Tulsa city leader talks about what will end the violence

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Updated: 1/08/2013 9:02 am Published: 1/07/2013 10:42 pm

While a gate surrounds Fairmont Terrace, hardly anyone here feels safe at the 61st and Peoria apartments.

Yet again, police are searching for answers and neighbors are concerned.

"I had a friend that used to live in Fairmont," said Marion Khondaker.

Khondaker told FOX23 that she never felt safe visiting.

"I didn't feel comfortable parking," said Khondaker. "I didn't feel comfortable leaving the car. I thought someone would steal it."

Khondaker said she never witnessed a crime happen right in front of her, but she got an eerie feeling that something wasn't right. By the numbers it's clear, trouble was around.

In Tulsa's District 9, over the last two years, according to TPD, in the areas of 51st to 71st, from Riverside to Peoria, there have been more than 1,800 burglaries; 1,100 aggravated assaults; more than 400 robberies and 26 people have been killed.

"This is an area that they've consistently had problems with. Consistently focused on," said City Councilor, G.T. Bynum. Bynum said there are plenty of recommendations to stop the violence.

"We need to do a better job of advertising of how people can report crimes anonymously and reassuring that they are anonymous," said Bynum.

"Come forward, don't be afraid. That’s what law enforcement is for," said Khondaker.

Khondaker's friend moved to another city, so now she has no reason to visit the area. However, dozens of tenants don't have that option.

"I always go with my gut feeling. I just had a feeling," said Khondaker.

FOX23 placed a call to the new management of Fairmont Terrace, however, our calls were not returned. Bynum said more money is expected to go toward security for the apartments.

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Gladys Crump - 1/13/2013 12:21 AM
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Sure spend more money on these hell holes...that should fix the problem.How about we the taxpayers stop paying for these habitual welfare recipents to live in these formerly nice apartments..I am 65 years old, a Vietnam Vet who is supporting two adult mentally disabled children and one grandchild on my $900.00 per month social security disability check,including paying my mortgage, utilities and buying my diabetes meds. I have never been arrested or even suspected of breaking a law, don't drink, don't use drugs, and no one is helping me with anything, I can't even get food stamps to feed my family because they say I have too much income, and I am paying property and sales taxes to support these low life inbred animals to use drugs, rape and kill anyone they feel like......? Stop supporting them, when people work for a living they don't have time to commit as much crime, make them work for a living like I did for 45+ years after I finished my enlistment.

aleman - 1/12/2013 9:35 AM
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That's about it memyselfandeye,our city dinosaurs are only concerned with hedging their investments in the riverbed walk and spending billions of taxpayers dollars on buildings downtown for winos and perverts to hang out in,the are very afraid of offending someone,so the gangs run loose and for all intents and purposes they run the city,the big drug money from the higher ups in these gangs order these murders,they are not a random act of violence.We have a big problem in Tulsa

memyselfandeye - 1/8/2013 11:44 AM
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That's it?!!! Advertise??? What the heck? 26 deaths plus all of the other crime and they are only going to ADVERTISE Crime Stoppers?! WOW.

Problem Solver - 1/8/2013 6:34 AM
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well, when you try to put a ghetto project into a decent part of town, this is what you end up with.........I think they should put out some hunting permits & allow some of the rednecks to roll in & take care of the out of control animal problem
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