Most serious crimes in Hayward down

A police department progress report given to the Hayward City Council on Tuesday included the latest crime statistics, comparing January through September of 2009 with the same nine months of 2008.

HaywardPDThe good news is that most serious crimes are down. Rape, by 57 percent; arson, 25 percent; robbery, 17 percent; major assault, 13 percent; burglary and grand theft, 2 percent.

Unfortunately, the big-ticket crime of murder was up 17 percent, with seven occurring this year as opposed to six during that time frame last year.

However, updating those stats to Dec. 2, the city would be even with last year. October 2008 had a liquor store stabbing death near Tennyson Road and a fatal shooting at the Hayward BART station.

Last week’s horrific slaying in the upper B Street neighborhood brought this year’s count up to eight as well.

That’s a pretty standard number. 2007 had 10 homicides, while 2006 was low with four. The three preceding years had nine each.

The other crime that was up was auto theft, with a 5 percent increase.

Overall, Police Chief Ron Ace said the figures are positive.

“It’s a good sign, obviously, especially during this time of economic recession,” he said. “We are doing a good job of keeping a lid on things.”

Here’s part two of the HPD progress report.

In another recently issued report, Congressional Quarterly ranked Hayward as 126 out of 393 cities with populations of 75,000 or more in terms of crime rate. The lower the number, the more crime¬† — Oakland came it at No. 3, Richmond at 14. San Leandro fared worse than Hayward at 113, while Fremont did considerably better at 304.

Eric Kurhi

  • John Kyle

    I have my ‘harp’ out again!

    If we repelaled amenment #2 of the US Constitution we could write another whiched revoked the idea that we need an AK 47 mounted over every fuireplace and an uzzi under the pillow.

    Still another four officers went down by gunrfire posseed by a mad man.

    When I was in the Army, (fortunastely it was peace time service in the Germany.) Wether or not we were in basic training or sitting in a tank waiting for the imagined commuinist onslaught, our weapons were under lock and key by an NCO assigned to that task. No ammunition was available unless it was for training purposes.

    That nut at Ft. Hood bought an automatic pistol, added ‘clips’ and ammo from an off base arms dealer…..

    When will we learn that the National Rifle Association does not rule the country and that rifles and shot guns without clips, requiring a squeeze of the trigger with each shot, are all that a true sportsman needs to go hunting.. Were it otherwise… why not plant mines in deer grazing areas or use dynamite in rivers, streams and lakes as a fishing technique ( saves the time and mess of untangling fish lines, baiting hooks and brings in ‘the limit’ much faster thus allowing more time for grog around the camp fire!

    So far this year four officers in Oakland, subseqquently three more in Pittsburgh Ps, and now four in Washington State..( not to mention the kids at Columbine High School)…. and NRA thinks it a service to the country to retain Amendment 2 as written…… ( written by those fine gentlemen who remembered the French and Indian wars occuring at a time when our… .back door was open to unknown dangers of an unexplored continent.)

    We no longer have unexplored areas but the law of the jungle seems to be taking over our urban cities.

  • qodrn

    Speaking of crimes, a very hate filled message was left on the fence of the house on the corner of Berry and Del Mar. This family is not the first of its nationality in the neighborhood. What is going on with people anyway? This is rediculous for kids or adults to do. I hope these people were not serious in their intent to harm others.