Eureka's Safer Streets
I've gotten a bit frustrated with those saying Eureka's west side is so much safer since Eureka Police Chief Garr Nielsen took over. If nothing else, I've never seen how one person- be it a district attorney or police chief- can really do much in regards crime.
I'd say crime is about the same in my neighborhood as it's always been. You don't get victimized all the time, but it does happen and we've had things stolen from us off and on for years. I got ripped off yesterday right in broad daylight.
Sometime between 1 and 4pm, alongside busy E Street, someone stole a string trimmer from the back of my truck. They not only took that one but the one I had laying along the ivy next to the driveway hoping someone would steal. It wasn't working and I was tired of putting money into it so I lay it outside hoping someone would take it. They did, but they also grabbed the one I use for work I had laying in the back of my truck.
As I've already mentioned, such things have happened before so it wasn't any great shock. I don't blame Chief Nielsen for it, either.
I decided to call Eureka P.D. to at least report the working trimmer stolen so it could be listed as stolen property. Making that call was interesting in some ways.
I wanted to call their business number and had a bit of difficulty finding the number at first. I found it odd that the City of Eureka doesn't have the Police Department's listing in the phone book highlighted in bold print. I have a hard time reading the small print on the phone book so bold helps me see things. The Fire Department and Public Works is in bold, among a handful of other agencies, but not the P.D. Hmmm??? Probably just an oversight.
When I finally found the business number and made the call, I listened to the automated recording. It gave a few numbers for different purposes and finally told me to stay on the line if the numbers they gave earlier didn't apply to my case. After all was said the recording told me to call back the next day as it was after business hours. Ooops! Didn't realize it was that late in the day. It was well after 5pm.
In closing the recording said that due to "intentional misuse" of their message machine, callers are no longer allowed to leave messages regarding business with the department. Wonder what that was all about?
Anyway, I'll call them now and just give them the stolen trimmer's description and serial number but the odds are I'll never see it again. The main thing that pisses me off is having to buy a new one but at least they didn't get my more expensive trimmer.