Lawton women react to national ranking

Published: Apr. 30, 2012 at 10:10 PM CDT|Updated: May. 8, 2012 at 2:45 PM CDT
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LAWTON, Okla_A national report ranking Lawton as the 8th most dangerous city in the country for women has some residents thinking about their safety.

The report, released by Forbes magazine last Friday, said Lawton had 771 violent crimes per 100,000 residents and 57 rapes in 2010.

The magazine said it compiled the statistics from FBI numbers, including murder, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

When we spoke with Lawton residents, it was definitely a mixed bag of opinions. Some women said that Lawton's ranking put them on edge and that they will now be more cautious.

Others said crime happens wherever you go. They say it's up to all women to always be on alert.

When it comes to victims of violent crime, Lawton's women ranked high on Forbes national list.

"Because we're vulnerable, men are bigger than we are and most of the time its men doing crimes against women. We have to be aware of our surroundings, who we're with. The old saying is don't trust anybody," Sena Garcia said.

Although some residents say they were shocked to hear about Lawton's ranking

"It's absolutely terrible. I mean, I feel sorry for those ladies. I always try to look over my shoulder," Viktoria Dixon said.

Others say the news does not change their sense of security at all

A lot of women told me since Lawton is a military town, with a lot of single women who have relocated here, it's even more important for women to be aware of their surroundings.

7News is speaking with the Lawton Police Department to find out more about violent crimes against women in Lawton and the ranking. We'll keep you updated.