OAKLAND (KCBS) – Residents have said burglaries surged in Oakland over the last year, and some Oakland Hills homeowners said properties have seen multiple break-ins over the past month.

The burglary rate citywide has climbed 42 percent since 2011, according to the Oakland Police Department. And some who live in the Oakland Hills claim the rate has doubled in certain neighborhoods.

KCBS’ Chris Filippi Reports:

Police Chief Howard Jordan acknowledged the disconcerting spike in crime at a packed community meeting Wednesday, where several who took the microphone complained they had been burglarized more than once.

“A lot of the homes that have burglar alarms, they’ve also been burglarized, so that’s a little troubling for us as well,” Jordan said.

Jordan assured skeptical residents that patrols in the hills were more frequent now because of the crime spree. He said having just 657 police officers on staff would not interfere with increased patrols there.

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Comments (3)
  1. Mark says:

    What does one expect. Oakland city thieves aren’t stupid. The only money in Oakland lives in the Oakland Hills.

  2. Tours Martel says:

    No one is asking the important question: what is wrong with Oakland’s citizens? Other cities in Alameda County are experiencing a reduction in crime, as is the nation as a whole. I suspect that a combination of police force reduction, caused by the state of California’s economy, and learned helplessness by the rich liberals of the hills is the root cause. Naturally the fact that 70% of Oakland is fatherless contributes to the situation.

  3. Darwin says:

    Well duh, the thugs in Oaktown know the po-po are busy doing other things so they are going where da money be.

    @gna – remember you are in California and if you do what you are suggesting you will more likely than not be charged with murder for defending your life and property. Just let the thugs brutalize you and do what they want, they have obviously been victims of social inequity.

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