On Wednesday, July 7th, the news media seemed to be shocked that there has been thousands of dollars worth of air conditioning equipment stolen from several of the north Tulsa Public School sites. The thieves are apparently taking entire units from the ground and from roofs they then sell them for the copper and aluminum scrap metal.
The fact which seems to be ignored is that thieves have been removing air conditioning units from vacant residences in north Tulsa for quite a few years. North Tulsa seems to have no concern that these individuals are able to operate without consequence.
There is a mind set in north Tulsa that you are wrong when you “rat” on someone who has committed a crime. It would be impossible that the amount of crime activity in north Tulsa is without witnesses. There can only be one interpretation for this, the residents of north Tulsa are enabling criminals.
The question would seem to be why this activity is allowed, but the fact is, the crimes are actually encouraged due to the entitlement mentality prevalent to the culture in north Tulsa.
How many entrepreneurs are going to invest in an area where crime seems to be not only tolerated, but actually encouraged? If there is investment in the area, you can be assured it is not being made by someone who actually lives in the area.
So Tulsa, when are you going to begin to clean up your act?