Will a Teen Curfew in Oakland Help Reduce Crime?

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Goodnight Oakland ...
When all else fails -- and it certainly has in Oakland -- lock up your kids.

Since shrinking police presence isn't doing anything to help crime in Oakland, the city is now considering a more reactionary approach: a teen curfew.

As CBS News notes, Oakland's Public Safety Committee tonight will consider a new proposal to make it illegal for kids to roam the streets during certain hours of the day. Those hours include 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on school days and from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. every day of the week.

It might not be popular among kids, but it's necessary, according to Oakland City Councilman Noel Gallo who proposed the new bedtime. In the last year, 11 kids have been killed due to gun violence and more than 600 armed robbery cases this year involved juveniles as suspects, CBS reports.

Gallo explained his logic to reporters:

"We have parents in this city who are not doing their jobs," he told CBS.

"They're not going to solve their Chemistry exam by being out at midnight and hanging out on Fruitvale trying to look for someone to violate.

Now for the burning question: Who the hell is going to enforce this teen curfew?

As pretty much everyone already knows, Oakland has been grappling with a nonstop shortage of cops, so much so that (the wealthier) neighbors and businesses have had no choice but to pool money to hire their own private security. Even reporters out on the job have secured their own armed guards to keep them safe after terrorizing working journalists became rampant in the city. Meanwhile, residents over in the Adams Point neighborhood have taken matters into their own hands, opting to patrol the streets themselves in hopes of deterring crime.

The city's lack of police presence became even more telling after the city was crowned the nation's armed robbery capital earlier this year. We also learned that Oakland last year assigned only one part-time investigator last year to solve more than 10,000 burglaries.

So sure, a teen curfew sounds nice (esecially for sleep-deprived parents), but as any responsible mom or dad can tell you, a strict bedtime only works as long as there's someone around to enforce it.




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Gregor94
Gregor94

The curfew is a step in the right direction, but not nearly enough.  Oakland not only needs stop and frisk, but more.  Every ex-felon and parole, should have to wear some identifying marker when on the streets/driving and be subject to weapon searches at any time.  Downtown Oakland and the surrounding area is probably the most dangerous place in our Country.  Oakland is the closest thing to hell on earth, I've ever seen.  I did a job yesterday (1 block from Grand Av.) and escaped without harm.  Never again, this area has been red-lined for me, forever. 

Ed NB
Ed NB

Yes, These kids should be home doing homework and studying. They don't look at the big pic nowadays....I tell my nephews who want to hang outside... forget the Drug dealer who just looks like they have money.... Be a "Nerd" like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg Thats where the $$$ is at!

Dee Dee Russell
Dee Dee Russell

Yes of course. If parents cannot wrangle their kids the gov't has to.

Alessandra Nicholson
Alessandra Nicholson

Might help keep kids safe. As long as we are only talking about calling parents or taking the kids home. No punishment they certainly don't need to be criminalize for being outside. We have curfew for minors where I'm from in a small town in illinois. It helped with truancy for sure.

Marine Macerot
Marine Macerot

no .but better schools will for sure reduce crime.and more familly crisis center for afordable familly terapie that will help.

wecandothis
wecandothis

If it save lives.   A city curfew can be a great scapegoat  for parents that want their children to stay home and out of trouble but feel powerless.

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