Update for 2016: 18 homicides so far.
I am thinking about abandoning this article. I will keep a tally here for you but not a detailed summary on each homicide as I have in the past.
89 total murders in 2015.
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5 Oakland Police involved deaths.
2015 Latest Murder (updated too frequently)
2014 Victim List and summaries.
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*Note: Some reporting agencies show a higher number because they are counting all 3 police shootings as street homicides when in all cases the dead suspect had guns out and in 2 cases clearly aimed at police and in one case firing 30 rounds. These will not be counted as the Oakland homicide rate here and that’s why our numbers may differ by 3 deaths. However all of these cases are highlighted separately in the full details 2015 link below.
The homicide statistics in Oakland are currently at such a high level, even when the crime decreases it’s well above the national average as far as homicides and crime statistics. The city attributes most of the violent crime to gang related activity. The gang violence is surely adding to the cities record numbers and the police task force has been cracking down on gang violence lately.
They Say Murders Are Declining
However because I pay close attention to the topic I have noticed a few bad trends. Many people are still being shot, luckily they are just not being killed. The Oakland murder rates have been so high because of gang wars in Oakland and turf battles but a lot of those people are already dead and in jail so the overall death toll is dropping.
But what about these other shootings? It turns out a lot of innocents are being shot in the legs and arms purposely during recent robberies. So the street criminals that are out robbing people are also shooting them in a manner that will not kill them. And some of these are victims that have already surrendered their possessions and phones.
Random Oakland Shootings
1 Robbed, shot and killed while hiking in Oakland Hills Park [link]
2 Shot for no reason in leg [link]
2 innocents 1 robbery and one no reason [link]
1 shot downtown for no reason. [link]
1 shot in back while fleeing possible robbery [link]
1 robbed then shot in back of head [link]
1 64 year old man shot in shoulder after robbery [link]
1 shot during robbery while fleeing [link]
1 shot while resisting robbery [link]
2 shot in separate robberies [link]
1 shot in leg while resiting robbery [link]
1 shot in hand while resisting robbery [link]
1 recent home invasion robbery no shooting [link]
1 shot in head during robbery [link]
So as you see there is actually a very dangerous deadly trend on the rise in Oakland. I have only listed a few of the shootings that did not amount to deaths but there are a lot more. The thing I find most alarming is the trend in shooting robbery victims for no reason.
The war on gentrification has gotten dangerous.
While gang shootings, murders and neighborhood violence is dropping, things like car jackings, residential robbery such as burglary and home invasions are on the rise. So basically while the people in the streets have killed off most of the targets and murders rates are indeed dropping, crime on new comers moving to Oakland is still on the rise so be careful.
It turns out Oakland made the robbery capitol of America yet again in 2013. Surprised? Not at all.
Murders are going down and transplants are being robbed.
Bookmark and check back here, this article is updated per murder. I think the reason people are getting away with so much crime is because the Oakland Police Department doesn’t fly the police helicopter(ARGUS) anymore.
Oakland Crime Stats
Here are the yearly homicide statistics.
Note these are obtained from a few sources and some murder totals conflict on various reporting agencies such as FBI vs OPD and local news agencies so I have included multiple numbers for the conflicting murder totals. FBI is included first.
2013: 89 / 92 homicides. An improving trend and even a low we haven’t experienced since 2004.
2012: 127 / 135
2011: 104 / 110
2010: 90 / 95
2009: 104 / 110
2008: 115 / 125
2007: 120 / 127
2006: 145 / 148
2005: 93 / 94
1992: 175 deaths Oakland’s murder record
Oakland Robbery Rates Rising
Robberies(highest in the nation).
Be careful with you cellphone! Cell phone theft is on the rise, especially in Oakland.
Cell phones are being snatched right out of peoples hands in crowded public places like downtown and on crowded buses.
If you have an Android phone you can activate Googles built in security to find your phone now.
To add even more funk to the high crime in Oakland you now have just as many police officer suicides as you do police officers killed in the line of duty over the last 4 years. 4 each.
San Francisco Homicide Rate:
2014: 41 homicides
2013: 46 killings
2012: 68 homicides
2011: 50 deaths
2010: 48 deaths
2009: 45 victims
2008: 98 killings
2007: 100 murders
2006: 86 dead
Richmond Homicide Rate
2014: 13 homicides
2012: 18 homicides
2011: 26 murders
2010: 21 deaths
2009: 47 victims
1991: 62 murders
San Jose Murder Rate Rising:
2014: 32 homicides
2013: 44 killings
2012: 46 murders
2011: 41 deaths
Berkeley Homicide Count:
Popped in Oakland: The Follow Up
This documentary about shootings in Oakland takes you down the rabbit hole into deep East Oakland.
In response to a few comments saying we don’t need a youth curfew and that it won’t help with the problem. It would help greatly.
What kid under 18 should be out past 10pm on any given night? Most of the killings and robberies are from people under 18.
Some say we just need after school programs? How would that benefit 11pm on a Saturday night?
Or more jobs? Easy to say but where do jobs come from? Thin air?
Why would any smart company move into Oakland? So that their employees can get robbed walking from the office to BART?
And if another company did move in offering 10,000 positions how many of those would be fill-able by some 17 year old killer with no skill set?
Oh so now you say we need more schools? More schools won’t make someone learn. It won’t stop them from doing what they are doing. Anyone who wants to learn can and will.
I work in the IT field and did not go to “school” for it. I learned on my own on the internet.
I too am from the Oakland Unified School District and dealt with over crowded classrooms.
Parents are the issues, morals are the issue, lack of police to stop these people without parents or morals is the issue.
So you can pretend poor Oakland and it’s lack of schools and jobs but the real issue is a bunch of residents of Oakland at this time period don’t value human life, couldn’t work a job if they even wanted one and wouldn’t attend after school programs if they were available.
I love my city, born and raised here and seen it through a lot of tough times. This is not about negativity. My entire site is promoting Oakland. Take a look around.
Be proud of your city and neighbors. Don’t be part of the problem.
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