Monday, September 26, 2005

Fighting Crime In Eureka

I see there's gonna be one of those special town hall type meetings in Eureka to discuss crime problems in the west side of town. Do these things ever do any good or are they just one of those touchy- feely things where everyone gets to feel so good about themselves because they get to get together and hear each other talk? Funny thing is, this meeting seems to be motivated by the recent shooting and killing of a guy by police down near B and 8th Streets. From everything I've read, the guy that was killed wasn't known to be a troublemaker in the past so how is this meeting going to help prevent future shootings like that one? In fairness, there is a lot of crime on the west side of town so maybe something constructive can come of this. I doubt it, though.

Or maybe they'll come up with some new Neighborhood Watch units in the area? I think Neighborhood Watch is a good program. Only problem is, if you look at those crime maps of Eureka they publish in the Times Standard occasionally, you can see where all the crime is concentrated and those same areas are often the ones where you see all those Neighborhood Watch signs posted. It's almost seems as if it would make sense to get rid of the signs. Maybe the crime would go away with the signs? Just kidding, but I do find it ironic that the high crime areas are the ones with all the Neighborhood Watch signs.


At 4:02 PM, Blogger Jeff said...

Ironic would be if the people that were committing the crimes had neighborhood watch signs on their lawn. What you describe is not ironic, it's a logical response. If you live in a neighborhood free of crime, you wouldn't need to start a neighborhood watch program. Well it's not all that logical, because I suspect that many of the perpetrators of crime can't read, so what good is a sign? (see, we lefties have a sense of humor)

At 4:06 PM, Blogger Jeff said...

And touchy-feely things do do good. (no jokes about the do do) I don't particularly need/want/enjoy such events, but I've witnessed the value for others.

At 8:58 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Could be. A lot of people don't realize they're part of the problem. I might have mentioned before about when I worked in Juvenile Hall and we got a kid transfered in from LA. I talked to the guy's father one day and he said he wanted "to get him away from the gangs..." by moving up here. He didn't realize his kid WAS the gang. That kid is doing a whole bunch of time in prison now for being the ring leader in the drive by shooting at the drive by shooting at the Bayshore Mall a few years ago. The kid got out of the Hall, started his own gang and went about his business.

Another thing about those Neighborhood Watch signs: Could be one of those things were, if you live in a bad neighborhood, the Neighborhood Watch doesn't do any good but if you live in a good neighborhood, you don't need a Neighborhood Watch.


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