Rape Report Data from Berkeley, Concord and Oakland Police Departments

In my latest story for Oakland Magazine, I report that three East Bay police departments — in Berkeley, Concord and Oakland — have some of the highest rates of unfounded rape reports in the nation, according to data submitted to the FBI.

Exactly why their rates are so much higher than other law enforcement agencies isn’t entirely clear, it could be poor investigatory practices or errors in record keeping.  I submitted records requests to review individual reports, but have yet to receive any records, with Berkeley issuing a flat denial. 

Here is the data I obtained from the FBI and the individual departments:

Berkeley

 
2013
2014
2015
2016
Total rapes, according to Berkeley Police Department   29 43 41 53
Total rapes, FBI data (Started using revised rape definition in 2014)   26 35 44 54
Unfounded rape reports, FBI data   22 40 20 22
Percent of rape reports determined to be unfounded, FBI data   45.8% 53.3% 31.3% 28.9%
Total rape reports including unfounded, FBI data   48 75 64 76

Concord

 
2013
2014
2015
2016
Total rapes, FBI data (Started using revised rape definition midway in 2014)   12 22 29 31
Unfounded rape reports, FBI data   9 27 29 26
Percent of rape reports determined to be unfounded, FBI data   42.9% 55.1% 50.0% 45.6%
Total rape reports including unfounded, FBI data   21 49 58 57

Oakland

 
2013
2014
2015
2016
Total rapes, according to Oakland Police Department   177 210 213 191
Total rapes, FBI data (Started using revised rape definition in 2015)   180 209 285 277
Unfounded rape reports, FBI data   78 107 40 35
Percent of rape reports determined to be unfounded, FBI data   30.2% 33.9% 12.3% 11.2%
Total rape reports including unfounded, FBI data   258 316 325 312

Statewide

 
2013
2014
2015
2016
Total rapes, FBI data   7,463 9,203 12,794 13,695
Unfounded rape reports, FBI data   453 590 687 574
Percent of rape reports determined to be unfounded, FBI data   5.7% 5.4% 5.1% 4.0%
Total rape reports including unfounded, FBI data   7,916 9,793 13,481 14,269

Read the full report on this data in Oakland Magazine here.

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