As part of our work in supporting the Alameda County Violence Prevention Initiative we recently produced an update of our county Violence Fact Sheet.  According to the 2012 uniform crime reports, Alameda County had higher rates of violent crime than California and the Nation. Over the past decade, 2003 to 2012, Alameda County and California had divergent trends in violent crime rates. In Alameda County the violent crime rate has increased, while statewide and nationally, violent crime rates have been steadily decreasing.

A majority of violent crimes continue to occur in Oakland. Although only a quarter of the County’s population reside in Oakland, 68% of all violent crimes are reported in Oakland

2012 was a year of increased violence in Alameda County.  Compared to 2000, the rate of reported violent crimes in the County has increased by 25% and is close to the 12 year high of 818 reports per 100,000 residents.

ViolentCrimeRates_2000to2012

Robbery in particular, has increased dramatically: both Oakland and Emeryville have experienced rates of violence higher than their ten-year average (see table below)

violent_forWebFor more information please download the latest fact sheet or check out the raw data:https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AqO7wbVCIIt6dEhDcl9XckdRZ3p2Y1FBRXRjSE5sZlE&