Oakland, known for its rich history and diverse culture, has taken a devastating blow as In-N-Out Burger’s sole outpost in the city has announced its closure. The beloved fast-food establishment, which has been a fixture in the community for 18 years, is shutting its doors for good, citing an alarming rise in crime as the catalyst for this unfortunate decision.

Despite maintaining profitability, In-N-Out Chief Operating Officer Denny Warnick made the painful choice to prioritize the safety of both the dedicated employees and loyal patrons who have frequented the Oakland location for nearly two decades. In a sudden announcement over the weekend, Warnick revealed the heartbreaking reality behind this closure.

“Despite taking repeated steps to create safer conditions, our Customers and Associates are regularly victimized by car break-ins, property damage, theft, and armed robberies,” Warnick lamented. He added, “Additionally, this location remains a busy and profitable one for the company, but our top priority must be the safety and well-being of our Customers and Associates – we cannot ask them to visit or work in an unsafe environment.”

The statistics provided by Oakland police at the dawn of the new year were nothing short of shocking. Robberies had surged by an alarming 38% from 2022 to 2023, a stark indicator of the city’s deteriorating safety. Burglaries followed suit, rising by 23% year-on-year, while motor vehicle theft saw a staggering 44% increase, painting a grim picture of the deteriorating security situation.

In the face of this disheartening situation, the loyal workers of Oakland’s In-N-Out have two options. They can either transfer to another one of the company’s fast-food establishments or accept a severance package, a testament to the company’s commitment to its employees during this difficult time.

“We are grateful for the local community, which has supported us for over 18 years, and we recognize that this closure negatively impacts our Associates and their families,” Warnick wrote, highlighting the deep sense of gratitude and responsibility the company feels toward its Oakland community.

In-N-Out Burger’s exit from Oakland serves as a poignant reminder of the growing challenges faced by businesses in a city plagued by rising crime. It underscores the pressing need for effective solutions to address the safety concerns of both residents and enterprises that have called Oakland home for generations.

The closure of this cherished establishment serves as a stark wake-up call to local authorities, urging them to take immediate and decisive action to curb the escalating crime rates that are driving away businesses and compromising the well-being of their constituents. As Oakland grapples with this disheartening loss, the hope is that it will also mark a turning point, inspiring the community to come together and restore the city’s reputation as a safe and welcoming place for all.

In this challenging time, we extend our thoughts to the hardworking employees and loyal patrons who have been part of In-N-Out’s Oakland journey. While the doors may be closing, the memories and the sense of community will forever remain in the hearts of those who shared in the joy of this iconic fast-food joint.

As Oakland faces this crossroads, it is our hope that the city can once again reclaim its reputation as a safe and thriving community, where businesses can flourish, and residents can enjoy the security and prosperity they deserve.