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.