Thousands of Oklahomans call them home. Just about every day a crime is committed at an apartment. Residents shouldn't have to live in fear. That was the case for one apartment resident, afraid to share her identity.
She and her family lived at Britton Courtyard for several years. She never had a problem, until a few months ago when she came home to a nightmare.
"The door was kicked in," she said. "You could see where the lock and wood chips from the side of the door were on the ground."
While she was at school, thieves broke into her home, ransacking the place and stealing a long list of valuables.
"I was so upset. I was angry. I was sad," she recalled.
This break-in was not an isolated incident. We pulled a year's worth of Oklahoma City Police records from 18 metro apartment complexes. The one with the most call: Britton Courtyards. Officers were called there more than 900 times in a 12 month period, for crimes ranging from burglaries, assaults, even rape. One-third of the complexes had hundreds of calls to police, including several locations near Northwest 122nd and Pennsylvania Ave.
Oklahoma City Police Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow said apartment complexes aren't any different than a typical neighborhood. There's one key reason why apartment residents can be easy targets.
"You have a large concentration of people in one area, obviously a large concentration of vehicles, "Sgt. Wardlow said.
Many apartments have security features, like gates, cameras and extra lighting, to improve safety, something this mom wishes her former complex had done.
"Does someone else have to get murdered again? Is there going to be more crime before you realize or do we just not matter?"
Not every police call is for a violent crime. We found many 911 hang up calls, welfare checks and loud music reports as well.
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March 2013-February 2014