One of the core objectives of the Montclair Neighborhood Council is to help prevent the various forms of crime that occur in our area (Area 2) and collaborate with the Oakland Police Department to better serve our needs. This includes addressing issues like:
- Home Alert/Neighborhood Watch: These groups currently operate with no area-wide coordination, and many neighborhoods have no organization
- Crime Reporting & Response: Reports of vandalism and robberies in our area requires area-wide response and prevention methods
- Cyber-crime: Computer crime is growing and we have many residents who are not proficient at preventing it
- Mail Theft: Although this has been a separate focus of the Mail Theft Team, this function is being folded into the scope of the Crime Prevention Project.
- Identity Theft: When someone’s personal information is stolen, whether from mail or electronic sources, it takes months and sometimes years to clear a person’s credit rating
Reporting Criminal or Suspicious Activity
If you see a crime in process, call 9-1-1. If calling from a cell phone within Oakland, call 510-777-3211. These are emergency-only numbers.
If you want to report criminal or suspicious activity that is not life-threatening or is after the fact, call 510-777-3333. This is the Oakland Police Department non-emergency number.
If you see a crime in progress in an East Bay Regional Park, call 510-881-1121 for emergencies and 510-881-1833 for non-emergencies to get East Bay Regional Park police dispatch.
You may also Report a Crime Online to the City for the following types of incidents:
- Lost Property
- Vehicle Burglary
- Vehicle Tampering
- Bad Checks, Forgery, Identity Theft
You can report on-line if ALL of these five statements are true:
- It is not an emergency – In Emergency, always call 911 (510-777-3211 on a cell phone)
- You are at least 18 years old – If under 18, have a parent or guardian submit the report
- You have an email address – Otherwise, you won’t get the copy of the report and temporary police report number
- It happened within Oakland city limits – Report the crime in the city where it happened
- It did not happen on a freeway or highway – If it did, contact the California Highway Patrol: 510-450-3821
You can’t report on-line if ANY of the statements below are true:
- You know who committed this crime or evidence exists (e.g., video or digital film)
- The incident was a Hate Crime (the crime was based on race, religion, sexual orientation, handicap, ethnicity or national origin)
- Damage/value is over $5,000
- The lost/stolen property is a firearm
Make your report by calling the OPD non-emergency number: (510) 777-3333
The online Citizen Police Report forms for the purposes above may be accessed at http://www2.oaklandnet.com/government/o/OPD/s/report-crime/index.htm
Members of the public also have a legal right to file complaints, and the Oakland Police Department is required to accept any complaint you wish to file. Citizen Complaint forms are now available at http://www.oaklandpolice.com/geninfo/complain.html
Map of Crimes Being Reported to the OPD
The Oakland Police Department is providing crime information to the public through an interactive Web site. You can request crime data by type and proximity to an address or known location, such as a school, policing Area (we are Area 2) or by Beat number (we are in Beat 13Z). Your selections will produce maps and/or reports from this information. Try it at http://gismaps.oaklandnet.com/crimewatch/
Another Web site for mapping crimes occuring in Oakland is called Oakland Crimespotting, and can be viewed at http://oakland.crimespotting.org/
Montclair Police Beat (13Z)
The Montclair Neighborhood Council follows the Oakland Police Department’s zoning. Montclair Area 2 and Beat 13Z, shown below. You can request crime data by type and proximity to an address or known location, such as a school, or by Beat number. Your selections will produce maps and/or reports from this information. Try it at http://gismaps.oaklandnet.com/crimewatch/
Another Web site for mapping crimes occurring in Oakland is called Oakland Crimespotting, and can be viewed at http://oakland.crimespotting.org/
Solicitation Permit (link)
Solicitation In The Village
All organizations that raise money in Oakland are required to have a charitable solicitation permit. The cost of a permit is normally $20, and the duration can be as long as a year. If the solicitation is for a charitable cause, permits are handled under OMC chapter 5.18. Ask to see the permit, and, if they do not have one, call OPD at 510-777-3333 to report it.
Solicitation At Your Home
According to Chapter 5.48 of the Oakland Municipal Code, if a resident has a “No Peddlers” or “No Solicitations” sign it is illegal for solicitors to ring or knock on your door, even with a permit.
If you do not have a sign, solicitors may come to your house, but only with a permit. Ask to see the permit, and, if they do not have one, call OPD at 777-3333 to report it. Each person must be carrying their own permit, “the office” or “my manager” has it, is not an excuse. Distributors of free printed matter or political canvasing are not subject to the permit rule.
If you do not feel safe answering the door, do not do so and immediately call 911.