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Burglaries down 7.63% during 2012 in Manteca

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POSTED February 7, 2013 1:03 a.m.

Burglaries dropped 7.63 percent in Manteca during 2012.

That translated into $1,298,920 less in stolen property last year compared to 2011 when thieves took items from individuals and businesses valued collectively at $5,890,608.

Of the $4,591,788 worth of property stolen in 2012, police recovered $1,526,769 or 33.25 percent of what was taken in terms of value.

There were 3.02 burglaries on average each day in 2012 and 1,101 for the entire year.

Aggravated assaults - which had been trending toward a 70 percent increase in June - were up only 15.63 percent with 111 incidents in 2012 compared to 96 in 2011.

Police Chief Nick Obligacion said that is a direct result of the four-man gang unit being restored in July. The chief said such specialty units can target habitual criminals. In previous years when the city has specialized enforcement units in place they were able to go after what police have said in the past are “10 percent of the criminals that commit 90 percent of the crimes.

Budget cuts forced the elimination of specialized units. The financial situation forced Manteca to concentrate on making sure day-to-day patrol presence was maintained. The gang unit was restored last summer by the City Council using funds paid into a public safety endowment fund established by developers.

Overall Part One Crimes used by the FBI to determine the relative safety of communities went up 6.62 percent in 2012. That is roughly half the 12.90 increase in 2011. Manteca had experienced several years of declining Part One felonies but that ended in 2010 when those crimes dropped the last time by 13.43 percent.

Based on just numbers, the 2,115 felonies in Manteca in 2002 was still lower than the 2,188 similar crimes committed in Manteca in 2009.

In terms of deadly crimes, it was the first time in years that there were no homicides in the city. That follows 2011 when a near record five people were killed. Typically Manteca has one or two murderers a year. Almost all homicides were cases where the victims knew the killed o the alleged murderer.

The categories of felonies that increased from 2011 to 2012 were:

• Robbery going from 53 to 83.

• Rape or unlawful intercourse going from 12 to 20.

• Aggravated assault going from 96 to 111.

• Other burglaries going from 21 to 32.

• Vehicle theft going from 270 to 384.

• Arson going from 19 to 20.

• All other felonies going from 422 to 491.

The categories of felonies that dropped from 2011 to 2012 were:

• Commercial burglary down from 171 to 161.

• Residential burglary down from 320 to 259.

• Auto burglary down from 589 to 562.

• Grand theft down from 137 to 129.

Misdemeanor thefts shot up 33.56 percent going from 864 in 2011 to 1,154 last year.

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