Sixty-three homeowners on three streets in the city's Oakmore neighborhood, just a block from the mayor's home on Braemar Road, have hired a private security firm to patrol their blocks during daylight hours, when break-ins are most common. Next Monday, Melvin Road, Brentwood Road and Rosecrest Drive will have a bona fide neighborhood security patrol.
"This is a wonderful place to live," said Jonathan Klein, an attorney who was one of the original five homeowners who canvassed the neighborhood to find other neighbors willing to chip in for a private patrol. "I have two kids who go to Oakland public schools, and we love it here. I don't want to move to Lafayette, but given that Oakland police cannot defend us, we couldn't just sit there anymore and do nothing."
The group began meeting about seven weeks ago, soon after an emboldened burglar tried to enter a home on Rosecrest Drive occupied by two children before walking next door and trying to break into a neighbor's home. That incident was captured on high-resolution videotape and handed over to police who responded to the call 10 hours later. An Oakland police officer apologized for the inadequate response time and urged residents to do all they could to protect themselves.