Is Humboldt County’s soaring violent crime rate mostly limited to criminals and addicts?

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:

FBI: Violent crime up 26.5 percent in Humboldt County

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.”

Photo taken at former site of the Betty Chinn container village

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?

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3 Responses to Is Humboldt County’s soaring violent crime rate mostly limited to criminals and addicts?

  1. zoltanwelvart says:

    The car fentanyl lolypops will be bitter,and last a year.first one is free.problem solved?

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  2. MrsT says:

    Homeless and bums are either picked up by the police & driven to the city limits & told not to come back or go to jail in some cities in Calif & Ore as well. Drug dealers should be arrested & jailed, period. If there is to much overcrowding build more jails. The working taxpayers support the cities, counties & states and should feel safe in their communities.

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  3. Gramstude says:

    Bass is up for reelection, conveniently relocated Betty Chinn our new city hostess container village into rex bohns district. With $100,000 Eureka dollars and help from PGE. Emergency housing allowed a pass from the coastal commission. The worst of the homeless still reside in Bass territory terrorising tourists and citizens who work and live within the 4th district. Chinn encouraged them to come here. Special thanks should go to mayor Frank Jager, city manager Greg Sparks, supervisor Rex Bohn and eureka city council. Combined they have created a homeless utopia.

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