crime is a break-in when no one’s home, compared to 62% nationally.
Burglary was the second most prevalent property crime, making up 27% of all property crime in the safest cities and 24% across the state.
39% felt that having property stolen is the property crime that’s most likely to actually occur, versus 36% nationwide.
Larceny-theft is the most common property crime in Oklahoma, totalling 65% of the state’s property crimes and 62% of the property crimes reported by the safest cities.
38% of Oklahoma respondents said they use a home security system—that’s 14 percentage points higher than the national average of 24%.
47% use firearms to protect their property, which is almost 20 points above the national average of 28%.
Only 20%reported that they use no method of security at all, versus 29% across the country.
A Closer Look at Oklahoma’s Safest Cities of 2020
For the purposes of this report, the terms “safest” and “dangerous” refer explicitly to crime rates as calculated from FBI crime data—no other characterization of any community is implied or intended.
Elgin is Oklahoma’s safest city for the second consecutive year.
Rebecca is the lead safety reporter and in-house expert for SafeWise.com. She has been a journalist and blogger for over 25 years, with a focus on home and community safety for the past six. Rebecca spends dozens of hours every month testing and evaluating security products and strategies. Her safety expertise is sought after by publications, broadcast journalists, non-profit organizations, podcasts, and more. You can find her work and contributions in places like TechCrunch, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, HGTV, MSN, and an ever-growing library of radio and TV clips. Learn more