Crime in Oakland, California

Oakland's crime rate

There were 33,388 crimes reported in Oakland, California in 2019, the most recent year crime data is available. Adjusted for population, the city’s annual crime rate is 7,692 incidents for every 100,000 people.

How does Oakland compare?

Oakland has one of the highest overall crime rates of any U.S. city. For comparison, the national total crime rate is 2,489 incidents for every 100,000 people.

Oakland's overall crime rate is 177% higher than the overall crime rate in California. Statewide, there were 1,095,445 crimes reported in 2019, or 2,772 for every 100,000 people.

What types of crimes are being committed?

The FBI's crime rate includes seven crime categories: three property crimes -- larceny, burglary, and motor vehicle theft, and four violent crimes -- aggravated assault, robbery, rape, and murder.

Property crime

The vast majority of crimes in America are property crimes, accounting for 85% of total crimes in 2019. In Oakland, however, property crimes account for only about 83% of all offenses.

Despite accounting for a smaller than average share of total offenses, property crime is much more prevalent in Oakland than it is nationwide. There were 27,868 property crimes in Oakland in 2019, or 6,421 for every 100,000 residents. Meanwhile, the national property crime rate is 2,110 incidents per 100,000 people.

Larceny

Larceny is by far the most common type of property crime in the U.S. It is also the most commonly committed type of property crime in Oakland. There were 20,228 larcenies reported in Oakland in 2019, or 4,660 for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, the larceny rate is 1,550 per 100,000.

Burglary

There were 2,599 break-ins reported in Oakland in 2019, or 599 for every 100,000 residents. For reference, there were 341 reported burglaries for every 100,000 people nationwide in 2019.

Motor Vehicle Theft

Across the United States, the annual motor vehicle theft rate is 220 for every 100,000 people. In Oakland, meanwhile, there were 5,041 motor vehicle thefts in 2019, or 1,161 for every 100,000 people.

Violent crime

Violent crime accounts for a relatively small share of crimes nationwide. These offenses, which are generally more egregious than property crimes, account for about 15% of the nearly 8.2 million offenses reported across the U.S. in 2019. In Oakland, however, violent offenses account for a larger 17% share of all reported crime.

At 1,272 incidents for every 100,000 people, the violent crime rate in Oakland is well above the national violent crime rate of 379 offenses per 100,000 people. Law enforcement in Oakland reported a total of 5,520 violent crimes in 2019.

Aggravated Assault

Aggravated assault is by far the most common type of violent crime reported in the U.S. In Oakland, however, robbery is the most commonly reported type of violent crime. There were 2,211 aggravated assaults reported in Oakland in 2019, or 509 for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, the rate is far lower, standing at 250 aggravated assaults per 100,000 people.

Robbery

Robbery is the second most common type of violent crime in America. There were 2,859 robberies reported in Oakland in 2019, a rate of 659 robberies for every 100,000 residents. For comparison, the national robbery rate was 82 per 100,000 in 2019.

Rape

There were 372 rapes reported in Oakland in 2019, or 86 for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, there were 139,815 rapes in 2019, a rate of 43 per 100,000 people.

Murder

There were 78 homicides committed in the city in 2019. Adjusted for population, the murder rate in Oakland is 18.0 murders for every 100,000 people, more than triple the national murder rate of 5 per 100,000 people.

Oakland compared to other cities in California

Oakland has the third highest crime rate of all comparable cities in California. To be considered comparable, a city must have a complete 2019 FBI crime report and population of 5,000 or more.

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