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Crime continues going down in Manteca

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POSTED February 23, 2010 1:47 a.m.
Manteca’s crime rate has dropped for the 21st consecutive month.

Overall felonies were down 19.53 percent in November of 2009 compared to November 2008. At the same time the first 11 months of 2009 saw crime fall 15.82 percent compared to the same time period in 2008.

The felonies are 12 crimes that the FBI has dubbed as “Part One Crime Offenses” that are used to determine the relative safety of a community. Seven of the 12 Part One crimes dropped in year-to-year comparisons while eight of 12 fell in October to October comparisons.

There were 2,006 Part One Crime reports – the most serious crimes as identified by the FBI – from January through November in 2009 compared to 2,383 for the same 11-month stretch in 2008. November to November figures show 215 felonies committed in 2009 compared to 173 in November 2008.

The drop of in various categories of felonies from the first 11 months of 2009 compared to the first 11 months of 2008 is as follows:

•Residential burglaries down 11.55 percent from 277 to 245.

•Auto burglary down 33.60 percent from 631 to 419.

•Commercial burglary down 15.38 percent from 130 to 110.

•Aggravated assault down 35.62 percent from 73 to 43.

•Grand theft down 34.24 percent from 295 to 194.

•Other burglary down 54.17 percent from 24 to 11.

•All other felonies down 4.93 percent from 548 to 521.
The felony crime categories that went up during the same time period are as follows:

•Vehicle theft up 10.70 percent from 299 to 331.

•Arson up 112.5 percent from 8 to 17.

•Robbery up 9.46 percent from 74 to 81.

•Rape or unlawful intercourse up  16.67 percent from 24 to 28.

There were two murders committed in 2009 compared to none in 2008. In both cases, the victims knew the individuals accused of killing them.

Police Chief Dave Bricker has repeatedly attributed the drop-off in crime to dedicated and committed officers as well as a community that won’t tolerate crime and will call and cooperate with police when necessary. Bricker added efforts of officers to target repeat offenders has been very effective in getting habitual criminals off Manteca’s streets.

Misdemeanor thefts are also down 20.91 percent in the 11-month comparisons going from 684 in 2008 to 541 in 2009.

All other misdemeanors are off 21.11 percent (3,050 down to 2,681). Altogether misdemeanor crimes have dropped off 13.71 percent in Manteca.

Other Manteca crimes in the first 11 months of 2009 compared to the same period in 2010 are as follows:

•Narcotic offenses are down 26.69 percent from 577 to 423.

•Alcohol offenses are down 10.80 percent from 685 to 611.

•Fraud and forgery are down 5.90 percent from 373 to 351.

•Domestic violence is up 1.19  percent from 335 to 339.

•Code enforcement violations are up 23.08 percent from 26 to 32.
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