A male, approximately 40 years of age with an unknown city of residence, was driving a silver Jeep SUV on Interstate 80 W/B near Richmond Parkway. An unknown suspect vehicle drove alongside and fired several rounds into the Jeep. The driver of the Jeep allowed the vehicle to drift across the roadway and down a steep embankment to the right of the freeway. The Jeep overturned several times, and the driver was ejected from the vehicle.

Interstate 80 in Richmond was shut down earlier this morning after what I can only assume is gang violence caused bullets to fly, Jeeps to flip, and what I can only assume was a CHP scene like something out of Fargo.

But the thing is, crime involving vehicles is pretty much the norm in many parts of California. Take a walk through San Francisco or Oakland and you find the sidewalks are often covered in broken glass. Many convertible tops are also slashed.

The one day that I had to park outside of my apartment building’s lot in Oakland (the power was out due to a windstorm therefore the electric gate was out), someone smashed my passenger side window. What did they steal? A pair of $5 gloves. Then to add insult to injury, I moved my car into the locked garage. An hour later I found my car’s trunk open, the doors ajar, glovebox open, and storage latch broken as one of my fellow neighbors couldn’t help but rifle through my already broken-into car.

According to NeighborhoodScout, your chances of being a victim of property crime in California each year are 1 in 41. That’s not so bad. In my city (Richmond)? 1 in 24.

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But how about San Francisco? Your chances of being a victim of property crime in California each year are 1 in 19.

Actually, we should talk about that. But if you ask any San Francisco resident, their response is usually “Crime is an East Bay Problem...” - meaning that “hey, everything is relative and it could be worse. I could live in Oakland.”

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Oakland you ask? 1 in 17.

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A sideshow in Oakland last year. This is when cars shut down traffic (sometimes on the highway) to do burnouts, hang out windows, fire guns in the air, and ruin tires. It looks like fun, but is a fantasic way of ending up in jail. Just observing one in person is illegal.

In my opinion, this is the one of the biggest problems when it comes to California. When it comes to breaking the law, everyone seems to think they’re just bending it - “because compared to X, this isn’t so bad”. It’s how you end up with people reversing two city blocks (if you’re in reverse, it’s not driving the wrong way), people going the wrong way down a one way street (it’s just a short street, it’s not like it’s that long one over there), and cyclists who break nearly every law possible (why are you writing me a ticket for riding on the crosswalk when that guy over there just murdered someone?).

Like this? How about reading parts 1 and 2?

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