A local Oklahoma city has seen an almost 30 percent decrease in crime over the past decade.
The city of Lawton has been called a comeback city after a recent report showed a 27.1 decrease in criminal activity from 2006 to 2016.
The report titled “comeback cities: Declining crime across the U.S.” was produced by Security Choice ADT and they ranked the top 100 cities they say have seen the biggest decrease.
Lawton came in at number 76 and Lawton Police Chief James Smith says it’s because of the people.
“We have a community that’s very proactive. They’re interested in their community. They want to make sure that they are living in a community that they can work, raise their family without the fear of crime so they are very interactive with their police department,” Chief Smith said.
An accomplishment like this means a lot to chief smith but he’s not satisfied.
“It’s very encouraging but we’d like to continue that trend but it shows that our hard work is paying off. And also it shows that we have a very good interaction with the community. We can not do our job without the help of our community,” Chief Smith said.
Lawton assistant city manager Bart Hadley Jr. says he is very proud of the police department and the citizens.
“We’ve been very proud of our police department for a long time, and our citizens are very engaged and very focused on public safety,” Hadley Jr. said.
Both Chief Smith and assistant city manager Hadley Jr. said that they are headed in the right direction but in 10 years. They would like to continue to see improvements.
The crime rate in Wichita Falls is also dropping, according to the report.
Wichita falls actually ranks above Lawton, coming in at number 53. Wichita Falls police credit more of a focus directed at patrol, an effective distribution of crime-specific intelligence throughout the department, multiple gang injunctions that are in place, and the involvement of and the relationship with members of the community.
For the full report and the list of the other top 100 cities, click here.