When we last looked at reported crimes in Oakland year against year, violent crime in 2009 was down around 13% compared to 2008, while property crime was down 25%. Let’s see how we’re doing now. Reported crimes as of May 6 (XLS):
With overall crime still hovering at around 20% lower than 2008, we’re well on our way towards meeting the Mayor’s goal of a 10% reduction in overall crime by the end of the year. I have to say I’m particularly pleased to note that after four straight years of rising violent crime (which was more than 50% higher last year compared to 2004), we finally appear to be on a downswing. A long way to go, certainly, but you can’t get to the end of the road until you start walking on it. Let’s hope these trends keep up.