The city of Oakland is taking some serious bites out of crime. The Chronicle reports that the city has seen 15 straight months of decreased crime and serious crimes have reduced by 34 percent in March when compared with the same time last year. Serious crimes are defined as homicide, aggravated assault, rape, robbery, burglary, arson, larceny and auto theft, and all eight categories saw declines in March by about 24 percent. So what explains such drops? One factor may be that more officers were transferred from desk jobs to patrol and officers have worked hard to quickly suppress retaliatory shootings. Police Chief Anthony Batts said the following of the news:
“There's too much demand for this Police Department. We can't stop all shootings. You can't have an officer on every corner and every block in Oakland. [...] You have to understand who's at war with whom.”
While crimes also reduced in 2009, the city is now set to see a decline at a greater pace.
(Photo: Lance Iversen / The Chronicle)