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Guthrie was named the sixth safest city with a population of at least 10,000 in Oklahoma, a list compiled by real-estate brokerage site Movoto based on the FBI’s 2012 Uniform Crime Report. The report divided the statistics into four crime categories: murders, violent crimes, property crimes and total number. Rates were based on crimes per 100,000 residents, in order to compare differently sized cities.

According to the 2012 data, there were 3,171 crimes per 100,000 people in Guthrie, with 3,017 property crimes and 154 violent crimes.

“In perspective with all the other cities in Oklahoma, sixth is good. It is our goal to be higher than that, of course, but we really do live in a safe community,” said Guthrie Police Chief Damon Devereux.

Devereux says since January of this year, the most involving categories of calls for the officers were disturbances calls (280) and suspicious persons calls (257). To put this in perspective, the police department also received 1,483 animal calls, responded to 119 non-injury accidents and 262 business alarms, as well as 125 calls concerning larceny, 48 vandalism calls and 47 parking complaints, among other categories.

According to city data statistics, also from 2012, Guthrie’s overall crime rate was ranked at 198.6, with the U.S. average at 301.1 per 100,000. Guthrie had a violent crime rate of 93.2, while the U.S. average was 214. The largest percentages by type were 72 percent of crimes were thefts and 18 percent were burglaries. In the Movoto report, Yukon was named the safest place in Oklahoma, followed by Mustang, Sapulpa, Edmond, Owasso, Guthrie, Broken Arrow, Elk City, Claremore and Guymon.

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