OPD NEWS: June 2, 2021
Armed Carjackings Increase 115% in Oakland
The Oakland Police Department has seen carjackings more than double this year. As of Sunday, there were 200 carjackings in Oakland, compared to only 93 at the same time last year. Add to that, more than a half dozen carjacking robberies throughout Oakland since Monday.
Many of these incidents appear to be crimes of opportunity, where the stolen vehicles are used in other criminal acts like residential robberies and theft of personal belongings. Often, multiple suspects are involved in committing these crimes.
In some cases, victims have reported that they are sitting in their vehicles when they are confronted by armed individuals. In the past, there have been reported cases of individuals approaching victims in their vehicles at stoplights or stop signs. The individuals have broken the victim’s window and tried to take their property (purses, laptops, and cellphones sitting on the seats).
There are also reports of individuals intentionally crashing their vehicles into a victim’s vehicle. When the victim attempts to exchange information, the suspects steal their vehicle.
The investigations are ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Robbery Unit at (510) 238-3326.
Reduce Your Risk:
• Park in well-lit and well-traveled areas.
• Have your keys accessible before going to your car.
• When approaching or leaving your vehicle, be aware of your surroundings.
• When in your vehicle keep doors locked and windows closed.
• Park as close to your destination as possible.
• Never leave your car unoccupied with the motor running.
Additional Safety Tips:
• If you’re involved in a vehicle accident, pull into a well-lit area like a gas station or a business if possible.
• Do not get out of the vehicle if you do not feel safe.
• Call 911
#OPDCARES initiative is about working together as a community to help stop the tragic loss of life and reduce the level of violence in our city. Collectively, we want to ensure Oaklanders and our visitors are safe in our community.