More Tulsa neighborhoods using Alert Neighbors

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Reported by: Preston Jones
Updated: 7/19/2013 9:02 pm Published: 7/19/2013 4:47 pm

More alert neighbor signs are popping up all over town, but does the program really help reduce crime?

FOX23 found one midtown neighborhood where neighbors say the program is helping. Many of the homes also have alert neighbor stickers in their windows.

Neighbors say they feel safer since starting the program.

"I do believe that the crime rate has dropped significantly since we started it," said Toni Graber, president of Patrick Henry Neighborhood Association

Graber helped make the area an alert neighborhood back in March.

Since then, a lot has changed.

"I'm not getting the reports of people getting this kind of stuff happening at their homes like I did before we put signs up," she said.

The Oklahoma Crime Prevention Network said there are about 500 alert neighborhoods in Tulsa, with 50 started just within the past two years.

The network isn't tracking crime rates right now, but said police think having more eyes and ears on the streets is a good thing.

"I do tell people that if they see something that doesn't look right, please call the police immediately," Graber said.

People in midtown have taken to Facebook to keep people informed about things they've seen that look out of place.

And Graber said she'll keep putting up stickers and signs to keep her street safe.

"We want it so they see it when they come in the neighborhood, and when they're in the neighborhood."

The program used to receive $15,000 a year in funding, but that's no longer the case. Neighbors pay for all these signs and stickers; they tell me it's a small price to pay for safety.

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