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Berkeleyside Police Blotter: Crime in Berkeley, Nov. 21-27

Selected calls for service to the Berkeley Police, via CrimeMapping.com. (Scroll down for maps of burglaries, auto burglaries and auto thefts.) Blue icons with a white mask are robberies. Red ones show physical violence. Yellow ones are reports of a disturbance. Purple ones are weapon-related calls. Orange ones are arson calls. Those marked “SC” are sexual assault calls, and green ones are vandalism. Click the map for the full list.

Selected calls for service to the Berkeley Police, via CrimeMapping.com. (Scroll down for maps of burglaries, auto burglaries and auto thefts.) Blue icons with a white mask are robberies. Red ones show physical violence. Yellow ones are reports of a disturbance. Purple ones are weapon-related calls. Orange ones are arson calls. Those marked “SC” are sexual assault calls, and green ones are vandalism. Click the map for the full list.

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This is a partial list of recent crime in Berkeley, compiled by Berkeleyside, and based on reports to the Berkeley Police Department unless otherwise noted. See past crime blotters here.

The following items represent just a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate. From Nov. 21-27, there were 19 burglary reports26 auto break-in or theft from a vehicle reports, and five stolen vehicle reports to the Berkeley Police Department, according to CrimeMapping.comSeven robberies and 10 assaults, domestic violence incidents or batteries were reported. These numbers are subject to change. Click the previous links for the most current information.

Thursday, Nov. 21

Nine auto burglaries and one theft from a vehicle were reported: at 8:15 a.m. at Dwight Way and Telegraph Avenue; at 11:40 a.m. in the 2200 block of Ashby Avenue; at 7 p.m. in the 1200 block of Walnut Street; at 8 p.m. in the 2400 block of Jefferson Avenue; at 8 p.m. in the 2100 block of Bonar Street; two at at 8 p.m. in the 2700 block of Mathews Street; at 9 p.m. in the 500 block of Cragmont Avenue; at 9:15 p.m. in the 2400 block of Dana Street; and at 10 p.m. in the 1400 block of 67th Street.

A vehicle was reported stolen at 7 p.m. in the 2600 block of Mathews Street.

There were 19 burglaries reported over this period, via CrimeMapping.com. The prior week there were 38. Click the map for a list of calls.

There were 19 burglaries reported over this period, via CrimeMapping.com. The prior week there were 38. Click the map for a list of calls.

Friday, Nov. 22

Four home burglaries were reported: at 2 a.m. in the 700 block of Creston Road; at 2:27 a.m. in the 2000 block of University Avenue; at 7 a.m. in the 1700 block of Spruce Street; and at 10 a.m. in the 2400 block of Curtis Street.

Four thefts or burglaries from vehicles were reported: at 9:45 a.m. in the 100 block of Seawall Drive; at 11:38 a.m. in the 2000 block of Oregon Street; at 3 p.m. in the 1600 block of Stannage Avenue; and at 7:30 p.m. in the 2900 block of College Avenue.

A felony assault or battery was reported at 11:50 a.m. at Alcatraz Avenue and King Street.

A commercial burglary was reported at 3:15 p.m. in the 600 block of Harrison Street.

Two robberies were reported, at 5:10 p.m. in the 2500 block of Durant Avenue, and at 6:08 p.m. at Woolsey Street and Shattuck Avenue.

A felony sexual assault was reported at 11:59 p.m. in the 2300 block of Dwight Way.

Saturday, Nov. 23

Three robberies were reported: at 7:45 a.m. at Bonita Avenue and Virginia Street; at 8:30 a.m. at Prince Street and Shattuck Avenue; and at 5 p.m. in the 2500 block of Shattuck Avenue.

Six home burglaries were reported: at 9:30 a.m. in the 1300 block of Blake Street; at 10 a.m. in the 1300 block of Bonita Avenue; at 12:32 p.m. in the 1400 block of Josephine Street; at 3 p.m. in the 1700 block of Cedar Street; at 5 p.m. in the 1700 block of Spruce Street; and at 7:30 p.m. in the 800 block of Santa Barbara Road.

