1 out of 13 residents will become a victim of crime in Eureka

Thanks for the tip Chief Mills!

One of the worst cities to live in, in California?   Eureka!

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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.


17 thoughts on “1 out of 13 residents will become a victim of crime in Eureka

  1. It should be mentioned that it appears the statistics are based on citywide numbers. If your in neighborhoods on the east side of the city, or in Lunbar Hills, you’re probably less likely to be a victim than 1 in 13. However, over here in the west side of town, or in Old Town, your much more likely than 1 in 13. In fact, I don’t have any neighbors that haven’t been a victim of some type of crime (usually theft) in the past several years. But that’s just anecdotal evidence based on my experience, others may feel differently.


  2. I listened to Mills on the radio this Morning. Every thing he says is just red meat and spin for the masses.
    You can tell he still smarting from getting taken to the wood shed by the City Manager over his leaked email. ha ha ha…….Couldn’t have happen to a more deserving person. Maybe your buddy Brian S. can console you


    • Console?!? Not likely. Captain Stache and Sgt. Paddy O’kissass have been laughing heartily about Mills recent setbacks. In the office and in the upstairs locker room, the true sentiments come out. They are as happy as can be to see him getting bad press. They’re hoping he’ll follow the path of past chiefs from out of town and get forced out.

      No….those men are not consolers…they’re smiling as they sharpen the knife blades!


  3. PR hint for Eureka: Change your name. People expect to find something good here, thinking “I found it” to be an exclamation of happy discovery. When they realize that what they have found is not always so happy, they become doubly disappointed.

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  4. Are you actually citing statistics from 2012, and blaming a police chief who arrived essentially at the beginning of 2014?? I’m guessing this comment gets censored.

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    • No, you haven’t violated the comment rules, this time. Just missing the point, as usual.


    • oh ya you’re right things were not as bad in 2012! So I’ll just blame him for today’s shit show


    • Uh…your point is, JW? In 2012 there were less crimes than there were for 2014. 5 homicides ring a bell??? Geez, even Mills begrudgingly admits crime is on the rise according to the stats, even though he wants everyone to not worry about it.

      Ahhh….I get it now. JW never has a point, just likes to troll. Keep up the slimy work JW!


      • JP…..where do you get your stats from? It wasn’t that long ago that all of the TE minions were raking Mills over the coals for stating that violent crime in Eureka was down by 50 % in 2014.


  5. The difference between violent crimes in Eureka and large cities is that almost all Eureka victims are acquainted with their perp. Random violent crime is much, much rarer in Eureka than in large cities.

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  6. Eureka’s statistics suck across the board because, officially, it’s a city of 28,000, but in reality it’s a city of 58,000 that must enter Eureka everyday for work, shopping, and entertainment from unincorporated Cutten, Myrtletown, Pine Hill and Humboldt Hill.

    Eureka would receive more state and federal support for its citizens, including law enforcement, if its population accurately reflected the reality. The problem is a chronic leadership deficit determined to serve the wealthy.

    Eureka’s republican mayor advocated to incorporate Cutten in his campaign but his owners would never stand for it, just like their rejection the mayor’s short-lived appointment of Alex Stillman to the North Coast Railroad Authority board.

    Even republicans know what’s best for the people of Eureka, but that doesn’t matter.


    • incorporating surrounding residential neighborhoods..I would guess it has been an issue before.


      • As cities grow larger their boundaries expand…unless it’s a city controlled by a cabal of “born-here” land barons that prefer the lower costs of developing inherited, unincorporated properties.

        If we had public interest media, we might be more informed on state and federal funds Eureka forfeits that are based on population, and what it costs Eureka to serve thousands of unincorporated “Eurekans” who work, drive, receive social services, medical care, and their entertainment in Eureka every day.


      • thanks anon, excellent


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