Oakland Data Plague of Murders and Violent Crime in 2021 – CBS San Francisco

OAKLAND (KPIX) – Oakland saw a dramatic increase in violence in 2021. Police reported that all shootings, robberies, robberies and break-ins have increased compared to 2020. The city ended the year with the highest murders in 15 years: 134 kills compared to 148 kills in 2006.

The Oakland Police Department publishes weekly crime statistics on their website. On December 26, the boroughs north of Lake Merritt, which include Rockridge, Temescal, Montclair and parts of the Oakland Hills, resulted in 12 deaths and 46 shootings with injuries. Several of the shootings resulted in multiple casualties.

In the areas west of the lake, which include downtown and West Oakland, 17 people were killed and at least 83 gunshots injured.

East Oakland remains the most dangerous part of the city. There were 105 homicides and 448 gunshot wounds.

The department reports that officials reacted to 3,320 shots across the city, but more important than any numbers is how people are feeling. Many people have said they don’t feel safe in Oakland.

Why the increase in violence?

Police officers said they saw a lot more guns on the streets. Some people blamed the detainees’ early release. They also pointed to the bail reform: the release of violent suspects on bail.

To change things, Oakland is funding more police academies to fill vacancies. The police have budgeted 737 posts, but there are only 692 officers left.

The city is also investing more money in Operation Ceasefire, an intervention program that provides jobs and other alternatives to gun violence for high-risk people.

And in three weeks, the division will be moving 48 officers on patrol in the deep east of Oakland, where most of the shootings take place.

The hope is that 2022 will be a much safer year.

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