Violence In Oakland Forces Residents To Seek Private Security (VIDEO)

Source: John Blackstone / CBS News

OAKLAND, Calif. — There have been 61 murders so far in Oakland, Calif., and with crime on the rise, some neighbors are taking extraordinary steps.

Gunfire has become so common on the streets of Oakland, that even in neighborhoods that once seemed immune to the city’s violence, residents are no longer shocked.

With budget cuts forcing Oakland to trim its police force by a third, residents decided to pay themselves for private security patrols, which is understandable when you hear Hetherington’s story.

“A car came down the street, three guys got out with a gun. There was a gun battle three blocks over. And I did hear actually a bullet went through somebody’s house.”

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