2023 Homicide Count for Oakland
New year, new start.
25 Homicide so far as of late-March.
We’re off to a bad start.
2022 Total Homicides in Oakland Final Count
119 murders in Oakland for the year 2022.
The chart below shows the homicide rate month by month compared to last year.
It’s not the cops you have to watch out for; it’s your neighbor’s kids. Be safe out there.
Watch these to understand Oakland “culture”
Go Dumb USA Sideshows.
E.14 (aka East 14th aka International Blvd)
Licks Lick is slang for robbery.
Compared Month by Month Last 4 Years
Here we compare the last four years side by side with the differences, positive and negative. 2023 is still in progress, so bookmark and check back often.
- January: 8 -1
- February: 10 +1
- March: 7 -3
Total: 25 -3
- Jan: 9 -4
- Feb: 9 +1
- Mar: 10 0
- Apr: 9 -3
- May: 10 -2
- Jun: 8 -1
- Jul: 12 +3
- Aug: 15 +3
- Sep: 12 -5
- Oct: 10 -2
- Nov: 7 -5
- Dec: 8 +2
Total: 119 -13
- Jan: 13 +12
- Feb: 8 +4
- Mar: 10 +4
- Apr: 12 +6
- May: 12 +5
- Jun: 9 -1
- Jul: 9 +1
- Aug: 12 -3
- Sep: 17 +4
- Oct: 12 +1
- Nov: 12 +1
- Dec: 6 +1
Total: 132 +35
- Jan: 1 -8
- Feb: 4 -1
- Mar: 6 0
- Apr: 6 0
- May: 7 0
- Jun: 10 +5
- Jul: 8 +1
- Aug: 15 +12
- Sep: 13 +4
- Oct: 11 +6
- Nov: 11 +8
- Dec: 5 -4
Total: 97 +23
Historical Oakland Crime Rate by Year
The following line graph shows the actual death toll rate by year from 2005 to the present. As you can see, it has been a wild ride of ups and downs for the city of Oakland, CA, and we’re currently on the rise again.
Rate by Year and Month Compared with Averages
If you’ve ever wanted to know the average homicide rate by year and month, we made a chart for you. It turns out the most deadly month of the year on average for Oakland is September.
Oakland should be giving the police EXTRA funding at this rate.
Listen to the local residents of Oakland.
These public figures screaming to take away our police live in upscale gated and walled neighborhoods all the way across the nation, and they hire armed private security with your tax dollars. If they deserve police, so do we. They want our neighborhoods to be chaos, lawless, and lack police and protection. Do not fall for it. They would never live here.
Before they made things worse for our community, yes, homicides did go down for a few years. Mayor Libby Schaaf wants to take credit for this as if she reduced crime, but in reality, she just priced the criminals out of Oakland with huge rent increases. It is not as surprising when you take in factors of the “New Oakland,” such as rent being too high for criminals and people being pushed out of Oakland to further away from cities like Tracy and Stockton. The fact that the murderers have already killed large numbers of each other off makes it understandable that we had a slight decrease in homicides for a few years as Oakland became unaffordable.
Oakland Homicide Rate History
Here are the yearly homicide statistics from 1992 until the present.
These statistics are obtained from a few sources. Both the FBI Crime statistics and the Oakland Police Department.
Crime Statistics Maps
With a few of these maps, you can set up Crime Alerts. So far, it seems like the first one, Spot Crime is the best at alerts, followed by Crime Reports. You have to sign up for a free account, but it’s easy. Check if someone has been arrested here.
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The homicide statistics in Oakland are currently at such a high level even when the crime decreases, it’s well above the national average as far as homicides and crime statistics. The city attributes most of the violent crimes to gang-related activity. The gang violence is surely adding to the cities record numbers, and the police task force has been cracking down on gang violence lately.
They Say Murders Are Declining
However, I have noticed a few bad trends because I pay close attention to the topic. Many people are still being shot, and luckily they are just not being killed. The Oakland murder rates have been so high because of gang wars in Oakland and turf battles, but many of those people are already dead and in jail, so the overall death toll is dropping.
But what about these other shootings? It turns out many innocents are being shot in the legs and arms purposely during recent robberies. So the street criminals that are out robbing people are also shooting them in a manner that will not kill them. And some of these are victims that have already surrendered their possessions and phones.
