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February 16, 2013

Crime shift: Enid police, sheriff's office seeing fewer violent crimes

ENID, Okla. — Crime in Enid and Garfield County has shifted — as the population in the area has increased — to match growth in local industries.

Enid Police Department and Garfield County Sheriff’s Office data shows fewer violent crimes reported in 2012 than 2011, but more property crimes, burglaries and motor vehicle thefts were reported last year.

Data provided by EPD showed last year it fielded 92,187 calls made to the department. In 2011, that number was 90,996, or 1,191 fewer calls.

EPD spokesman Capt. Jack Morris said data for the past two years shows violent crimes decreasing but property crimes increasing.

“Some major crimes, such as robberies and assaults, went down,” he said. “Our larcenies and motor vehicle thefts increased. It seems to drop in some areas and increase in others.”

In 2011, EPD took reports of 31 robberies. The number decreased to 22 in 2012. However, eight more rapes were reported over the two years, with 30 reported in 2012.

Between the two years, police saw a decrease in assaults. In 2011, police took 1,302 reports of assaults and took 1,237 the following year.

There were 18 more reports of motor vehicle thefts, 49 more burglaries and 81 more larcenies reported to EPD in 2012 than in 2011.

Those crimes, considered Class 1 crimes, account for about 25 percent of the calls police take, Morris said.

Garfield County Sheriff Jerry Niles said his department likely will see an increase in larcenies and burglaries in 2013, due to an increase in industry in the area.

“This year, there is going to be an increase in burglaries and larcenies, especially with oil field equipment,” Niles said. “We’re going to see that trend this year because of the continuous influx of theft of oil field-related tools and equipment. We see a continuing trend on that.”

While larcenies dropped by 14, from 99 in 2011 to 85 in 2012, the sheriff’s office saw 16 more motor vehicle thefts last year than in 2011.

Increases in burglaries and assault were seen over the two-year period, data shows. Overall, drug crimes decreased during the span, likely due to reassignment of duties for some deputies, Niles said.

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