KTUL investigates: Top 5 burglary spots in Tulsa
Whether you’re walking out to an empty porch, a ransacked car or a torn up living room, crooks are on the hunt right now looking for stuff to steal.
Channel 8’s I-team has narrowed down the top 5 places in Tulsa where police received the most burglary reports in 2016.
5. Virgin to Pine, Lewis Avenue to Delaware Avenue
According to police, 33 reported burglaries happened here in 2016. (Data through September.)
4. 61st Street to 64th Street, Riverside to Peoria
According to police, 37 burglaries were reported here in 2016. (Data through September.)
3. 55th Place to 61st Street, Riverside to Peoria
Millions of dollars are being spent to create a dream park for Tulsa, but three miles south of the new "Gathering Place" is Tulsa’s No. 3 spot for burglaries.
Compared to 2015, burglaries have gone up an average of 8 percent here.
“They didn’t have to cut, they were able to take it off, they hung it inside of the door for us,” said Laura. “That was nice of them to leave the lock.”
Laura has had lawn equipment stolen from her shed. Next door is a vacant house that’s had plenty of unwelcome visitors.
“I found a bunch of items on the side of this house, that they dropped off,” said Laura.
Her neighborhood is on the edge of one of Tulsa's biggest problem areas.
“For volume of property and violent crime, this is the area of primary concern in Tulsa,” said City Councilor Ben Kimbro, District 9.
The 61st and Peoria area has long been a hotspot for car thefts, drug crimes and now burglaries.
“61st and Peoria has been a challenge to Tulsa for longer than it should,” said Kimbro.
Elected to replace former city councilor and now Mayor G.T. Bynum, Kimbro says a new grant will put a police officer in this area of town around the clock. He says he’s also working with property owners of the apartment complexes.
“It’s not enough for us to stay in our houses, look out the window and just recognizes it’s all bad. You’ve got to get out and get involved,” said Kimbro.
2. 61st Street North to 51st Place North, Cincinnati to Hartford
This area of town might be No. 2 on the list for 2016, but the number of burglaries are down an average of 25 percent compared to last year.
“I’ve had someone try to break into my washing room door over here, my father-in-law has had his truck stolen and stripped,” said Les.
Les says he’s not just fighting the problem of crime in his area, but cancer as well.
“If you’re not disabled, and you’re just living off of what you’re doing, you need to get a job,” said Les.
1. 38th Street North to 36th Street North, Peoria to Quaker
This area is surrounded by empty fields, vacant buildings and the Comanche Park Apartments.