Thanks for the tip Chief Mills!
One of the worst cities to live in, in California? Eureka!
Many of the smaller towns in California seem to be more dangerous than the big cities that people often expect to be the biggest threat. You may want to look at the crime rate in small towns like Eureka, before making the decision to move or visit alone.
With a population of only 27,000, this small town sees a higher ratio of crime-per-resident than most cities in California. Unfortunately, 5.79 out of 1,000 residents experience an act of violent crime and 71.21 out of 1,000 residents experience property crimes. The total reported crimes per 1,000 residents are 77. So what’s your chance of being a victim of crime in Eureka? 1 out of 13.
But wait, haven’t we been hearing that Eureka is safe and that the “real” numbers show that crime in down in Eureka? Yes, that’s exactly what the spin master Police Chief Mills has been trying to make us believe. Just this morning he was on Talkshop and he said that people shouldn’t believe what’s written in blogs, or on websites like “Neighborhood Scout”. He said that the internet sites were taking numbers out of context to skew peoples perceptions of Eureka.
Well Chief, you can’t skew the FBI’s Uniformed Crime Reporting stats, and they show that Eureka is a dangerous town. Are there Cities in California that have more violent crime? Yes. Are there Cities with more property crime? Yes. But when you put the numbers together they paint a pretty stark picture of Eureka. On top of that, just looking at the news and observing your surroundings would show most average residents that crime in Eureka is astronomical, and seems to be getting worse.
Spin master Mills can rail against “blogs” all he wants, but he’s only partially correct. Some blogs are nothing but propaganda, like the one he started. Some blogs like Neighborhood Scout take the numbers provided by the FBI and work out where you’re most likely to be a victim of a crime. In Eureka, that’s 1 out of 13 residents becoming a victim of crime.
Hopefully this year the homicide rate in Eureka isn’t like last year with 5 murders (not including those by EPD). However, the first step in addressing a problem is recognizing that it exists. Chief Mills hasn’t taken the first step, so we aren’t very hopeful that solutions will be found.