Random Oakland Shootings
1 Robbed, shot and killed while hiking in Oakland Hills Park [link]
2 Shot for no reason in leg [link]
2 innocents 1 robbery and one no reason [link]
1 shot downtown for no reason. [link]
1 shot in back while fleeing possible robbery [link]
1 robbed then shot in back of head [link]
1 64 year old man shot in shoulder after robbery [link]
1 shot during robbery while fleeing [link]
1 shot while resisting robbery [link]
2 shot in separate robberies [link]
1 shot in leg while resisting robbery [link]
1 shot in hand while resisting robbery [link]
1 recent home invasion robbery no shooting [link]
1 shot in head during robbery [link]
So as you see, there is a very dangerous, deadly trend on the rise in Oakland. I have only listed a few of the shootings that did not amount to deaths, but there are a lot more. Most alarming is the trend of shooting robbery victims for no reason. The “war on gentrification” has gotten dangerous.
While gang shootings, murders, and neighborhood violence are dropping, carjackings, residential robberies such as burglary, and home invasions are on the rise. So basically, while the people in the streets have killed off most of the targets and murders rates are indeed dropping, crime on newcomers moving to Oakland is still on the rise so be careful.
It turns out Oakland made the robbery capitol of America yet again in 2013. Surprised? Not at all. Murders are going down, and transplants are being robbed.
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Popped in Oakland: The Follow Up
This documentary about shootings in Oakland takes you down the rabbit hole into deep East Oakland.
In response to a few comments saying we don’t need a youth curfew and that it won’t help with the problem. It would help greatly.
What kid under 18 should be out past 10 pm on any night? Most of the killings and robberies are from people under 18.
With a curfew in place, police would pull these kids over and find guns and solve murders.
Some say we just need after-school programs? How would that benefit 11 pm on a Saturday?
Or more jobs? Easy to say, but where do jobs come from? Thin air?
Why would any smart company move into Oakland? So that their employees can get robbed walking from the office to BART?
And if another company did move in offering 10,000 positions, how many of those would be fillable by some 17-year-old killer with no skill set?
Oh, so now you say we need more schools? More schools won’t make someone learn. It won’t stop them from doing what they are doing. Anyone who wants to learn can and will.
I work in the IT field and did not go to “school” for it. I learned on my own on the internet.
I too am from the Oakland Unified School District and dealt with over crowded classrooms.
Parents are the issue, and morals are the issue; the lack of police to stop these people without parents or morals is the issue.
So you can pretend poor Oakland and its lack of schools and jobs, but the real issue is a bunch of residents of Oakland at this time period don’t value human life, couldn’t work a job if they even wanted one, and wouldn’t attend after-school programs if they were available.
I love my city, born and raised here and seen it through many tough times. This is not about negativity. My entire site is promoting Oakland. Take a look around.
Be proud of your city and neighbors. Don’t be part of the problem.
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Melissa M says
Thank you for the video, I’m from the Bay Area, currently living in New York, working on my masters in clinical social work. I was inspired by the video shown above, and I will be referencing it in a paper I’m writing on violence and crime. I think it’s great to get the word out, especially to these young people. The video was sad, and honest. Your message should be heard everywhere.
Desirae Velasquez says
There is no justice regardless if the police take the crime to do there job, my brother was murdered in cold blood, the police had everything they needed to put this man behind bars for life but instead they gave him as much time that you get when you have dog fights. It’s sad that we the people of Oakland, California cant even look up to the judicial system for justice. It’s just sad and yet they have let the people down. That makes you wonder why let the police handle it? Are they going to really do what they’re getting paid to do? Is there really such thing as justice or peace?
Twice now I’ve had serious problems with the OPD doing absolutely NOTHING. One time being mugged in my driveway with two guns at me while stealing me vehicle, second, I caught the neighbor slashing my tires on video and the neglect to do anything at all. I have lost all respect for Oakland Police and serving justice in any frame of time.
Arm yourself sir!
So far, this years rate isn’t too bad. Especially when I read about 6 killings and 16 wounded in shootings just over the weekend in Chicago, albeit much bigger, but still way worse than we’re seeing. Hopefully it doesn’t spread west.
It’s a terrible shame that all those murders have been taking place after all those years. I hate it!
The homicide on BART is not counted in Oakland crime stats.
Except He got on at MacArthur, killed a guy and got off at West Oakland.
I know you want to say it is another jurisdiction but this all went down in Oakland.
Steve B. says
This video was shocking, yet refreshing because it wasn’t just a bunch of so called crime experts discussing the plight of urban America. Having he people who are directly affected by the violence of our streets discuss their lives made it so riveting. I believe the aspiring musician with the Cincinnati cap was telling it for real when he said you have to be a genius to get out of the streets using the Chinese analogy.
