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As a citizen of Humboldt County and as a business owner in Eureka I have witnessed homelessness for some time now.

This reality just recently became personal when we had a break-in burglary in our office downtown.

I understand that the person that broke into our office is a human being and I understand the fundamental respect for life, but this time it become personal and up-close!

When you finally get ripped off it becomes personal. It’s not fun and results in real loss.

I was surprised at the investigator’s response and perspective. He said that California has a “criminal utopia.”

Meaning that, our legislature has made it virtually non-punitive to go and burglarize both business and residences.

This guy would get away scot-free even if we were to identify him with the District Attorney’s Office! (Not OK with that!)

When the officer told me there’s really nothing we can do other than security measures and that the likelihood of prosecution is minuscule.

I realized that it’s up to me to execute great security for my business and my home.

In other words, no one prosecutes these crimes under the current law. Our Legislature has let us down, to say the least! Where to start?

I discovered that it’s up to me to secure my home, my building, my car, and my family.

The shift has tilted toward my actions and not to rely on the current California Legislature in Sacramento to help me.

It’s up to us to eradicate and reduce crime and Humboldt County. Take action today — here’s how:

1. Secure your home and your stuff. Re-key all your locks — surprisingly affordable!

2. Have cameras. The Ring camera available at Costco and Amazon is an excellent way to start.

This way you get live notifications on your phone of what’s happening on your property.

So even if you’re not there or you can enact security protocol from a distance.

3. Actually lock everything — home, autos, vehicles, outbuildings, etc, tight. All the time. Enough said.

4. Please have an alarm company monitor your facility or home. They go directly to law enforcement!

4. Don’t have cash on hand. Crooks know that money is king — therefore, remove the king!

5. Go and start a neighborhood watch. Easy to do and easy to execute once you have it up and running.

6. Really get political, get active! Write letters, get involved, speak up and engage on Facebook with a neighborhood watch and other groups.

7. Most important: Do not tolerate the status quo of crime. California is the laughingstock of the nation.

We have tolerated criminals and criminal activity for way too long and now it’s become the norm.

We need to reset our paradigm and get busy helping law enforcement do their jobs.

Use your influence to bring all of this to attention to those in power.

8. Please stop supporting the junkies, their habit, and the junkie mindset. We need to stop giving away needles and stop normalizing felony drug abuse.

It’s not the norm, nor can it become the norm!

Protest and get active against the crazy that is out there in both politics and culture regarding felony drug abuse. When’s last time you found a needle?

Crime in Humboldt County is no easy task and it will require way more than just money — it requires ALL OF US WORKING TOGETHER!

It will require time and a concerted effort by all of us to say no and to stop the tide of crime that has now invaded our culture and community for years.

We must undo what has been done and take ground for what is right, for what is ours, and what will be our kids one day!

Call me if I can help.

Scott Hammond can be reached at 707-444-2504. He’s an award-winning professional speaker and has been recognized as a business consultant/coach with 30 years of marketing experience. A published author, columnist, and writer of the “Every Day Dad: The Guide to Becoming a Better Father,” he resides in McKinleyville with Joni, his wife of 28 years, and three of their nine kids.

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