Here at this blog since it started last February, we have been trying to draw attention to the steadily growing crime wave here in Humboldt County and more specifically the city of Eureka. We’ve been trying to bring attention to this fact by attempting to pressure the Police Dept and elected officials to acknowledge it, and take action to stem the rising tide of crime.
This fact is indisputable; we have more property crime victims per capita than any other city in the state!
Now that’s just the statistics. What is news is that the fact that people are more likely to be victims of crime in Eureka, than in Los Angeles, or Long Beach, or San Diego, or Richmond and the local media ignores it. Now that’s a story. The local media seems to feel that property crime isn’t worth reporting on.
Who cares about their quality of life anyway? Just because a stranger breaks into your house and steals your property, doesn’t mean you should feel unsafe, right? And having your car broken into repeatedly, even after you started leaving the doors unlocked shouldn’t cause any concern, right? Coming home from a family outing and finding broken glass everywhere and your home trashed, no worries!
Wrong! Ryan Burns of The Lost Coast Outpost was mocking Eureka’s plight by putting up a post poking fun at an alarm company for saying that Eureka is the second most dangerous city in California, just behind Oakland. What’s hilarious is that the advertising is for a product that would be absolutely essential if you choose to live in this crime-ridden city; a Security System.
Burns, sounding less like the reporter he used to be and more like a LoCO commenter, went on to downplay Eureka’s violent crime rate in comparison with other cities, and found that Eureka’s was less than many other cities.
Of course, that doesn’t take into account the 3 murders that have already taken place in Eureka this year! As we wrote before, based on the stats, you’re more likely to be murdered in Eureka than in L.A.
But instead of going off on that long rabbit trail, let’s stick with the common knowledge of living in Eureka. If you don’t have an alarm on your house, you’re possessions will get burglarized. If you leave valuables in your car, your valuables will get burglarized. If you own a store, merchandise will get stolen. If you accept checks, merchandise will get purchased with stolen checks. If you own a gas station, gas will get purchased with proceeds from valuables stolen in burglaries. If you leave your bike unlocked, your bike will be gone. Etc. Etc. Etc.
Eureka has become an unpleasant place to live. Chief Mills seems more focused on promoting Measure Q and going after bicyclists, instead of addressing the problem of crime going out of control. The local media rarely criticizes the City for failing to protect citizens, and dismisses property crimes as not being “real crime”.
Guess what, getting your house broken into is a horrible experience. Families that have experienced it deal with the emotional damage for years. Theft, robbery, and vandalism are not “victimless”.
If you believe that Eureka doesn’t have a crime problem, then try this challenge: Ask 5 people who’ve lived in Eureka for over 5 years if they’ve been a victim of a crime, then figure out the stats for yourself. The Examiner staff took the challenge today. The results were frightening…..100% of those residents had been victims of crime (almost all related to theft). Even more startling, more than half of those asked didn’t report the crime because they believed nothing would be done……
And why should they. Based on the news coverage and law enforcement response, it seems that no one gives a damn that “Eureka is the California city where you’re most likely to be a victim of property crime.”
Pretty pathetic for Humboldt County’s unique “Victorian Seaport” and “County Seat”!