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Report ranks county second in state crime

Comanche County's crime rate was the second-highest in the state in 2012, according to the annual Uniform Crime Report released by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

Every year, more than 300 law enforcement agencies in Oklahoma submit arrest and crime report data to the OSBI to compile a complete overview of nonviolent and violent crimes across the state. 

The total crime rate was up by about 1.8 percent in Oklahoma from 2011. Many of the index crimes  murder, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, auto theft, larceny and arson  showed little change in the numbers of reported incidents in 2012, but rape and arson reports soared.

According to the report, rapes were up 14 percent in 2012. It appears the trend held locally though 2013 as Lawton Police Department statistics show the number of cases reported last year was significantly higher. 

Arson reports statewide were the highest in nearly a decade, jumping from 991 cases to 1,654 cases. The numbers of residential arsons alone increased more than 187 percent, and storage facility arsons increased by 65 percent. More than $225 million in damage reportedly occurred due to arson crimes across the state. 

Overall, police cleared about 18 percent of all cases with arrests, slightly more than in 2011. Twenty-seven percent of all law enforcement arrests were alcohol related, and alcohol-related offenses resulted in nearly 45 percent of all juvenile arrests, which were lower in 2012 than any year since 2003.

The Lawton Constitution

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