Surviving an armed robbery

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Updated: 11/20/2012 9:10 am Published: 11/19/2012 7:38 pm

Tulsans are getting held up by gunmen all hours of the day and night.

Last month, an elderly woman was robbed at gunpoint in her Midtown Tulsa driveway around 8:00 am.

Parking lots are havens for robbers and so are apartment complexes.

Tulsa police report preliminary numbers show there were 39 robberies of individuals in September. TPD categorizes them as “highway robberies.”

Research shows there are three areas of town where robberies are happening and three things you can do to stay alive if a crook puts a gun to your head.

In north Tulsa, more people were robbed in a neighborhood.

In midtown Tulsa, strip malls, parking lots at convenience stores, fast food restaurants and Promenade mall showed a trend for robbery by individuals.

In south Tulsa, more people were robbed in their apartment complex than other place in September.

East Tulsa and west Tulsa did not show a trend in September for armed robberies of individuals.

Neighborhood robberies:
Police recommend if you are pulling into your driveway and you face a robber, do not roll down your window to see what the person wants.

"Knocked on my window and I put the window down and there was a gun on the window," said a grandmother who was robbed in her Midtown driveway.

If a gunman gets too close comply and try not to put up a fight.

Strip Mall robberies:
In September police reported of the 39 armed robberies of individuals, 17 happened in strip mall, convenience store or fast food parking lots. The majority occurred in Midtown Tulsa.

"He pulled the gun out put it to my head he said give me everything you have," said a victim who was held up in his car at convenience store.  "He pretty much had the gun at my head the whole time."

Police recommend you pay attention to what is going on around you, stay off your phone and even carry pepper spray to fend off a mugger.

Apartment complex robberies:
In South Tulsa, more people were robbed in an apartment complex and a majority occurred at 61st & S. Peoria.

Police recommend if a stranger asks for a favor, money or a cigarette make it clear you don’t want them to get any closer.

Officers recommend you put your arms up and be loud and tell them to “get back.”

Police recommend no matter where you the key to surviving an armed robbery is to be aware, walk with confidence, keep your head up and eyes peeled.

Most importantly, do what you can to keep a robber out of your car so you can get away safely.

Police recommend it helps to know how to be a good witness: First, stay away, from the crime that’s taking place. Secondly, take note of head to toe markings including tattoos or facial hair along with the getaway vehicle and tag number.

Finally, report what you witnesses and descriptions to police.

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Mayor Maynot - 11/19/2012 8:18 PM
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If they're African Americans #8-) don't call them by the N word. They already know they're N's and they don't appreciate a white page ad. Plenty of good ways to avoid situations like that. Order on line. FedEx will deliver it right to your door.
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