Oakland Police Issue Urgent Advisory Following Incidents of Robbers Posing as Officers in Residential Break-Ins

Oakland Police Issue Urgent Advisory Following Incidents of Robbers Posing as Officers in Residential Break-Ins

Recently, the Oakland Police Department issued a safety advisory following a series of alarming incidents involving residential robbers posing as law enforcement officers.

According to OPD, there have been multiple cases where one to four suspects have unlawfully entered residences in Oakland, either conducting searches or demanding valuables from residents.

In these incidents, the suspects have reportedly identified themselves verbally as “police” or “OPD” upon entering the victims’ homes.

Disturbingly, some of these robbers have been observed wearing plain clothes, further confusing their victims about their true identities.

Recent Robberies in East Oakland

In East Oakland specifically, there have been instances where suspects dressed in plain attire have falsely presented themselves as police officers during residential robberies, adding to the community’s concerns.

Police Guidelines and Safety Tips

The Oakland Police Department emphasized several safety guidelines to help residents distinguish legitimate police officers from imposters.

Official officers, OPD stressed, will always knock and announce their presence before entering a residence, wearing attire that clearly identifies them as law enforcement personnel.

They clarified that plainclothes officers do not forcibly enter homes.

Community Response and Investigation

In response to this troubling trend, OPD assured the public that they are actively investigating these incidents and have increased police presence in areas affected by these crimes.

They urged anyone who has been a victim or has information about these incidents to contact them immediately at (510)-238-3326.

Safety Reminders

To enhance personal safety, OPD advised residents to avoid resisting during such encounters and to trust their instincts.

They strongly recommended calling 911 if there is any doubt about the legitimacy of someone claiming to be a police officer.

Stay safe, and remain vigilant in your communities.

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