The impact of 780 upon local figures for crimes impacted by passage of state question 780 are unclear.
Enid Police Department Capt. Tim Jacobi said the department recently changed how some crimes are classified and reported by the department. He said those changes make comparisons between the years when some classifications changed due to the state question difficult.
The one area where crime has appeared to clearly increase is in reports of shoplifting.
According to numbers from Enid Police Department records, as of October this year there have been 40 reports of shoplifting to police. In previous years, that figure was in the teens and included the remaining three months of the year.
In 2018, there were 13 reports of shoplifting to police. There were 18 reports in 2017 and 15 reports made in 2016. There were 21 reports made in 2015.
Other crimes impacted by SQ 780 include theft, larceny, burglaries, knowingly concealing stolen property, fraud and drug possession.
Figures for those crimes have remained mostly static.
So far in 2019, there have been 507 thefts reported. The total number for 2018 was 626. The number of thefts reported in 2017 was 923, 1,088 for 2016 and 936 in 2015.
This year, 266 larcenies were reported. Last year, that number was 496. There were 491, 582 and 557 reported in 2017, 2016 and 2015, respectively.
Five-hundred and six burglaries have been reported so far in 2019. In 2018, there were 394 reported to police. In 2017, 456 were reported; in 2016, 523 were reported; and in 2015, there were 436 burglaries reported.
Only 21 reports of knowingly concealing stolen property have been made this year. Last year, the number was nearly triple with 62 reported. In 2017, there wee 74 reports of KCSP, 65 reports in 2016 and 46 in 2015.
There have been 149 reports of fraud this year. Last year, there were 95 reports of fraud. In 2017, the total number of frauds reported was 119. In 2016, there were 165 reports of fraud and 135 made in 2015.
Drug possession reports for 2019 are at 409. Last year, that number was 559. There were 510 in 2017, 357 in 2016 and 460 in 2015.
Jacobi said there has been no impact on how police respond to crimes reported to the department.
“We still respond and investigate as we always have,” he said. “Nothing has changed in regard to that.”