While going through some clippings from the Times-Standard that get sent our way, we stumbled on a front page column about rising violent crime rates that caught our attention:
Now, granted, the THC reader who passed this along to us is a particularly opinionated when it comes to the violent impacts of, in their words, “tweeker on tweeker” crime in our County. And they were very clear in their belief that all of Humboldt’s major crime problems can be boiled down to “tweekers, hobos, and drug dealers.”
But THC wonders – can it all truly be boiled down to that?
By our count, there must be at least 15-16 active homicide cases in the County’s DA office at the moment. For a county with our population, suffice it to say that we’re hurting each other in Humboldt County at the second-highest rate in the state. Hooray?
Far as we can tell from skimming headlines, the majority of them are not necessarily related to drugs, crime, or homelessness (although it can be argued that quite a few of the actors involved in the majority of these crimes appear to have a hand in a certain industry).
So, you tell us – why did the crime rate rise a whopping 26.5 percent in Humboldt County from 2015 to 2016?
More food for thought; if you care for some wild (and questionably accurate, though based on FBI crime numbers) statistics from a non-government website, check this place out: NeighborhoodScout.com
According to those folks, Eureka is safer than a total of 1% of cities across the United States, and you’ve got a 1 in 163 chance of being the victim of violent crime there. Not great odds, eh? But throw property crime in the mix, and you’ve got a 1 in 13 chance of being victim of a crime. Holy shit, right?
Eureka is by far the worst off in Humboldt – but it’s not like our other population centers are winning awards, either.
Again according to NeighborhoodScout, Arcata is safer than only 5% of cities in California, as is Fortuna. (We’re not touching on McKinleyville, because their stats are skewed thanks to not being incorporated.
So what gives? Is all of Humboldt County just one giant thunderdome? Or is our passionate reader correct in that we have an almost completely drug-related crime problem?