Leaders Differ Over What’s Driving Oakland’s Fluctuating Crime Rates (KQED)

By SARA HOSSAINI | January 31, 2015

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Robbery — it’s one of the quintessential crimes that we fear when we think of strangers. Overall, robberies in Oakland were down substantially over the past year — by almost a third. That’s after they peaked at 4,838 in 2013, or more than 13 a day.

That year also registered as the city’s worst for the crime since at least 1969.  Cops, criminologists and community leaders disagree about what is driving the ups and downs in the city’s crime rates.

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