Urban Strategies Council has produced quarterly reports on homicides in Oakland throughout 2006. Through the cooperation of the Oakland Police Department Homicide Section, we have obtained detailed information on the homicides occurring during 2006. From these data we have created this report on the characteristics of the 148 homicides that occurred in Oakland from January 1 through December 31, 2006. This report presents annual data from 2006 and shows how characteristics of homicides in Oakland changed from 2005 to 2006 and how 2006 homicides compare with the five -- year averages from 2001-2005.
This report summarizes available information such as victim and/or suspect demographic characteristics, locations and times of the incidents. Comparing 2006 data to a five-year average of homicides helps to provide a context for understanding whether there are emerging patterns that differ substantially from the patterns in prior years.