Berkeleyside is currently planning new coverage which we hope will deliver the most useful, and best presented Berkeley crime data around. While we are working on that, we have asked the Berkeley Police Department to share weekly summary reports with us of crime around the city.

Due to the fact this is a manually compiled list, and not all information can be collated or is available, please note this is not a comprehensive report — rather a sampling of some of the key crimes this week. (The BPD averages 375 calls for police services every day.)

This Police Blotter relates to the five days beginning June 13.

Robbery Via Knife – Telegraph and Ashby Avenue
On Monday, June 13, 2011, at about 5:10 p.m., a 13 year old Berkeley community member was walking home from school, eating a cookie in the area of Telegraph and Ashby Avenues. Two older male teen suspects approached him and asked him if he had any money. The teen said, “No” then one of the suspects pulled out a knife and pointed it at him. The 13 year old “got scared” and gave the suspects $8. The suspect walked away northbound on Telegraph Avenue. The teen walked home then told his mom who called BPD to document the crime. The young man was not physically injured.

Grand Theft From a Person – 1900 block of Woolsey Street
On Monday, June 13, 2011, at about 5:45 p.m., a  29 year old San Francisco woman was walking in the 1900 block of Woolsey Street talking on her cell phone. A male in his late 20s walked up to her and asked for the time. She lowered the iPhone with green case from her ear to check the time on it when suddenly the suspect grabbed the phone from her hand and dashed to a waiting green Chrysler van. The van fled south on Tremont Street and out of sight. BPD officers did area checks for the van but did not find it. The woman was not injured.

Car Stolen – 1100 block of EastShore
On Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at about 10:31 a.m., an employee of Golden Gate Fields called BPD to report that his car had been stolen. The 52 year old Berkeley man had parked his 1985 white Mercury Cougar with a brown hood in the 1100 block at about 9:00 p.m. the previous night and when he went to get in it, he discovered that it was gone. A BPD officer took his report, did an area check then entered the car into the Stolen Vehicle service (SVS) national computer database.

Car Stolen – 5th & Delaware Streets
On Tuesday, June 14, 2011 between 3:15 and 4:00 p.m., a Berkeley man’s car had been parked at 5th and Delaware Streets. When he returned to the car after an errand, he could not find it. He called BPD and reported his 1986 silver 2 door Toyota Corolla stolen. A BPD officer took his report, did an area check then entered the car into the Stolen Vehicle service (SVS) national computer database.

*Car Stolen – Suspect Arrested – 1300 block of Ada Street
On Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at approximately 2:00 a.m., Albany Police Department (APD) called a Berkeley man and asked him if he owned a 2000 silver Honda Civic and if he had given anyone permission to drive it. The man had parked it at about 5:30 pm. On Tuesday evening, June 14th, across from his home in the 1300 block of Ada Street. The car is registered to his wife. He checked outside and the car was missing. BPD supported the investigation and took the stolen vehicle report and drove the man to the 1400 block of Francis in the City of Albany where an APD officer had made a traffic stop of the Honda. The Berkeley man positively identified the car as his. The 24 year old woman driver was arrested by APD for possession of a stolen car. *This is a common scenario in which one agency will make an enforcement stop of a car and through investigation the officer(s) suspect it may be stolen and has yet to be reported.

Residential Burglary – 2300 block of Parker Street
On Wednesday, June 15, 2011 between 5:45 p.m. and 7:15 p.m., an unknown suspect or suspects burglarized a Berkeley man’s home. The man who lives in the 2300 block of Parker Street had left his home to “get a bite to eat with a friend.” When he returned, he discovered that his kitchen window was broken. He looked around the home and noted that  his Samsung cell phone and Sony Vaio laptop were missing from his desktop on the first floor and that the suspect(s) also went into his bedroom on the second floor and removed an Omega watch from his watch box and a bunch of coins from a dish.

