Statistics show decrease in violent and property crimes

Preliminary statistics indicate an overall decrease in violent and property crime in Berkeley during the first six months of 2011 compared to the same time period the previous year — a trend mirrored in surrounding cities. The Berkeley Police Department recorded 4 percent fewer Part One Violent Crimes — which
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South Berkeley residents awake to punctured tires

South Berkeley residents awoke Wednesday morning to find tires punctured on over 50 of their cars on California, King and Julia streets. The tires were most likely damaged with a puncture tool such as a fireplace tool, a small pocket knife or an ice pick between 8 p.m. Tuesday and
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Riders head through Berkeley in the 27th annual Turkey Ride.

Berkeley, UCPD officers cycle to feed community

Berkeley police officers set out on a three-day, 195-mile bike ride this morning to raise money to provide Turkey dinners for underprivileged families in the city this holiday season. The 27th annual Turkey Ride united 18 cyclists — from the Berkeley Police Department, UCPD and the community — who will
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Taking safety seriously

CAMPUS ISSUES: The recent reports of sexual battery around UC Berkeley raise the question of how much students are aware of their safety.

Students read about the mother who reported being sexually battered while moving her son into the dorms Aug. 21. Students also read about the woman who was allegedly grabbed inappropriately while walking through the Eucalyptus Grove on campus that same day and about how, on the following day, a UC
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Man robbed of cell phone on Southside

A man was robbed of his cell phone late Wednesday night on the threat of a gun on Southside. At about 10:50 p.m., the victim, whose affiliation with UC Berkeley is unknown, was walking along the 2700 block of Dwight Way near Unit 2 when he was approached by two
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The Joint Southside Safety Patrol began three years ago when UCPD and BPD officers shared squad cars to increase patrol presence on Thursday through Saturday nights.

Departments collaborate to improve Southside safety

With a new school year under way, UCPD and the Berkeley Police Department are teaming up to keep crime in check. The Joint Southside Safety Patrol, which was launched last August as an effort to curtail violent crime and public nuisances, is a partnership between the two police agencies that
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