This has been my city for two decades and part of a third. As a school teacher in the OUSD, I have attended more than a few memorials and funerals for students, parents, grandparent and co-workers that have been victims of street violence. I work here, play here and live here. And I think everyone in the room knows that if the victims of the three thousand homicides since 1990 were mainly white folks, something would of been done by now.
What will it take for the people who have the power to get the guns off the street to move forward. Simply hiring more cops will not solve the problem. Jobs, affordable housing, and increased educational opportunities are issues that should be addressed as opportunities to make our streets
safer. If you have a higher chance to getting shot on the streets of East and West Oakland than in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, you know we have an national emergency on our hands.
It’s just so misguided that we’re trying to act like it’s all the kids faults and punishing them for being kids? It’s just sad. Kids go out at night and yeah sometimes do stupid stuff, that’s the way its always been and will be forever. This will just create more criminals because people will be getting arrested for more and more ridiculous stuff, plus it would spur a justified anger at the system that some would take too far. And yes sometimes people make mistakes and get hurt but those should be treated as mistakes, learning opportunities, teaching moments where one can be taught valuable life lessons without judging them for choices all humans should be allowed to make, don’t tell the addict to stop using but teach them how to organize their life and prioritize their life over whatever substance they use. People should have the right to put whatever they want in their bodies and do anything they want as long as they don’t hurt others. We live in a puritanical society where we meddle in everyone’s private life. If someone wants to screw up their life no law is going to stop them, let them do what they do and offer help to those in need. More people will go to jail and those people, at least a fair percentage of them will just think, “If I’m being called a monster and no one wants to hear me out why shouldn’t I be a monster?”, all increased incarceration does is puts people in an environment where they feel like their life is over and the only way to get anything is to take it. It saddens me that we as a society have failed so grievously that so many feel like they have to resort to crime in order to live, or that the only justice is dealt when you take it in your own hands because of the largely dirty and incompetent police force. No one just wakes up in the morning and just decides “f_ck it Imma be a monster”, unless someone is totally insane but that’s pretty uncommon and we will always have to deal with the crazies. We should concentrate on helping people find things that motivate them, no one wants to go on a murder spree when they have something to look forward to, most criminals do what they do because they don’t have a passion or purpose in life or they feel like there is nothing for them besides crime. Most “criminals” wish that they could go to college and get a degree, or find a good career and end up with a nice house, a two car garage and a wife and just live a quiet life doing what they are passionate about whatever that may be. People who commit crimes are just that, people, yes they may have made some mistakes that had intended or unintended consequences but given the choice between a nice quiet life with a steady income and the unpredictable, volatile, soul draining life of a career criminal 99% of people would probably choose a quiet life where you don’t have to be constantly watching your back, paranoid that something’s gonna happen. Almost no one hurts another person without feeling a little hurt themselves, usually the only reason they do the things they do is because they hurt on the inside and they feel like bringing it out into the world will somehow make them feel better and stronger, which it may do in the moment, just a little, but at the same time all it really does is create more problems,for both victim and perpetrator, they feel like in order to beat the monster they must become one themselves We should focus on rehabilitation and helping people instead of becoming the monster we so hate. Remember that story we all heard as kids with the lion with the thorn in its paw, I feel like that tale has more truth to it than we know. I speak as someone who has made my fair share of mistakes and learned the hard way from them. I have been hurt and have hurt others, I think largely because of that pain inside. Greed and conquest are hollow they make you feel good in the moment because you feel in control but soon you realize that all of that only makes the hole in your heart bigger because that stuff never leads to any lasting happiness, it makes you feel more hollow and hurt inside because you have to take things instead of earning them or having them given freely, it slowly drains your confidence in your ability to be the person you want to be and makes you feel worthless, so you keep feeding the void until it consumes you. Violence begets violence and hate begets hate, but love begets love.
Macc P says
Rock in Paradise Whip and Monk! We will miss you but WE WILL C Y’all when we get There. Nothing left to stress over my Brothers….We’ll keep holding it down in y’all Name for the Cause, Bloods. God bless the Town. One Peace One Love One FAM One Blood & One King – Gz’Us the Christ. Stay safe everybody!! O:-)
Macc P says
So far the Power of Jesus Christ & followers of God have played a HUGE ROLL in the homicide rate dropping the past few years. LETS KEEP IT GOING OAKLAND! KEEP attending to the Lord’s Will and scream it Loud – I’m a Ningel and I’m Proud!!! laellahaelallah
Next is helping to get these streets more SOBER for the kids.
marin native says
Rip to those love ones lost. Y’all should move to Marin this stuff does not happen here.