“Hot Prowl” Residential Burglary/Attempted Assault with Deadly Weapon – a brick – 1700 block of Parker Street
On Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at approximately 3:52 a.m, a Berkeley man called 911 and reported that an unknown male suspect broke into his home by smashing the glass window portion of his front door with a brick. The resident confronted the suspect and the suspect threw the brick at him. The resident was able to move out of the way before it hit him. The suspect then stole two of his girlfriend’s purses that were on top of a table next to the front door, before fleeing on foot. Heard stated that the suspect fled on foot northbound towards Parker St. The purses contained miscellaneous credit cards and ID, cash, wallet, cell phone and other items and had a value over $900. Other BPD officers did extensive area checks but did not find the suspect. * A “Hot Prowl” burglary is a term used when community members are home when a suspect enters the home to steal property.

Tracey Taylor

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...

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  1. very valuable to have this listing berkeley police blotters are almost useless, and not timely at all..we have had a mad rash of burglaries on parker street..and it looks like they continue, keep your eyes open for older teen boys caseing the houses, especially on bicycles

  2. About a month ago there was a home invasion on our street – the door was kicked in and some portable items were taken.  There was some discussion on our neighborhood etree about it.  Later we learned a similar home invasion had taken place in a nearby area.  A week later we received the City of Berkeley police report for our district, but these crimes weren’t mentioned.  When I wrote to BPD about it, I was told they don’t publish information on crimes for which there isn’t a description of the perp(s).  It also has to be of interest to the community at large (not a domestic dispute, I guess).  Linda Maio, our council member, wasn’t even aware such crimes had taken place.  Pretty unnerving…

    So thanks for the new feature.

  3. yes!  The BPD list was very similar — same level of detail, but more importantly it was complete and published daily.  These other web sites are ‘digests’ and only contain a subset of the actual data, and you don’t know the who/why of the filter.

  4. Tracey, is this the blotter for your residential district only? Or all of Berkeley? Eg: Did you receive this from your district patrol officer?

  5. sadly, not really.. Crimemapping.com like BPD’s “community view” website only provides a filtered subset of the actual daily reports.  A lot of information is lost in translation as well.

  6. New feature sounds great, but BPD should be sharing the DAILY raw data with the public.  Understand the need to redact certain details, but I don’t like the pick-n-choose method of releasing data.

    BPD *used* to publish a daily list of reports — not all the *(calls*, but the ones that resulted in a report.  The list was not long, 20-30 per day.

    Anybody know why they quit publishing it?

  7. Tizzielish,

    Data shows Berkeley has the highest property crime rates consistently than any other CA city of the same size.

    Here is a list of burglaries from May occurring in the smallest beat in the city. There have been many more June burglaries ( not listed here). 

    The border shooting on 65th and a couple of other north Oakland shootings are under investigation to determine if they are connected to the 1500 Fairview St incident.
    While you live downtown making calls about  minor nuisance stuff, we are hoping that this summer will not erupt into the old pattern of summer hell in which we are counting gunshots as we dial the cops.

    Residential Burglaries in Beat 12 during May

    5/2/201128XX Grant Street
    5/3/201127XX California Street
    5/5/201117XX Stuart Street
    5/5/201117XX Stuart Street
    5/11/201116XX Derby Street
    5/12/201126XX Grant Street
    5/14/201129XX King Street
    5/20/201116XX Stuart Street
    5/23/201117XX Stuart Street

    5/31/201117XX Carleton Street

  8. Please, it is MUCH more informative to list cross streets, not just block numbers.  For example, most people, myself included, will have no idea whether 1900 woolsey is in elmwood or near ashby bart.

  9. I would also like to read info with more context. When I call to complain about a loud, live band after 10 p.m. on the patio outside my home, is that one of the 375 calls?

  10. I did not read the story accurately. I interpreted this story to mean that only crimes were the ones listed.  However, John, I point out that getting 375 calls daily for police services is unrelated to crime rate. My goodness, I call the police for cars parked in the motorcycle parking in front of my building and for noisy parties at the David Brower Center. I don’t call the emergency number, of course, but I bet my calls are counted in the ‘375 calls for police service’ data.

