Eureka Named 2nd Most Dangerous City in California…In 2014
What’s this? A list of the “20 MOST DANGEROUS CITIES IN CALIFORNIA” from some website called Home Security Shield. Yikes! And Eureka is number two. Uh-oh, we better let people know. Let’s just check the date on this. September. Ok, it’s a little old. 2014. Wait, what!?! It’s almost a year and a half old. Why is this on our Facebook feed now?
That’s what went through our heads earlier. This “listicle” has been making its way around Facebook locally.
Well, we did a little digging, and this story was dealt with a long time ago. LoCO’s Ryan Burns pointed out when the list came out that the stats used are misleading. For one, the stats are from 2012, and the system treats everything from petty theft to first degree murder exactly the same.
The truth of the matter is that back in 2012 Eureka had a high property crime rate, while several other cities ranked above Eureka in violent crime.
We did a quick Google search for the “most dangerous cities in California.” The first thing that popped up is called “These Are The Ten Most Dangerous Cities in California.” It’s from October of 2015, and Eureka isn’t even on that list.
Now, we aren’t going to claim that Eureka isn’t dangerous. We’re just going to point out that the FBI says these ranked lists made from their data are misleading.
Why do stories resurface on the internet months or years after they’ve lost their relevance? We may never know. But remember, don’t trust everything you read on the internet and check your freakin’ dates.