Oakland Police say the variety of armed robberies has elevated 115% prior to now yr – CBS San Francisco

OAKLAND (KPIX 5 / BCN) – Oakland police recently announced that armed car thefts in the city had increased 115 percent in the past 12 months, according to authorities.

The number of carjackings last year was up to 200 on Sunday, compared to 93 on June 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020, as the ministry announced on Wednesday.

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“From east to west,” said police spokeswoman Johnna Watson on Thursday at a briefing. “North Oakland, South, beyond Oakland. Therefore, there is no particular area that we focus on. That’s really all over the city of Oakland. “

In addition, according to police, more than six have occurred since Monday this week alone.

Armed suspects approach victims at traffic lights and stop signs, and suspects use a vehicle to crash into the victim’s vehicle before stealing the victim’s car, police said.

If the victim gets out to share information with the suspect, the suspect steals the vehicle.

“You’re in your car and you often come armed,” said Watson. “So they’re going to be armed with some kind of gun and want your car.”

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In some cases, the suspects have broken the window of the victim’s car in an attempt to steal their belongings such as purses, laptops or cell phones lying on a seat.

Police said most carjackings appear to be casual crimes, where the suspects use the vehicles to then commit other crimes such as home robberies and theft of personal belongings.

According to the police, several suspects are often involved in carjacking.

Oakland Councilor Noel Gallo told KPIX 5 that his concern is that many of those linked to the Oakland auto thefts are young and linked to other crimes.

“What I see in certain areas are the young people working together in groups,” says Gallo. “We have to address that immediately, as a community, as a family, as a home.”

Watson said of being a victim of carjacking, “We encourage you not to resist, not to fight. Property can be replaced, but not your life. “

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