Violent Crime Falls Statewide, But Not In Oakland, San Jose
A new FBI report says violent crime in California was down last year. But not all Bay Area cities shared in the good news.
While violent crime dropped about 5.5 percent statewide, two Bay Area cities -- Oakland and San Jose -- saw a significant increase.
In Oakland, there were 104 homicides in 2011 -- ten more than the year before.
UC Berkeley crime expert and law professor Franklin Zimring says that doesn’t come close to Oakland’s recent high of 149 killings in 2006.
"Its still an awfully high homicide rate," he says. "It’s an indication both of social disorganization and it’s the kind of thing that makes citizens legitimately worried."
San Jose's homicides nearly doubled, from 20 to 39.
"The good news is. however, with practically a million people in San Jose, that’s an extremely low homicide rate for a big city," said Zimring.