Oklahoma City police see fewer calls during snowstorm

Calls for police service in Oklahoma City during the blizzard Tuesday and its aftermath Wednesday were down about a quarter from an average 48-hour period, officials said.
BY MICHAEL KIMBALL mkimball@opubco.com Published: February 4, 2011

The blizzard took a bite out of crime in Oklahoma City.

Police received 4,644 calls to 911 and the police department's nonemergency number on Tuesday and Wednesday, police Capt. Patrick Stewart said. The department usually gets about 6,000 calls in a 48-hour period.

“People just stayed home. Businesses were closed,” Stewart said. “The opportunities for a lot of the crime we would normally see associated with shoplifting, with robbery, with burglaries at homes ... just aren't going to happen during these types of circumstances.”

Not all calls to police involve crime. They also get called out on traffic accidents, welfare checks and numerous other activities.

But it does help that the storm affects criminals the same as everyone else, Stewart said.

“If you can't drive to get from point A to point B, you can't drive, regardless of what your intent might be,” he said.

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