Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Get Your Crime Map

Posted By on Tue, Dec 30, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Screenshot of residential and commercial break-ins in part of Eureka in the past 30 days. - IMAGE COURTESY OF THE EUREKA POLICE DEPARTMENT
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  • Screenshot of residential and commercial break-ins in part of Eureka in the past 30 days.
Your neighbors are talking about it — how So-and-So's garage was broken into and What's-His-Name's car up the street was finagled open and the Christmas goodies on the backseat lifted. Seems as if burglaries and such are happening up and down the danged block these days. Or are these just rumors ... ?

There is a way you can know for sure where reported recent bad acts have taken place, and to get a crime picture of your own neighborhood, as the Eureka Police Department reminds us: It's called crimereports.com. The site's been around awhile, actually. You can go there, type in a location and other parameters, and all kinds of stuff comes up (stats provided, in Eureka's case, by the police department). As a bonus the map includes the addresses of registered sex offenders.

Why do you care?

As the EPD's Brittany Powell tells folks on a couple of Eureka Nextdoor community online gabbing-over-the-fence sites, "Most of these break ins are happening during the day while you are away at work. Lock your doors and windows and keep an eye out for each other. Several arrests have been made this month from neighbors calling in suspicious suspects."

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