Help protect your Tulsa neighborhood, by starting an Alert Neighbor program

Thursday, January 19th 2006, 10:36 am
By: News On 6

Some Tulsa homeowners are on edge. A recent rash of burglaries and armed robberies has neighbors wondering what they can do to be secure and safe.

The number of people calling the Citizens Crime Commission to set up an Alert Neighbor program has doubled in the past month and News on 6 anchor Terry Hood says no neighborhood is immune.

The Stouts have lived in their neighborhood near 38th and Memorial for 25 years without a problem. That streak ended Tuesday afternoon. Mary Stout had only been gone for three hours. When she got back, she found her front door smashed in and her two Pomeranian dogs missing.

They could've just wandered off, but the Stouts found their pet carrier was missing, too. The thieves also went through their bank records and took some earrings. But what the Stouts miss the most are the dogs, they were like family.

Tim Stout: "To us, they're unbelievable, unbelievable dogs."

The Stouts had one of the Pomeranians for several years; the other was just 4 months old and was Tim's Christmas present for Mary. They’ve placed an ad in the paper, offering a $1,000 reward for the dogs.

The kicker is the Stouts' neighbors were home. That’s why neighborhood watches are so important.

To start one, call the Citizens Crime Commission at 585-5209.