A commercial burglary was reported at 11:04 a.m. in the 2800 block of Telegraph Avenue.

Four thefts or burglaries from vehicles were reported: at 1:15 p.m. at Fifth and Harrison streets; at 4 p.m. in the 900 block of Cedar Street; at 5 p.m. in the 1400 block of Santa Fe Avenue; and at 11:30 p.m. in the 2400 block of Bonar Street.

A felony assault or battery was reported at 4:19 p.m. in the 2500 block of Durant Avenue.

A vehicle was reported stolen at 10:30 p.m. in the 1500 block of Alcatraz.

There were 26 thefts or burglaries from vehicles reported in Berkeley over this period, via CrimeMapping.com. There were 28 reported the prior week. There were also five vehicles stolen (shown in purple). Click the map for a list of incidents.

There were 26 thefts or burglaries from vehicles reported in Berkeley over this period, via CrimeMapping.com. There were 28 reported the prior week. There were also five vehicles stolen (shown in purple). Click the map for a list of incidents.

Sunday, Nov. 24

A home burglary was reported at 1:30 a.m. in the 2900 block of Derby Street.

Two auto burglaries were reported, at 9 a.m. in the 2400 block of Ashby, and at 5 p.m. in the 2000 block of Oregon Street.

A vehicle was reported stolen at 7 p.m. at Addison and West streets.

Monday, Nov. 25

Three home burglaries were reported: at 10 a.m. in the 1600 block of Oregon Street; at 12:44 p.m. in the 2700 block of Woolsey Street; and at 11:50 p.m. in the 2400 block of Haste Street.

Two robberies were reported, at 12:50 p.m. in the 2600 block of Telegraph, and at 9:55 p.m. in the 2600 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

Two auto burglaries were reported, at 4 p.m. in the 2000 block of Fourth Street, and at 5 p.m. in the 3000 block of Dana Street.

A felony assault or battery was reported at 5:20 p.m. in the 1500 block of Shattuck Avenue.

A breakdown of the most serious crimes reported by day of the week from Nov. 21-27. Image: CrimeMapping.com

A breakdown of the most serious crimes reported by day of the week from Nov. 21-27. Image: CrimeMapping.com

Tuesday, Nov. 26

Two home burglaries were reported, at 11 a.m. in the 1800 block of Berkeley Way, and at 1:35 p.m. in the 1400 block of Grant Street.

An auto burglary was reported at 8:30 p.m. in the 1500 block of Shattuck Avenue.

A vehicle was reported stolen at 8:50 p.m. in the 2800 block of Regent Street.

Wednesday, Nov. 27

Three auto burglaries were reported: at 1:30 a.m. in the 2000 block of Bancroft Way; at 5 p.m. at Oregon and Adeline streets; and at 7:10 p.m. at Oregon and Milvia streets.

A commercial burglary was reported at 6 p.m. in the 600 block of Harrison Street.

A vehicle was reported stolen at 10 p.m. in the 1100 block of Delaware Street.

Related:
Berkeley man shot Sunday night at Ashby Flea Market (12.02.13)
Berkeley Police arrest 2 after burglary in process call (11.26.13)
Berkeleyside Police Blotter: Crime in Berkeley, Nov. 14-20 (11.25.13)

See the full list of Berkeley Police Department calls for service on CrimeMapping.com. See the list of calls to UC Police at Berkeley. See also Local Crime News’ regularly published list of arrests of Berkeley residents. Other sources of information on crime in Berkeley include the Police Department’s CrimeView Community and CrimeMapping.com. [Editor’s Note: New calls for service are at times added to the CrimeMapping.com system in an unpredictable manner, and numbers for most types of calls are likely to increase in the days following this report. This post does not reflect every call.]

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  • bgal4

    The map is not accurate representation of the list of incidents, i.e. burglary 1600 block of Oregon not plotted on map.

