Violent crime, car burglaries on the rise in Oakland, 2019 police data shows

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OAKLAND (KRON) — The City of Oakland saw more crime in 2019 than in the previous year, including higher numbers of homicides, shootings and car burglaries, according to a report released Monday by the police department.

The data tracks crime from Jan. 1, 2019 to Dec. 31, 2019 and compares the numbers to 2018 and the previous five year average.

City leaders on Monday discussed the latest numbers and offered some new plans to bring crime down.

“It is indeed always a disappointment when you see any increase in crime, which we did in this past year,” said Oakland Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick.

Overall crime increased last year by 15 percent compared to 2018, with the most significant increase in car burglaries and residential robberies.

Kirkpatrick said because of the increase in property crimes, Oakland is forming a task force with other cities to help curb the crime.

Violent crime overall increased by 7 percent in 2019 from the previous year.

Homicides were under 90 for the sixth consecutive year.

Guillermo Cespedes is the city’s new chief of violence prevention.

He said the city will be taking a community-driven, public health approach to tackling violent crime.

“We don’t get involved with arresting people, but we do get involved with the relationship between community and police,” he said.

In 2018, Oakland police investigated 8,226 car burglaries. Last year, that number jumped by 38 percent to 11,367.

Residential robberies increased by 32 percent in 2019, increasing to 96 cases from 73 in 2018.

Oakland saw a decrease in rape in 2019, with the number of crimes decreasing by 17 percent compared to 2018, according to city data.

Looking at data from the last five years, the most significant changes are in burglary and aggravated assault, which both saw increases compared to the five year average.

For the full report from Oakland Police on 2019 crime data, click here.

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