UPDATED: Oakland Homicide Rate

Oakland Police Department buildingoakland police badge icon54 murders in 2015 as of late August.
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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.

Crime Statistics

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.

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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.

Do you think Oakland needs a youth curfew?

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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
2004: 83
2003: 109
2002: 108
2001: 84
2000: 80
1999: 68
1998: 81
1997: 110
1996: 102
1995: 153
1994: 151
1993: 167
1992: 175 deaths Oakland’s murder record
1990: 146

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:
2011: 1
2010: 5
2009: 6
2008: 8
2007: 5
2006: 4

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.


  1. marin native says

    Rip to those love ones lost. Y’all should move to Marin this stuff does not happen here.

  2. Chris says

    East Oakland Is a rough city to live in period… I was raised there – Endless Shootouts, robberies, gang fights, murder for drugs and people killing each other over drug turf, car jackings, drive bys, hoes being stuffed in a trunk of a car, cops killing people, bank robberies, never ending high speed police chases, bars being robbed and patrons beaten for their wallet, shootouts in highland hospital parking lot, people thrown off a two story building and how many times have we heard of children being killed by a stray bullet, mail man robbed, people robbed for food stamps, drug stores robbed for their drugs, hit and runs, burrito trucks robbed for cash, home invasions, dead bodies found in cars/streets, homeless people pissing/crapping everywhere, this is everyday life in The Town. I could go on and on.. Better yet just ask anyone that was raised in Oakland!

  3. Debora says

    When families accept the money and gifts from the men of Oakland who do not have jobs, where do they think that money comes from?

    When 13, 14, and 15 year old girls have babies, how do they have the skills to properly guide a baby through school they, themselves have not completed? How do they guide the morality of a child when they have had little to no guidance?

    I teach in Oakland and I see the devastation that “fast money” and gifts plays in families who accept the gifts then watch as their boyfriends, sons and grandsons go to prison. I also see the effect from my own home after the crimes have been committed and people are left in fear as the criminal has the address, id and knowledge of the homes and people they have robbed.

    I work 10 – 12 hours per day staying after school to teach the math, science, English, grammar, spelling, geography, history and writing that has not been learned. I give this freely and it is not the students who are poor, whose parent does not work that shows up for help. It is the child of the parent who works two jobs that shows up.

    I hold parent – teacher conferences anywhere the parent will meet me – on any day of the week. I often hold them at church. I have had many parents drive away as I come up to the car to try to talk about their sons and daughters. In every one of these cases at least one girl in the family is a teen mom and at least one boy in the family is in prison for drugs, gangs or robbery with a weapon.

    Please don’t tell me these children do not have an opportunity for an education. I am at school with doors open 10 hours a day and tutor students from kindergarten through as old as they are when they come for help – some middle school, some even high school. You can’t get a job if you are not educated. You can’t be educated if you don’t show up every single day and work hard, pay attention and do the work every single day. No birthdays off, no – auntie is coming to town days off and no our family is having a party days off. Every day, show up, work hard, no excuses.

  4. Mike says


  5. Desirae Velasquez baby sister of Jacob Velasquez murdered March 5th, 14 says

    What ever happened to Peace an trust.
    Our mom now only has one son now.
    We no longer have our center piece to our heart.
    My big brother an big sister no longer have a baby brother to call on.
    Two of us no longer have a big brother to call on.
    She no longer has a uncle to call on.
    He no longer has a uncle to look up to.
    An he will never have a Junior to call his own.
    Love you Jacob always an forever.

  6. mike says

    I’m from Oakland living in northern Colorado and the perception of Oakland here is so negative and not just because of the Raiders, but they have a sense that the town is a barbaric place where there is nothing but zoo animals running around all wild…. They are truly shocked at how articulate and smart I am coming from there, I have to argue with people in support of my wonderful city all the time… What we are doing there is getting around the world and we need to change our behavior to show how strong and smart the the people of the city of Oakland.

  7. TAGGUUIITT says

    My Grandpa and my Father died, one 33, other younger than in his twenties. They died in the streets, both from gunshot wounds different years, different crimes. But they died the same way, lost blood from left leg artery. Not including other family I lost to guns. It is what it is and whats it’s gotta be. STILL LOVE MY CITY REGARDLESS THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE IT.

  8. R.I.P Vell says

    People need jobs so they can stress less and support their families. When you don’t have a roof or food to eat, you do dumb and hateful things.

  9. Mikey Mack says

    You think a curfew is going to keep a 15-17 year old killer inside? I don’t think so. By age 12 these children have already mastered the art of eluding the police. I know for a fact that it would cause trouble for teen parents working late to provide for their families or children. I know it would give the police a reason to stop everyone that “fits the description”. What we need is gun control, not the type that makes things harder on registered owners or make it harder to obtain a legal weapon. Truth be told this crime in Oakland isn’t being committed with legally owned weapons. There’s mass killings going on daily in inner city areas, it’s not headlined because it isn’t a school or an airport. Is the true problem the age? Or how easy it is to access guns and how quickly they get released after being caught with them?

  10. Daniel Shelkofsky says

    As a west Oakland resident, the systemic nature of the problem is painfully clear. Poverty, lack of jobs and educational incentive, and a violence-obsessed media culture is what keeps the block so damn hot all the time. Crooked police don't help.

  11. Ti'Isha Edwards says

    A lot. I have been an Oakland resident since 1973 and we had a curfew given by my mother. Be home before the street lights come on. I was not allowed to hang out after dark.
    When it comes to children. They need a curfew to learn how to govern themselves when they become adults.

  12. Erin Leigh Oliver says

    Haven't you realized Poverty = Crime. What is a curfew going to do? Maybe if it didn't take 45 minutes for someone to show up to a 911 call or maybe if the city didn't spend over 5 million dollars shooting tear gas at peaceful protestors they could have been helping people.

    People will do what they have to put food in their mouth, a roof over their head, and the lights on. When you guys get that and stop BS'ing about a curfew instead of the REAL issues then stop fronting.

    • maria says

      POVERTY = CRIME ONLY because that is what people want for themselves. There are MANY other ways to put food in their mouth, a roof over their head, and keep the lights on. Ways that do not require selling drugs, stabbing, shooting, or robbing another human being who works day by day to get what they need for their family. I come from Oakland, born and raised. I didn’t grow up wearing the brand new Jordan’s or wearing name brand clothes, but I chose something different for my self. I joined the military and now I am working on getting my bachelors degree. I refused to allow others to put a label on me simply because I come from Oakland. So this is what I am saying; EACH individual has the opportunity, the chance to make a decision, to make a choice. I was given the same tools, the same education that our youth receives in our community now and days. So there should be no one else to blame but ourselves. Instead of pointing fingers or trying to find someone to put the blame on, how about we educate ourselves and become someone who can make a change in our community. This was my choice, my decision, I am not saying that this will work for everyone. I am simply using this as an example. I am proud to say that I am from Oakland, and I will come back to my community as a nurse, and a veteran who served her country.

  13. Jessica Eiko Hollie says

    Way to fear mongering. We don't need a youth curfew, we need schools to stay open and permenant jobs. That will decrease crime. Howard Jordan and Jean Quan haven't done anything with the 100 block plan, including informing people of where this supposed 100 blocks is. Larry Reid has been "tough on crime" since the stone ages when he was voted in, but his district continues to be one of the most crime ridden areas. More police does not mean less crime. We are not all criminals.

  14. Dat OneBrawd says

    R.I.P to the people lost.
    Women, children, men and there families….
    We need to come together and spread love.
    Not ignorance and hate.

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