Monday, September 27, 2010

In Hayward, Burglaries Dot the Entire City

PowerPoint slide showing burglaries in 2009.
PowerPoint slide showing burglaries in 2010.
By Steven Tavares

The Hayward Police Department said last week they have been tracking a crime trend in the rise of home invasions in their city this summer. Lt. Sheryl Boykins told the city council the department has found a "significant increase" in the number of residential burglaries without commenting on any theories for the jump. From the first half of 2010, 646 break-ins were reported in Hayward as opposed to 614 during the same  time last year. The figures amount to a five percent increase, the department said, but whether the Hayward Police were merely posturing to appear busy or acting in a prudently pro-active manner is open to debate.

"Burglars are opportunists," said Lt. Reid Lindblom. According to the police, most of the suspects arrested for burglary are out-of-towners. Forty-four suspects have been arrested since June, police said and many are not committing just a single crime, but many. "When criminals find a technique they are comfortable with they stick with it," said Lindlom. "We recognize the techniques." Burglaries in neighboring cities are also on the rise, they say, but problems in Hayward have persisted on a higher level. By comparison, other local municipalities, both larger and smaller than Hayward, have posted vastly lower levels of break-ins. In the first half of last year, San Leandro reported just 176 burglaries; Union City, 165, while the largest of the four--Fremont--reported 435.

The crime reports filed by local police departments, though, are notorious for inaccuracies that help bolster rhetoric for increase policing and numbers in the field. The PowerPoint presentation presented last Tuesday, for instance employed a clever use of colors used to denote the burglaries in Hayward. The map representing last year (shown above) showed a clutch of pale green dots splashed over the map of the city. The identical map, below, to representing this year's burglaries revealed bright blue dots, which at first glance, showed a more dire situation. After comparing the two visually numerous, the maps showed very little difference in the number or distribution of dots. Nevertheless, Lindblom declared, "If crime shifts, we'll shift with it."


  1. If the Hayward PD was'nt so busy enaging in sexual harassment, the kind that ended up in separate seven figure settlements over the last two years, MAYBE they would have time to actually fight crime.

    The Hayward Police Department is in not much better shape than the Hayward Unified School District.

  2. The quote about shifting with crime is such an asshole cop thing to say. Why don't they prevent the crimes so they don't have to shift in the first place.


  3. Thge actual top 10 areas of crime for Hayward are these:

    Misdemeanor Driving Under the Influence
    Felony Other Felonies
    Violations Driving Offenses
    Misdemeanor Other Drugs
    Misdemeanor Assault and Battery
    Felony Unknown
    Misdemeanor Drunk
    Felony Assault
    Violations Vehicle Moving Violations
    Felony Dangerous Drugs

    The others are actually not occuring very often. You might ask why, and the reason is that the majority of the crimes that HPD arests folks for generate money in fines. The rest fall in to their laps. Just try to get accurate stats from them some time. You talk about political spin, this is an area of real concern.

  4. And these jackasses on the City Council were against the Arizona Immigration Law??? WTF? Perhaps if Hayward was more vigilant in getting/turning some of these illegal aliens over to ICE, then the crime rate would be lower.

  5. As I've said before...enter my house and I'll ask who you are, then shoot if I dont want you there...I know the lay out of my house better then a piece of shit who needs to steal from anyone. I'll even put a sheet over the body...Lord know the police are slow to respond...unless you're smoking a cigarette in front of YOUR OWN HOUSE.

    (I'm certain my neighbors do not have guns, so break into their house, not mine...that's not smart.)