APD Joins Property Crime Taskforce

APD Joins Property Crime Taskforce

The Alameda Police Department (APD) will join five other Alameda County police departments to launch a joint task force in an effort to reduce property crimes and auto burglaries. 

APD will join Albany, Emeryville, Oakland, Piedmont and San Leandro police departments in lending personnel and resources to stamp out property crime offenses throughout Alameda County.  

“Chief Paul Rolleri reached out to the various police chiefs to form a property crimes task force,” wrote APD Lt. Hoshmand Durani in an email. “The goal of this multi-agency task force is to reduce property crimes through prevention, arrests and education.”

Like many cities in the Bay Area, Alameda has seen an increase in property crime, according to Durani. According to a Uniform Crime Reporting study by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, there were 2,123 property crime reports in Alameda in 2018. This is down from 2,347 property crime reports in 2017, but higher than 2016’s 2,020 property crime reports. Alameda’s 2018 statistics are still above California’s per-1,000 resident average. The FBI has not released its 2019 statistics yet.

APD has done similar joint operations in the past with success, but on a smaller scale. This operation will be larger in scope.

“The creation of a multi-agency team acts as a force multiplier for all the agencies, and more importantly, it gives the investigators the ability to share crucial information regarding known offenders,” said Durani.

The plan is to create a roaming task force that performs targeted crackdowns one city at a time.

“Each agency will plan an operation in their respective city and the other agencies will provide extra personnel to assist,” said Durani. “Subsequently, each city will take a turn being the host agency and planning various operations in their city.”

The roaming task force will allow each city agency to pinpoint the best time and locations where property crime might take place. Durani also said the police departments will constantly reassess after procedures begin to adjust to crime locations. No timeline has been set for when sting operations will begin. 

The operation was influenced by a similar procedure in San Francisco. San Francisco saw more than 31,000 auto burglaries in 2017 or 87 per day. This caused the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) to start a program dedicating a number of officers and investigators to each of  the city’s 10 districts to just tackle property crimes. The program has begun to see results as auto burglaries in the San Francisco dropped to 60 reports a day in 2019, according to a SFPD report.