I live in a good area - nice neighborhood. Lately, we have been hearing of car theft as well as homes being broken into. The Shasta County Sherriff just busted a chop shop in the area on Friday. All the people knew what was going on there; took the sheriff too long to actually make some arrests.
Our problem is we do not have adequate law enforcement. Our city police are under-staffed as well as the county PLUS our jail is crowded. We need more beds. California has decriminalized many former felonies, so what happens, are they arrest them, and then they go back on to the street. Most of them never see a day in court.
Crime is UP in my county. Honestly, I don't notice it too much, like the locals because I grew up in the crowded San Francisco bay area. There's crime there all the time - it's part of living in an urban area.
One time my husband was walking our dog in an industrial area next to the SF Bay and he witnessed someone getting killed in the back of a car. Thank GOD, they did not see him as he sheltered himself and our dog behind a building and some bushes. They dragged the dead guy out of the car, stuffed him in the trunk of another vehicle and drove off, probably to be fitted for cement shoes and a swim in the bay. After the coast was clear, he ran over to a car auction place and called the police. They came out and sure enough, there were empty gun shells and blood. Police told my husband, that he was more than fortunate they did not see him. We never heard anything more about it - not even in the newspaper because as the police said,
" you'd be surprised how much this happens."
We had no idea! Street smarts are something you have to have, living in an urban area. You also cannot be afraid. I refused to live in fear. I just knew where to go; what to look for etc. NEVER had an issue.
So when we moved up here and the locals started saying how bad it was - it was coming from their own perspective. They never used to have to lock their vehicles or their homes. They could go out at night and no problems. Back then, there was not an opiate epidemic as there is now; in urban and rural areas of California. Comes to reason, they have to steal to get their drugs.
So the husband is diligent in locking everything up - we park our van in my newly clean and organized garage and if and when we get a 2nd vehicle, we'll park it where we used to park our 34-foot motorhome; behind a locked security gate.
I still like it here - When I am out driving around, it feels like I am on vacation. I can't get over the natural beauty that is here. It would have to get real bad for me to consider leaving.