How a face mask ordinance could impact crime

How a mask mandate could impact crime

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa police say masks are allowing criminals to fit in better with the public.

They say they’ve seen multiple crimes committed in the last few months where thieves and others were wearing the surgical masks and bandannas not looking suspicious before committing crimes.

Police say a mask mandate -- like the one approved by Tulsa City Council on Wednesday -- will mean the public will have to be even more aware of their surroundings.

Content Continues Below

Police say criminals will often have certain behaviors just before committing crimes like nervousness, sweating and overall strange behavior.

They are reminding people to also think about being good witnesses. Since it’s harder to see faces they say try and pay attention to any accents, hair, piercings, tattoos, vehicle descriptions and tag numbers.

As far as how a mask mandate would impact the department in regards to interacting with the public and also enforcement, police say they are still working through the details.