The crime wave of theft, home invasions, assaults, even homicides, continues to reign here locally. Every other day we continue to read about violence and predation in our communities. The Examiner has also found and posted about, the overwhelming amount of unreported crimes happening in our communities, especially in the Cannabis industry.(see links at the bottom) The forecast is only expected to get worse as the local cannabis economy goes through its painful realignment. We believe the Times-Standard story today about the overnight closers of Safeway store is yet another sign of how bad it’s getting.
Safeway stores cut back on hours, stores see hundreds of calls for service from local law enforcement
Safeway shoppers on Tuesday were greeted with signs on some entrances stating the grocery stores will no longer be open 24/7.
“New store hours,” a green sheet of paper taped to the inside of a sliding glass door of the Eureka Safeway reads. “Opens 5 p.m. daily … Closed 1 a.m. daily.”
“Our store operations are continuously reviewed and adjusted where needed based on observations from our division management and customer feedback. We recently modified the hours of operation at over 80 locations throughout the Northern California division,” Safeway Northern California spokeswoman Wendy Gutshall wrote in an email to the Times-Standard on Tuesday.
“As an ongoing effort, we evaluate and adjust our store operations based on observations from division management, customer feedback, seasonal activity and a variety of other variables that impact our operations,” she later wrote in response to a question about why the hours were adjusted.
It’s not just the Eureka store that won’t be open 24/7. According to Gutshall, the Arcata location will now be open daily from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m., the Fortuna branch will be open daily from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. and the McKinleyville store will be open from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m.
It is unclear whether crime played a role in the company’s decision.
“We have had 378 responses to Safeway in [the last] year,” Fortuna Police Department office supervisor Robin Paul said.
She added that 57 of those calls in 2017 were for theft and the others were for vandalism or other emergencies.
“We responded over there 469 times and those were petty thefts, disturbances, unwanted subjects, reckless driving, all sorts of things,” Arcata Police Department Lt. Bart Silvers said about calls for service at the Safeway.
Those calls came in between January and December last year between the hours of 1 a.m. and 5 a.m., he said.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office’s jurisdiction covers both the Eureka Safeway on Harris Street and the McKinleyville Safeway along Central Avenue.
Sheriff’s office public information officer Samantha Karges said “a lot” of the calls for service at those Safeway stores are outside of their new closing hours.
“A lot of the time, our deputies go out there and Safeway doesn’t want to press charges,” Karges said.
In 2017, deputies were called out to the Eureka Safeway 150 times total but only 17 times between the hours of 1 and 5 a.m. The most common call for service there was for unwanted subjects.
In 2017, deputies responded to the McKinleyville Safeway 133 times including eight times between the hours of 1 and 5 a.m. Unwanted subjects make up the most calls in the McKinleyville location as well, according to information sent by Karges. Hunter Cresswell can be reached at 707-441-0506.
Small signs on the front doors of the Safeway store in Eureka let customers know about its new open hours.
Past posts about the crime wave:
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