    It is a damn shame that after so many years of working towards adopting industry standards and millions of dollars on new systems and positions the city and BPD is still without reliable crime data and analysis.

  • suckatash

    I am pretty sure there is reliable data and analysis available. But for some reason, BPD and other departments are not required to provide data on every case. BPD used to do exactly this about 10 years ago. I know because I wrote a script to automatically download the weekly PDF files they provided. But my script would constantly break because the names of the PDF files (and their links) would randomly change format. A new comma here, an extra space here. So I abandoned my screen-scraping hobby. I also emailed Emille months ago when she first took over the Crime Blotter about the random sampling BPD was providing. She could not provide any additional information but she did confirm that the lack of complete data was frustrating.

    Crimemapping.com a public information service that is owned by theomegagroup.com whose real moneymaking product is this:

    http://www.theomegagroup.com/police/crimeview_desktop.html

  • Guest

    Thanks for providing the key in the top image, B’side! The old captions didn’t include all the different icons, but this new design is really helpful.

  • emraguso

    That’s great to hear.

  • emraguso

    They do have “calls for service” PDFs that they post but they’re pretty useless — at least from a layman’s perspective — because there’s no way to easily sort them or analyze them in any way that I’m aware of.
    http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/Police/Home/Daily_Calls_For_Service_Log.aspx

    May be worth checking, bgal, if the call you mentioned is in that log.

    I’m not sure if the Calls for Service PDF has more info than, or the same as, what’s available through CrimeMapping. It’s definitely not a perfect system but it’s much better than not having anything…

    I would guess that the vast majority of calls are included — but having anything withheld raises issues as far as accuracy and transparency and seems problematic. There’s also the issue of inconsistency as far as when calls are added; it’s not clear to me if this is purely based on when they’re reported (which police have no control over) or other factors.

    It’s possible that the call bgal mentioned has shown up, or might show up later, but just wasn’t in there at the time of this post.

    I will say that using CrimeMapping provides (in my opinion) a much better overview than anything else I’m aware of. Unless there is some kind of public outcry or a demand from council, I don’t see the police department improving or adjusting the tools or data that are available.

  • bgal4

    The burglary was listed in the attached report just not plotted on the map. I pointed this out to show yet another way the data is not accurately represented.

    We agree on the status, but the real problem is personnel, the analyst does not have the required data manipulation skills. And in Berkeley city employees are protected from being replaced.

    I think the public should have better crime information but I am mostly concerned about the police dept internal functions. The dept makes an effort to use data for investigative purposes when there is an apparent crime series, but on a regular basis patrol cops are without usable information. Nationally police depts are moving towards predictive policing methods based on timely data analysis.

  • emraguso

    I downloaded a converter — is there a free tool for doing this? — and used a trial version to convert one PDF. It splits each page onto separate sheets and only did the first few pages (because it’s a trial). I guess my question is, then what? To have to convert and then clean up those files every day would be quite time consuming. Why can’t they just be posted as spreadsheets, which I assume is likely their original format? Regardless, I’m not sure there’s an easy way of dealing with all that data even if they were posted as spreadsheets, but it certainly provides a significant barrier that they’re not. It would be nice if CrimeMapping was based on the data in those PDFs. I would think it would be a pretty similar data set but it sounds like what bgal was looking for was in one place and not the other.

  • emraguso

    Have you checked if the burglary you mentioned has since been added on crimemapping? Not everything is added at the same time — there’s a delay for some calls.

  • emraguso

    That’s very kind. Feel free to email me to discuss further.

    Bgal — for what it’s worth, I do see a burglary in the 1600 block of Oregon listed on crimemapping — but it’s possible it hadn’t been added at the time I posted this. You can see it here — http://bit.ly/1bi6Bfr. It also looks to me like it’s on the map above though. (And those maps are screenshots, not embeds, which means it appeared at the original time of this post, prior to your comments.)