As Tulsa police continue the search for the man responsible for eight sexual assaults in the past month, neighborhood watch groups and even local companies are joining the search effort.
EXP Realty said many of their clients live in the neighborhoods where the attacks have happened. They said that they’re going start foot patrols through the streets and are ready to report anything they see to police.
Nick Wagoner said he and his coworkers have had enough.
“Because the reality is this is national news. This is affecting our city,” Wagoner said.
Wagoner said agents are already paying closer attention since they spend so much time in the neighborhoods.
“We’re talking to neighbors. We’re looking around for cars and just people that look out of the ordinary,” Wagoner said.
Since safety is one of the first things people ask agents when buying or renting a house, Wagoner said these attacks are directly affecting business.
“It’s a huge effect because these attacks aren’t just in one location, they’re all over. It’s absolutely a negative thing for when we’re showing properties people now are more afraid than ever,” Wagoner said.
But he’s quick to point out that the planned patrols are not just a ploy to use a terrible situation to gain new business.
“These are more than just clients to us, these are our friends and our families that are in these neighborhoods. A lot of us live around the midtown area,” Wagoner said.
Wagoner and about a dozen of his coworkers will start patrolling various midtown neighborhoods from 3 to 7 every morning this week and until the serial sexual assault suspect is caught.