Since 2010, the Sooner State has rallied to decrease its rate of violent crime. This year, Oklahoma sits at number thirty-seven in the nation for violent crime, which puts it slightly above the national average. And thanks to initiatives like the Safe Oklahoma Grant Program, the state is making steady progress. This program provides funds to law enforcement agencies to help them reduce violent crime by expanding crime prevention technical support, providing victim services, improving community outreach, increasing analytical capacity, and implementing evidence-based law enforcement practices.
The twenty cities we’ve honored this year as the safest in Oklahoma are reaping the benefits of proactive law enforcement strategies like those the grant supports. In fact, our number-one city, Elgin, claims that top spot for the second consecutive time—which isn’t surprising for a city that had zero incidents of violent crime two years in a row.
Elgin may lead the way, but the rest of Oklahoma’s safest cities aren’t far behind. According to current FBI crime data, 90% of these surveyed municipalities reported fewer than ten total violent crimes. There were only three murders reported among all twenty cities. More than 50% had zero counts of both murder and rape, and 80% reported fewer than seven incidents of aggravated assault.
Every city on our list beats both the state and national averages for violent crime and property crime. Nineteen of the cities on our list reported fewer than ninety-five total property crimes, with counts of arson being the least reported of all property crimes. Only four of our safest cities reported any counts of arson. Motor vehicle thefts were also fairly rare, with seven cities reporting no incidents and 95% experiencing fewer than ten.