Confirmed: Oakland Has More Robberies Than Any Other American City
According to a new report, the nation's most exciting city scored another no. 1 title this week (although much less exciting) as being the robbery capital of America.
CBS reported the FBI statistics, which show robberies in Oakland increased 29 percent last year, compared to 10 percent in San Jose and 13 percent in San Francisco.
The Oakland Tribune reportedly analyzed the FBI's stats and learned that in 2012, there were 12 robberies a day in Oakland. That's about one robbery for every 91 residents.
The newspaper reported that during the first half of 2012, Oakland's robbery rate was 36 percent higher than the second-ranked city, Cleveland. In the Bay Area, Oakland's robbery rate was nearly double that of Richmond, which has its own fair share of crime problems.
No wonder residents -- and journalists -- have been hiring their own private security guards. In the last year, reporters and photojournalists have been repeatedly robbed and some beaten while on the job. Now, many of those television crews are refusing to do the good ol' fashioned man-on-the-street interviews.
Meanwhile, residents in the Adam's Point neighborhood are reportedly taking matters into their own hands and walking the streets in groups, hoping to deter crime.
The report, which will be released sometime today, was prepared by a team of law enforcement consultants, including ex L.A. Police Chief Bill Bratton. By the way, the cash-strapped city shelled out $250,000 to confirm that robbers are running rampant in Oakland.
Hold on to your purses.