Crime Stats Update, July 2009

All that talk about crime in the comments on the last post reminded me that it’s about time for our monthly crime check-in. Reported Part I crime continues to be down compared to last year, although the trend of creeping closer to 2008 totals continues this month. Just a little bit, though.

Here are the numbers as of July 2nd (XLS).

9 thoughts on “Crime Stats Update, July 2009

  1. Barry K

    Who’s supplying this data? OPD?

    The FBI has significantly different numbers (HIGHER) than those in this table.
    (under California, then Oakland)

    Now, if we could get some local data on public corruption and firings at City Hall, that would be terrific.

    Oakalnd ranks #5 nationwide as the most dangerous US City for 2008.

  2. Kipper

    Barry K,

    Unless I’m missing something, the numbers in your referenced FBI table are for 2008 and 2009 crime totals for those years while the above table compares 2009 YTD compared to the same YTD stats for 2007 and 2008 as the year progresses. No reason to assume the statistics are incorrect.

  3. Bjorn Tipling

    Why do we even need crime stats. A dying cancer patient doesn’t need an audit of their tumors to know they’re in trouble. How many here can walk down MacArthur ever? Market Street? Some portions of Oakland look like something out of HBO’s the Wire. I don’t get the point of navel gazing at these numbers. It’s pretty obvious that two gigantic issues facing Oakland are crime and budget issues. Oakland is infamous for its criminal activity. Go down to San Diego and LA and all the gang bangers there have been wearing Oakland Raiders jackets and caps for decades.

    Crime needs to be the number one issue addressed by this city. Not parks. Not transportation. Not anything other than crime. You can’t have a viable growing community if everyone is scared out of their minds. Who here doesn’t know of someone that has gotten “rolled” for walking a few blocks too far from downtown?

    There are Iron bars on shop windows all the way up Telegraph. There are boarded up houses with broken windows in every corner of this city. There are young restless men standing around in groups not getting a job on Grant and Martin Luther King Jr. There are kids being shot in East Oakland. Etc.

    Why do we care about these numbers. A percentage point movement here and there means nothing when streets are covered in blight and blood.

  4. Kipper

    3 points to Bjorn:

    1) I agree the problems are obvious, but attempts at progress (or lack thereof) needs to be measured in order to reflect what works (or doesn’t).

    2) Regarding Raiders jackets in SoCal, years ago the Raiders were based in L.A. Please do not try to say that Oakland is more crime ridden, per capita or otherwise, than L.A.

    3) What I hear and understand from you is your frustration with the status quo. Don’t give up.

  5. livegreen

    I agree with Bjorn. We need to concentrate on solutions, on putting the pressure on our “city leaders” for meaningful solutions, and on volunteering or contributing ourselves when & where possible.

  6. Robert

    According to the Trib, OPD is now below 803 officers, and there are no plans to get back to that level. Which I think means that Measure Y is history for next year. And since Measure Y can’t be collected anyway, Mayor Ron is free to lay off any of the 140 officers targeted in the budget for layoffs if they do not get the full grant from the Feds.

  7. V Smoothe Post author

    The Police Department being staffed at 803 officers has no relation to the City’s ability to collect Measure Y taxes. The City is simply required to budget for 803 officers, not employ them. Since Measure Y passed in 2004, there have only been about 7 months when the Department was staffed above the 803 level.

  8. Kipper

    According to department sources, current staff is at 796 as of yesterday. If you wait a few more months, they won’t have to lay off anyone.

  9. Jonathan C. Breault

    There are lies. There are damn lies. There are statistics. Meaningless nonsense designed to present to the public a preposterous fiction. The Pollyannas pounce on any real or perceived “improvement” in the quality of life here in Oakland while ignoring the true state of the town. Theirs is a view through a prism of infantile parochialism and small-town boosterism. Anything to rationalize absurd ineptitude and chronic deviance. Oakland has done nothing to remedy the crime epidemic. It could and most probably will emerge stronger than ever.