Wondering Why?

Why is Oakland so dangerous?

Why is Oakland so dangerous?

In a study conducted by an agency ranking crime rates in the US cities, it was found out that Oakland never leaves the top 5 most dangerous cities for 5 years. Oakland is 4th in 2006, 4th in 2007, 3rd in 2008, 5th in 2009 and still 5th in 2010.

Surprisingly, Oakland continues to reach on top of the list.  If other cities progress by getting out of the top 5 list, Oakland has beenvisible in the most dangerous cities in the US.

Oakland, California, although ranks only as the 41st largest city in the US with a population of almost half a million, had been known for being an unsafe city.  In 2009, It ranked number one in auto theft, 3rd in robbery, and 14th in assault and murder.  There were also 1,592 vilolent crimes reported for every 100,000 Oakland residents.  This is far more alarming as compared with 659 violent crimes in other largest cities in California.

In 2010, Oakland Police Department reported that murder rate was down at 62 as compared to 80 in 2009.  This statistics simply indicates that murder rate in Oakland dropped by 23 percent and 39 percent in 2008 with 101 murders.

Oakland Police had been trying to implement strategies to at least lower down the numbers since Oakland is becoming a feared city.  This is not beneficial to the economy and tourism of the city because people will be afraid to invest if there are murders, theft, assault, etc. been happening frequently.

The data was based on the FBI’s Uniform Crime Rate Report. It is measured through a population of 75,000 which means only cities reaching at least that population is included in the crime rate report. The crime rate rankings are based on 6 categories: rape, murder, burglary, motor vehicle theft, robbery, and aggravated assault. These categories were already used for ten years starting in 2009.


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