East Oakland Is a rough city to live in period… I was raised there – Endless Shootouts, robberies, gang fights, murder for drugs and people killing each other over drug turf, car jackings, drive bys, hoes being stuffed in a trunk of a car, cops killing people, bank robberies, never ending high speed police chases, bars being robbed and patrons beaten for their wallet, shootouts in highland hospital parking lot, people thrown off a two story building and how many times have we heard of children being killed by a stray bullet, mail man robbed, people robbed for food stamps, drug stores robbed for their drugs, hit and runs, burrito trucks robbed for cash, home invasions, dead bodies found in cars/streets, homeless people pissing/crapping everywhere, this is everyday life in The Town. I could go on and on.. Better yet just ask anyone that was raised in Oakland!
R.I.P to so many, from the hundreds back down to da west, 8300blk4life…….smileyface4life…..
When families accept the money and gifts from the men of Oakland who do not have jobs, where do they think that money comes from?
When 13, 14, and 15 year old girls have babies, how do they have the skills to properly guide a baby through school they, themselves have not completed? How do they guide the morality of a child when they have had little to no guidance?
I teach in Oakland and I see the devastation that “fast money” and gifts plays in families who accept the gifts then watch as their boyfriends, sons and grandsons go to prison. I also see the effect from my own home after the crimes have been committed and people are left in fear as the criminal has the address, id and knowledge of the homes and people they have robbed.
I work 10 – 12 hours per day staying after school to teach the math, science, English, grammar, spelling, geography, history and writing that has not been learned. I give this freely and it is not the students who are poor, whose parent does not work that shows up for help. It is the child of the parent who works two jobs that shows up.
I hold parent – teacher conferences anywhere the parent will meet me – on any day of the week. I often hold them at church. I have had many parents drive away as I come up to the car to try to talk about their sons and daughters. In every one of these cases at least one girl in the family is a teen mom and at least one boy in the family is in prison for drugs, gangs or robbery with a weapon.
Please don’t tell me these children do not have an opportunity for an education. I am at school with doors open 10 hours a day and tutor students from kindergarten through as old as they are when they come for help – some middle school, some even high school. You can’t get a job if you are not educated. You can’t be educated if you don’t show up every single day and work hard, pay attention and do the work every single day. No birthdays off, no – auntie is coming to town days off and no our family is having a party days off. Every day, show up, work hard, no excuses.
Crank slamming smoking back stabbing leader of 105th set up artist Joe DAN and all the other scum in THAT building. Mr MURDER for hire. R.I.P VINCENT AMMUNITY TO PROSECUTION DAN BECAUSE YOUR SNITCHING ON THE GUYS WHO YOU HIRED TO PULL THE TRIGGER. KARMA WILL GET YOU. I WOULD BUT MY SUCCESS IS BETTER REVENGE THAN SITTING IN PRISON FOR STOOPING TO YOUR LEVEL.
Desirae Velasquez baby sister of Jacob Velasquez murdered March 5th, 14 says
What ever happened to Peace an trust.
Our mom now only has one son now.
We no longer have our center piece to our heart.
My big brother an big sister no longer have a baby brother to call on.
Two of us no longer have a big brother to call on.
She no longer has a uncle to call on.
He no longer has a uncle to look up to.
An he will never have a Junior to call his own.
Love you Jacob always an forever.
I’m from Oakland living in northern Colorado and the perception of Oakland here is so negative and not just because of the Raiders, but they have a sense that the town is a barbaric place where there is nothing but zoo animals running around all wild…. They are truly shocked at how articulate and smart I am coming from there, I have to argue with people in support of my wonderful city all the time… What we are doing there is getting around the world and we need to change our behavior to show how strong and smart the the people of the city of Oakland.
ROCK IN PEACE INTERNATIONAL WHIP.
ROCK IN PEACE K.o.
Cuzzo MOBB deep east Oakland real niccaZ!
Real niccaz? What is that.
My Grandpa and my Father died, one 33, other younger than in his twenties. They died in the streets, both from gunshot wounds different years, different crimes. But they died the same way, lost blood from left leg artery. Not including other family I lost to guns. It is what it is and whats it’s gotta be. STILL LOVE MY CITY REGARDLESS THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE IT.
R.I.P Vell says
People need jobs so they can stress less and support their families. When you don’t have a roof or food to eat, you do dumb and hateful things.
