In 2011, Oakland experienced a number of changes in crime patterns when compared to previous years. Overall, reported violent crime in 2011 was almost identical in volume to 2010 with 6,805 reports, while property crimes saw a 5.4% increase over the prior year, up to 25,995. Major changes in citywide indicators included a drastic jump in assaults with a firearm [245(a)(2)] up 25.5% in 2010, and up 27.6% compared to the previous five-year average. Domestic violence saw a marked drop of almost 20 percent, which is the unusual due to the fact that domestic violence is the only crime benchmark that typically increases with high unemployment levels. Likewise, reported incidences of rape were down 26.3%, and both drugs and prostitution saw large drops of 43.4% and 16.8%, respectively. However, there is a caveat that comes with drug and vice crime report statistics: reported drug and vice crimes are almost entirely dependent on police action–no active raids or stings effectively means no crime from a pure statistical perspective.
While in-home robbery was down from a high in 2010, the 198 reports still represent a 32.9% increase compared to the past five years. Carjackings declined compared to 2010, and over previous years, down 24.5% from 2010 to 2011 (188).
To see how crime was distributed across the city and how it changed according to police beats, read our related post on beat level crime maps.
Download the full table of data in a Google spreadsheet here.
* Over/Under compares the change in 2011 from the previous 5-year average.
* Note these totals are based on all reported crimes provided by OPD and will not accurately reflect official UCR reported totals due to
methodology differences. These numbers represent total counts of reports of each crime type.
Note: As of October 2011, Urban Strategies Council is no longer under contract with the City of Oakland and the OPD to perform crime analysis. We are publishing these maps and data as a service to the community who have expressed an overwhelming desire for better access to usable information and data on crime in Oakland.
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