    I had imagined there was much more violent crime in Berkeley than this story represents, more home burglaries, more street assaults. This says more about me than about the community, of course.

    I thought, and I tend to still believe this, that there is more crime in Berkeley than is represented by this report.  I’m glad I’m wrong.

    I don’t think 375 calls daily for police services is high, not at all.

  11. @Berkeleyside, I’d be curious, for context, to learn if 375 calls/day is small/average/large for a town of our size and composition.  

  12. Thanks!  Nice to have some of the details of the crimes.  They help you see patterns in the long run.

  13. “please note this is not a comprehensive report — rather a sampling of some of the key crimes this week. (The BPD averages 375 calls for police services every day.)”

    You thought there was more than 375 calls a day?!

  14. Man found critically wounded in North Oakland backyard
    By Harry Harris
    Oakland Tribune
    Posted: 06/15/ 2011 06:20:15 AM PDT
    Updated: 06/15/ 2011 09:30:18 AM PDT

    OAKLAND — A 31-year-old Oakland man was shot several times Tuesday
    night in the backyard of a vacant North Oakland house. The man, whose
    name is not being released, was still in surgery Wednesday morning at
    a hospital and was in extremely critical condition, police said.

    The shooting happened about 10:17 p.m. Tuesday in the 1000 block of
    65th Street, which is right on the border with Berkeley. Berkeley
    police officers actually found the man first.
    Oakland Sgt. Rachael Van Sloten said the man was shot in the backyard
    of the house. What he was doing there before he was shot is unknown,
    and police hope to gain more information once he is identified.Van
    Sloten said that police don’t have a motive for the shooting and that
    no arrests have been made.

    The man is described as black, in his late 30s to early 40s, about 250
    pounds with short hair and a medium complexion.
    Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $5,000 in
    reward money for information leading to the gunman’s arrest. Anyone
    with information about the case may call police at 510-238-3821 or
    Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572 or 510-777-3211

  15. Thank you for this useful new feature. I hope you will include full descriptive information on suspects and will not redact ethnicity for p.c. reasons. That practice has caused much more trouble and mistrust at other media outlets than would ever be caused by neutral, responsible, full reporting.

  16. A nice companion to a selected-highlights, Police Blotter approach to police-event coverage is a comprehensive data-feed approach.   For that, there’s an app. 

    CrimeMapping.com is a web app that maps reported-incident — or is it calls-for-services? — data for several police jurisdictions, including BPD and UCPD. Try:
    http://www.crimemapping.com/map.aspx?aid=a673b3ba-84b4-4181-a3a4-acba5353ff65

    It is produced by The Omega Group which has a long history of offering GIS applications for police and fire, including CrimeView, and its ‘sanitized-data version, CrimeView Community, which BPD implemented and, spottily, maintained. 

    Web pages within the City of Berkeley site link to either their own, now-dead (that is, empty-of-data) CrimeView Community server, or to the outside CrimeMapping.com site.

    The BPD incident detail data elements available at second hand via CrimeMapping.com are generally too few for any quick, systematic comparisons or trend depiction for Berkeley neighborhoods.  But the incident-type typology, and the freshness and longevity of the available incident data is encouraging:  coverage includes incidents that are just a few days old back through January 2011.  A sample:
        Case Number: 11032363
        Date: 6/12/2011 2:45 AM
        Location: SHATTUCK AVE / UNIVERSITY AVE

        Description: ASSAULT/BATTERY MISDEMEANOR

    Reporters and readers might appreciate the “Receive Crime Alerts” subscription feature, at:
    http://www.crimemapping.com/subscriptions/subscribe.aspx
    Helpful?

  17. Does anyone know about the shots fired on Idaho St. a few nights ago?  What was that? Any arrests?

  18. Thanks for this new feature.  It is interesting to know about crime in Berkeley.  I am surprised.  I have believed there was a lot more crime than is represented in this report. Very interesting.  Thanks, berkeleyside.