Tulsa police show ways to avoid daytime crime

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Reported by: Ron Terrell
Updated: 2/26 10:44 am Published: 2/25 4:38 pm

The past few months, Tulsa has seen several high-profile home invasions during daylight hours.

Tulsa police told FOX23 about ways to help keep you from becoming a potential target and victim.

Police said criminals will often strike during the daylight hours on the assumption that nobody's home.

"Most people assume, just like you and I, we're out working, in the daytime," said Officer Leland Ashley with the Tulsa Police Department.

He told FOX23 that home burglaries dropped in Tulsa the past couple of years.

In 2011, there were more than 7,300. In 2013, that number was down by more than 1,400.

But late in 2013, the metro area saw a spike in high-profile, more violent daytime break-ins and robberies while people were at home.

On November 5th, FOX23 reported a break-in in east Tulsa in which the homeowner was shot twice.

Ashley explained many of these incidents stem from the fact that burglars are simply breaking into homes mistakenly thinking nobody's there.

“What they'll do, one of their main things is go up to the door (and knock),” he said.

Ashley said it's important to let that person know you're at home. He said if they think you're there, they're more likely to move on.

“What happens a lot of times is, say you open your door, that bad guy says, 'I’m looking for my friend Ron.'(You say) ‘Ron doesn't live here.' Then they'll move on to the next house. If you didn't answer your door, sometimes they'll go ahead and kick that door in," said Ashley.

He said that's what happens far too often and it can lead to sometimes-violent confrontations.

“We’ve seen many individuals who have maybe been pistol-whipped or just frightened out of their lives having a gun pointed in their face,” he said.

He said people should call police if they see anything suspicious.

“A lot of people will say, 'I didn't want to bother you guys, I didn't want to come off as thinking someone's up to something and they're not.' My suggestion's always been, call us. That's what we get paid for,” he said.

He also said building a tight bond with your neighbors can go a long way toward building tighter security around your neighborhood.

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