TPD report uptick in robberies; several residents take precaution, police give advice on what to do

Posted at 6:29 PM, Jun 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-23 08:07:15-04

TULSA-- Within the past month, the Tulsa Police Department says they have seen an increase in armed robberies.

Several Tulsa residents have been over cautious due to the growing number of reported armed robberies.

“I’m always concerned about it and want to make sure that, especially at night, doors are shut and everything’s locked up,” said Tulsa resident Jeff Downey.

Another resident, Nicki Moore, said she is taking extra precautions making sure she and her family are safe.

“It’s a scary world out there anymore,” said Moore. “We have firearms in our home, and in the vehicle and I have Tasers, you just never know.”

Police said a majority of the armed robberies are happening late at night.

“There’s been a lot recently where people are walking to their homes or they’re sitting in a car in a parking lot or, you know, pizza delivery those types,” said Tulsa Police Officer Jeanne Mackenzie.

Officers said the best thing to do if you’re in a situation where someone with a weapon is demanding something from you is to just give it to them.

“Give them what they’re asking for, don’t fight them. Just get a good description that you can of that person,” said Officer Mackenzie.

Moore said from now on she’s double-checking her surroundings.

“It’s kind of scary. I mean I’ve got little kids and you never know when you’re going to be approached,” said Moore.

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