OKLAHOMA CITY – With summer just around the corner, law enforcement agencies are preparing for an uptick in crime.
On Tuesday, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation released a report showing that violent crime increased across the Sooner State in 2015.
The ‘Uniform Crime Report’ breaks down the number of crimes reported across the state each year.
According to the report, nonviolent crimes like burglary and auto theft decreased in 2015.
However, almost all violent crimes rose during that same time period.
While aggravated assault jumped by 4.8 percent in 2015 above the previous year’s numbers, the rate of murder increased dramatically.
In all, 241 people were murdered across the state in 2015, correlating to a 35 percent increase from 2014. Experts say 2015’s murder rate was the highest in a ten-year period.
Authorities say most of the victims were murdered by either an acquaintance or someone whose connection to the victim couldn’t be determined.
Also, investigators say 38 people were murdered by a stranger compared to 47 victims who were killed by a family member.
According to the report, non-violent crimes reported in 2015 were the lowest in a ten-year period.