- Most crimes are committed by 25 - 29 year old men. Color me NOT surprised.
- Burglary of cars and houses are still the largest crimes committed in OK.
- A high percentage of murders happen between people who know each other, i.e. spouses, family, friends, acquaintances.
- Arson seems to be an under 18 phenomena, with the majority of arson cases being tied to juveniles.
- Marijuana-related crime (possession, DUI) account for almost 50% of the drug offense arrests.
- Crime spikes in late spring and mid-summer.
- Crime has been reduced in Oklahoma and that's a good thing.
- There were 64% more murders in Arizona.
- 25 - 29 year old men still commit the largest percentage of offenses.
- In Arizona 56% of murder victims knew their killer, i.e. spouses, family, friends, acquaintances.
- Burglary of cars and houses are still the largest crimes committed in Arizona, with shoplifting a close third.
- Adults were the largest percentage of arsonists in Arizona during 2012.
- Marijuana-related crime (possession, DUI) account for the majority of drug offense arrests.
- DUI's comprise 11% of specific arrests.
- Arizona has a higher crime clearance rate than Oklahoma.
So what did I learn from reading these reports? Well, first of all crime pretty much looks the same between the two places, but the total population is very different. Arizona has a population 58% larger than Oklahoma. Arizona is roughly 1.5 times larger than the land area of Oklahoma. Arizona has the majority of its crime-committing population in its larger cities, just as in Oklahoma. My conclusion from all this data is that really it is a wash. Crime is crime. If it was predictable we wouldn't have it. Simple as that. I am going to go out on a limb and say that I think I will be safer overall in Oklahoma because criminals rarely drive out to the sticks to rob a Shouse. I simply would not have anything of value for the average criminal. Last time I checked there was no real black market for butter churns.
How can I help ensure that I don't hang out a shingle to criminals? Lock my car at night, shut and lock windows, lock the front door. Keep my dog loose so he can do his guard-dog duty. Secure valuables out of site. The same things you should do whether you live in the city or out in the sticks.
Interested in looking up the statistics I found? Click on the state of your choice above. You may also want to check out the US Census site at http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/index.html#. You can find all kinds of neat data specific to your state, county, or city (any city over 5,000 in population).