Shootings are down by 35 percent this year compared to last year; homicides dropped by 18 percent, with 30 counted as of May 19; and robberies fell by 38 percent with just over a thousand on record so far this year.READ MORE: San Francisco 49ers Confirm DE Bosa Cleared to Play Against Packers
Oakland recorded more robberies than any other major American city for the last couple of years, but now armed robberies are about half of what they were a year ago.READ MORE: Sharks' Minor Leaguer Suspended 30 Games For Racist Gesture
Police and city leaders credit greater neighborhood involvement and improved police work for the decline in crime as more residents are hire private security patrols and install cameras. Programs like Ceasefire, heavily touted by Mayor Jean Quan, are seen as the primary reason for fewer shootings and killings, while criminal task forces are likely responsible for the drop in robberies, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.MORE NEWS: San Jose Police Chief Details Fatal Shootout With Wanted Felon Following Attempted Carjackings
But with warmer weather around the corner, experts warn a summer spike could eliminate any progress made so far.