High violent crime stats make a north Tulsa neighborhood the most dangerous


    High violent crime stats make a north Tulsa neighborhood the most dangerous (KTUL)

    TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- Tulsa police say alarming violent crime numbers, like shootings and murder, make the Valleyview neighborhood in north Tulsa dangerous.

    The people who live there said they aren't surprised.

    The Valleyview neighborhood is near 46th and Martin Luther King Boulevard.

    "When people tell you they have to sleep on the floor of their home not because they don't have beds but because they're afraid of stray bullets, I'd say that's a problem," said Major Wendel Franklin.

    Franklin oversees that part of town. He said a crime analyst looked at all violent crimes, and the most happened there.

    He said it's all about law enforcement and the community working together to make this area safer.

    "We got to have buy-in from the neighbors. If we don't, it just continues this cycle of violence," said Franklin.

    Larry Soils who volunteers at the Tulsa Dream Center, which helps the north Tulsa community with things like food and a safe place for kids to play after school, says it played a huge role in keeping him out of trouble.

    "I used to be homeless downtown. They used to call me the 'taxi man'; I took people everywhere to buy drugs or to the liquor store," said Soils.

    Franklin said they could put more officers out there but that would only be a temporary fix. Once the officers went back to their typical patrols, the violence would start back up.

    He also said it would be a strain on the relationship between police and the community since more officers could lead to more arrests and force.

    "We've got the olive branch out trying to get neighbors involved in it, and hopefully, they'll respond," said Franklin.

    The Executive Director for the Dream Center said having that relationship is critical.

    "It's not going to be easy, but it's definitely doable. The small choices the community and police departments make every single day can be the difference maker," said Johnson.

    Soils said he thinks improvement in his neighborhood could happen.

    "I think it could change. I really do," said Soils.

    Tulsa police and Crime Stoppers are hosting a meeting March 11 at 6 p.m.

    They're inviting anyone in north Tulsa to come by and talk to law enforcement about issues and goals for the area.


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