In recent years, a greater percentage of robberies in Oakland have involved guns. The percentages:

  • 2013: 55 percent

  • 2012: 52 percent

  • 2011: 47 percent

  • 2010: 43 percent

    Robberies were up last year in the Bay Area's three biggest cities, but Oakland's 29 percent increase was by far the steepest. Below are the robbery tallies the three cities submitted to the FBI for inclusion in the FBI's annual crime report.

  • San Francisco (2011): 3,088

  • San Francisco (2012): 3,484

  • San Jose (2011): 1,101

  • San Jose (2012): 1,208

  • Oakland (2011): 3,365

  • Oakland (2012): 4,338

    While robberies in Oakland have increased since the city laid off 80 police officers in 2010, for part of the 1990s robberies fell as police staffing also declined.

  • 2012: 4,338 robberies, 642 police*

  • 2011: 3,365 robberies, 656 police

  • 2010: 2,917 robberies, 780 police

  • 2009: 2,898 robberies, 830 police

  • 2008: 3,323 robberies, 736 police

  • 2007: 3,470 robberies, 699 police

  • 2006: 3,534 robberies, 683 police

  • 2005: 2,672 robberies, 704 police


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  • 2004: 2,190 robberies, 756 police

  • 2003: 2,474 robberies, 775 police

  • 2002: 2,452 robberies, 732 police

  • 2001: 2,125 robberies, 743 police

  • 2000: 1,929 robberies, 675 police

  • 1999: 2,190 robberies, 746 police

  • 1998: 2,651 robberies, 654 police

  • 1997: 3,482 robberies, 621 police

  • 1996: 3,622 robberies, 610 police

  • 1995: N/A**, 669 police

  • 1994: 3,877 robberies, 669 police

  • 1993: 4,559 robberies, 701 police

  • 1992: 4,610 robberies, 705 police

  • 1991: 3,933 robberies, 695 police

  • 1990: 3,230 robberies, 652 police

    Sources: FBI, Oakland Police Department, San Jose Police Department, San Francisco Police Department

    * Police staffing is as of January for 2000-12 and as of July for 1990-99.

    ** The FBI does not have Oakland robbery figures for 1995.