Mikey Mack says
You think a curfew is going to keep a 15-17 year old killer inside? I don’t think so. By age 12 these children have already mastered the art of eluding the police. I know for a fact that it would cause trouble for teen parents working late to provide for their families or children. I know it would give the police a reason to stop everyone that “fits the description”. What we need is gun control, not the type that makes things harder on registered owners or make it harder to obtain a legal weapon. Truth be told this crime in Oakland isn’t being committed with legally owned weapons. There’s mass killings going on daily in inner city areas, it’s not headlined because it isn’t a school or an airport. Is the true problem the age? Or how easy it is to access guns and how quickly they get released after being caught with them?
Daniel Shelkofsky says
As a west Oakland resident, the systemic nature of the problem is painfully clear. Poverty, lack of jobs and educational incentive, and a violence-obsessed media culture is what keeps the block so damn hot all the time. Crooked police don't help.
Ti'Isha Edwards says
A lot. I have been an Oakland resident since 1973 and we had a curfew given by my mother. Be home before the street lights come on. I was not allowed to hang out after dark.
When it comes to children. They need a curfew to learn how to govern themselves when they become adults.
Erin Leigh Oliver says
Haven't you realized Poverty = Crime. What is a curfew going to do? Maybe if it didn't take 45 minutes for someone to show up to a 911 call or maybe if the city didn't spend over 5 million dollars shooting tear gas at peaceful protestors they could have been helping people.
People will do what they have to put food in their mouth, a roof over their head, and the lights on. When you guys get that and stop BS'ing about a curfew instead of the REAL issues then stop fronting.
POVERTY = CRIME ONLY because that is what people want for themselves. There are MANY other ways to put food in their mouth, a roof over their head, and keep the lights on. Ways that do not require selling drugs, stabbing, shooting, or robbing another human being who works day by day to get what they need for their family. I come from Oakland, born and raised. I didn’t grow up wearing the brand new Jordan’s or wearing name brand clothes, but I chose something different for my self. I joined the military and now I am working on getting my bachelors degree. I refused to allow others to put a label on me simply because I come from Oakland. So this is what I am saying; EACH individual has the opportunity, the chance to make a decision, to make a choice. I was given the same tools, the same education that our youth receives in our community now and days. So there should be no one else to blame but ourselves. Instead of pointing fingers or trying to find someone to put the blame on, how about we educate ourselves and become someone who can make a change in our community. This was my choice, my decision, I am not saying that this will work for everyone. I am simply using this as an example. I am proud to say that I am from Oakland, and I will come back to my community as a nurse, and a veteran who served her country.
Maria, could it possibly be the culture? Culture dictates actions.
I admire you. I too, was born in Oakland. The Marine Corps was my way out, and I chose Washington state to raise my kids. I love my home town, but culture changed from the ’50’s onward. Oakland keeps digging deeper holes. It won’t change until the community changes the entire culture.
Jessica Eiko Hollie says
Way to fear mongering. We don't need a youth curfew, we need schools to stay open and permenant jobs. That will decrease crime. Howard Jordan and Jean Quan haven't done anything with the 100 block plan, including informing people of where this supposed 100 blocks is. Larry Reid has been "tough on crime" since the stone ages when he was voted in, but his district continues to be one of the most crime ridden areas. More police does not mean less crime. We are not all criminals.
For real tho, most people resort to crime because the options are so bad. A lot of the time its either that or get shipped overseas to be used in some neo-colonial war or work a minimum wage job that doesn’t pay a living wage. Also education here isn’t the greatest, once you get labeled once as a “slow” or “bad” kid you’re pretty much trapped in that box.
I am a teacher. I have taught in schools in Oakland. I worked about 10 – 12 hours per day so I could stay and help “slow” kids. The “bad” kids steal so much learning time in class that the kids who could be doing more come in during recess to work so they can learn.
Students who disrupted others almost never came in for help. I had pencils, notebooks, and just about every thing they would need to learn. What I saw is that they would have $70 Halloween costumes and iPhone 4s, 5s and 6s but would not have a backpack or a pencil.
At some point – in fourth or fifth grade students must be held accountable for their theft of other students’ time and materials.
My daughter’s god-parents were nearly paralyzed by four pre-teens and teens who beat them to a pulp when they were walking home from a restaurant at 6:30 pm. They were driving a stolen vehicle, all were age 15 or younger.
There is NO EXCUSE for beating the elderly.
Dat OneBrawd says
R.I.P to the people lost.
Women, children, men and there families….
We need to come together and spread love.
Not ignorance and hate.
LET THERE BE LOVE!!!
Gene Mission says
TOWN BIZZZZNESS MAN ALL DAY.