Last Thursday’s Tulsa World featured a story about the Tulsa Police Department’s new CompStat Crime Tracking (Tracking Tulsa’s Crime). Those reading closely may have caught a mention of our car vandal by Major Williams.
Gilcrease Division, north-central and northwestern Tulsa: Maj. Paul Williams noted minimal change in the total number of Part 1 crimes during the evaluation period in the Gilcrease Division, which he commands. During last month’s time period, 423 such crimes were reported, compared to 422 the month before.
Williams said the division saw increases in auto thefts and larcenies, specifically burglaries from vehicles. CompStat helped officers focus on areas where car thieves are concentrating, including the 1100 block of North Main Street and the downtown entertainment districts.
“In one case we were able to identify a suspect, and in the other case we identified a location and specific day of the week and time frame when the thefts are occurring,” Williams said.
Gilcrease officers now have specific information they can use to tackle the problem.
Palmer noted that last year the city saw a drastic decrease in auto thefts, with more than 30 percent fewer auto thefts in 2008 compared to 2007. He suggested vehicle thefts might be cycling back up.
The statistics also showed that officers in the division made 14 more arrests for Part 1 crimes during that time period, increasing from 64 to 78.
Major Williams confirmed to me today that the TPD did in fact bring our car vandal into police custody on March 26th! Thank you to everyone who made calls to the TPD and provided information that lead to the arrest of this criminal! If you continue to experience car break-ins, please let me know.
At our next neighborhood meeting, April 18th, we will be foregoing regular business to welcome Captain Karen Tipler from the Tulsa Police Department. Capt. Tipler will be giving us a crime report for our area as well as answering questions. If you have any questions that you think might need researching, please let me know and I will forward them on to Capt. Tipler. Please plan on attending this informative presentation! After the meeting we will be hosting the Annual Plant Swap in the community garden.
The Brady Heights Alert Neighbor program will be launched 6:00 pm on May 7th at Centenary United Methodist. A representative from the Tulsa Crime Commission will be leading this presentation and teaching us how to begin. Come and get involved!
Look for more details on these events in April’s issue of the Brady Heights Newsletter