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May 17, 2014

Grady County has 22nd highest crime rate in OK

BY RACHEL SNYDER
The Express-Star

CHICKASHA — Grady County has the twenty-second highest crime rate compared to the other 76 counties in Oklahoma with a 30.21 rate in 2012.



The crime rate is calculated by dividing the number of reported crimes by the total population and multiplying that by 1,000.



Oklahoma County had the highest crime rate in the state at 59.44 in 2012, and Cimarron County had the lowest at 1.6, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.



Grady County Sheriff Jim Weir said the most commonly-reported crime in Grady County is larceny, which is the wrongful taking of property.



There were 82,288 larceny cases reported to Oklahoma law enforcement agencies in 2012, and larceny accounted for 55.6 percent of all index crimes reported in the state, according to OSBI.



The Grady County Sheriff's Office responded to 118 larceny reports in 2012, according to OSBI.



The county reported a total of 841 cases of larceny and 13 robberies, which is the use or threat of violence to commit larceny, in 2012, according to OSBI.



"We see theft of oil field equipment, theft of trailers and civil disputes over property we refer to the courts," Weir said. "When you get out in the rural areas, you don't have the criminal element. You've got Oklahoma City and we get a lot of their criminal element. Some people will drive to our community to commit their crime."



Oklahoma County had a population of 848,804 people in 2012 compared to 51,415 in Grady County.



Grady County had a much smaller number of violent crimes, with one murder and 21 rape cases reported in 2012, according to OSBI.



The Chickasha Police Department reported the crime rate per 1,000 people was 63.70 in 2012, with a population of 16,310 people at the time, which puts the city close to Oklahoma City, whose police department reported a crime rate 68.61 and a population of 595,607, according to OSBI.



Chickasha Police Maj. Elip Moore said the crime rates indicated in OSBI's reports are dependent upon how many crimes each law enforcement agency chooses to report and which crimes they choose to report.



"We report everything we're supposed to, but other agencies may not," Moore said. "It's not a number you want, but it doesn't come as a surprise because we've been in the upper part for over 20 years. We're aware of those numbers, and we do everything we can to make ours a safe community."