27
May
09

We Are Only The ATM

While reading the Tribune this morning, I noticed a feature about how homicides impact everyone in Oakland.  Even if we don’t live in neighborhoods with any murders, we are supposedly living with extra stress nearby.

If you are cowering in the Oakland Hills, then it’s most likely related to home burglaries or robberies.  One Rockridge resident declared that we’re known as the local ATMs!

ATM Machine

Though our area primarily experiences thefts of all stripes and colors, that’s not completely connected to living in Oakland.  Take a look at any place with a little wealth or high property values, and you will see the ATM phenomenon play out.

In fact, our perpetrators don’t consistently come from Oakland; they venture from Contra Costa and other places too.  We often are targeted right alongside the Berkeley Hills and Lamorinda.

Here’s another data point to refute local crime fears.  Whenever we post crime statistics at Today in Montclair, the traffic to our site noticeably drops off.  We don’t know why you aren’t interested in stats, and whether it’s due to boredom, disgust or the desire to otherwise disengage from reality.

However, you perk up when new and more creative crimes appear.  Let’s hear about the guys casing open-houses and stealing staged furniture, the solicitors who come back later for electronics gear, or even those restaurant robbers hitting on patrons.  Now that’s the juicy stuff we like!

Seriously, we can be careful and vigilant but I don’t really buy the living-in-fear hypothesis.  When the four cops were killed, I admit to short-lived fear about my route to the airport.  I don’t believe Montclarions usually feel like they exist around a war zone and exhibit undue stress.  What do you think?

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1 Response to “We Are Only The ATM”


  1. May 28, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    I am not a true “Montclarion,” sorry, just down the hill but still in the “acceptable” range of above 580….We really do have two Oaklands. We are by and large in the area hit by waves of property crimes, a low priority for police no matter how you slice it so you better be on good terms with your neighbors. I do not have kids but do have the luxury and enjoyment of being able to coach high school kids from east and west Oakland. Occupying the City’s youth, and it doesn’t always take money, would seem to be the best bet for crime prevention. You can’t be running down the field and breaking into houses at the same time….I think too often as Oaklanders we are stuck in our small little worlds, both good and bad parts of town.


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