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Oklahoma City police put lower priority on property crimes

As the Oklahoma City Police Department deals with 200,000 more calls per year than it did about two decades ago, response and investigation of property crimes have become a lower priority.

BY JULIANA KEEPING Modified: June 10, 2012 at 12:00 am •  Published: June 11, 2012

A slow-growing police force in the bustling capital city means some crimes are falling through the cracks.

On the streets, a stretched police force translates to longer response times and less effort expended on low-priority crimes. Property crimes, traffic accidents and white collar crimes such as identity theft are a few examples of areas of strain, Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty said.

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