Public Safety

Abandoned Schools

Tearing down vacant, privately owned structures is difficult. But why can’t publicly owned buildings be razed or fixed up? Lacreitia Jamison points to abandoned school buildings.

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Running Stop Signs

Drivers running stop signs are a common sight for Rutledge Murray. He wants to see police to step up traffic enforcement.

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Not Reporting Crimes

A stretch of the city’s west side is beleaguered by crime, but apartment manager Yesenia Duque says many tenants refuse to report crimes.

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Bilingual Storm Alerts

Oklahoma’s Hispanic population is growing. Isis Palomino said that means more work is needed to ensure storm alerts are available in Spanish for those who can’t speak English.

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Police Presence

Oklahoma City’s police department is already spread thin, but residents like Nora Avalos want to see more police patrols to crack down on neighborhood crime.

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Speeding In Neighborhoods

The cars barrel down the hill past Kristy Trejo’s home and her children playing in the front yard. With modest means, she wonders what she could do to cause police to target the lead-footed drivers.

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Open Carry Gun Law

Oklahoma implemented open carry gun laws in 2012. Alvin Smith, who supports concealed carry laws, said he has concerns about openly carrying a gun as a black man in Oklahoma.

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Vehicle Theft

Cars in Oklahoma City are often stolen by someone who needs a ride or to sell for scrap. Oscar Matute never saw his truck again after someone drove off with it in the middle of the night.

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Storm Shelters

Castillo Soto said the first thing he noticed when he moved from Kansas City is that few people have basements or storm shelters, especially those in low-income apartments. That was sobering for Castillo Soto now that he lives in the heart of Tornado Alley.

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