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Risk of Crime in Oklahoma City

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Crime in Oklahoma City Oklahoma

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Oklahoma City, the capital of Oklahoma, is the largest city in the state and has a history that includes a significant timeline of law enforcement and public safety developments. Over time, the city has experienced various levels of crime, as seen in other major urban centers, including fluctuations in rates of petty crimes, such as theft, and more serious offenses. Since the 1990s, the city has made considerable strides in reducing crime, largely due to community policing initiatives and development plans aimed at rejuvenating its neighborhoods. The MAPS projects, for example, were instrumental in transforming the city and have contributed to a stronger economy and safer community. 

Despite these improvements, crime in Oklahoma City remains a focus for local authorities. The city has garnered some attention in recent years due to protests and public discourse around law enforcement policies. Oklahoma City is recognized for its resilience, particularly after the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, which notably shaped its approach to emergency response and readiness. Nicknames like "The Big Friendly" and "OKC" project an image of a community-centric city with a commitment to ensuring a family-friendly atmosphere.

The Oklahoma City National Memorial, Bricktown, Myriad Botanical Gardens, and the Oklahoma City Zoo are top attractions that draw visitors to the city. With their popularity, crime in Oklahoma City in these areas is actively monitored, with security measures in place to ensure the well-being of both residents and tourists. However, as with any large city, it’s wise to stay alert and be cautious in crowded places.

Local Security Tips

  • Oklahoma City National Memorial: Stay vigilant and report any unattended items or suspicious activity.
  • Bricktown: Prefer well-lit areas during nighttime and be mindful of personal belongings at restaurants or bars.
  • Myriad Botanical Gardens: Visit during daylight hours and keep an eye on the weather conditions, as Oklahoma can experience sudden changes.
  • Oklahoma City Zoo: Keep to public paths and areas; supervise children closely to ensure their safety.

Local Regulations

Firearm Policy

Oklahoma is an open-carry state with a permit. As of November 1, 2019, the state also allows permitless carry for citizens 21 and over (18 and over for military). Carry is not allowed in places prohibited by law, and private property owners can set their own rules about firearms on their premises.

Public Drinking Policy

Public consumption of alcohol is generally prohibited. The city has designated Entertainment Districts like Bricktown where open containers are allowed during specific hours. However, these regulations can be strict, so it's essential to be aware of local signage and rules.

Emergency Contact Lists

Department for non-emergency services

  • Oklahoma City Police Department (non-emergency): (405) 231-2121

Leading Hospitals

  • OU Medical Center: (405) 271-4700
  • INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center: (405) 949-3011
  • Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City: (405) 755-1515
  • SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital - Oklahoma City: (405) 272-7000
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