Question: What Areas Should You Avoid in Lawton, Fort Sill & How Bad is the Crime Rate?
Earlier this morning I was browsing the interwebs and checking out Reddit to see what all was going on. While I was looking around and getting caught up I stumbled across a recent post on the Lawton Sub-Reddit page. A person is about to move here and wanted to know what areas they should avoid in Lawton, Fort Sill if they decide to move here. That's a great question and it appears that there are plenty of answers as well.
So what areas of Lawton, Fort Sill should you avoid & what about crime?
Along with wanting to know what places or areas they should try to avoid, they also asked what kind of crime happens in Lawton, Fort Sill. Most people when moving to a new city want to know what neighborhoods are safe and what the crime is like. Of course, the first response was meth, you gotta love that! Then the comments steered to general warnings and areas in town that have higher crime rates and violence.
How sad is it that meth is the first thing that comes up when talking about Lawton?
Lawton like any other town has places you might want to avoid and areas of town where crime rates are higher. Some neighborhoods are nicer and safer than others for sure, so you'll want to do your research before buying or renting. A lot of the people responding to the post suggested the East or West side of town. You'll hear that a lot, not that central Lawton is bad, it's just newer and most would say quieter elsewhere.
Avoid central or middle Lawton, head East or West. Better yet right outside of town!
Lawton, Fort Sill continues to struggle with its reputation. While it certainly has improved some over the past several years, a lot of people still think it's an incredibly dangerous place. It can be depending on what you're doing and where you're at. But, overall it's not a bad place to live and work. Sure it could be better and we have our fair share of problems including crime, but it could be a lot worse. There are worse places for sure!
Not a bad place to live. But there are loud kids, barking dogs & candy thieves!
We've made serious progress over the past couple of years improving Lawton, Fort Sill, and making it a better place all around. From beautification projects, infrastructure, employment opportunities, and working to lower crime rates. So what do you think? What places or areas in Lawton, Fort Sill should be avoided? What would you tell this person or anyone else who may be new to town about personal safety and crime?