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Manteca home burglaries up 41.79 percent

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POSTED April 18, 2013 1:34 a.m.

The number of residential burglaries continued to climb in Manteca during March.

Year-to-date home burglaries in the first three months of this year compared to January, February and March in 2012 were up 41.79 percent. That reflects 95 burglaries committed this year compared to 67 for the same three months in 2012. There were 37 residential burglaries in Manteca during March compared to 23 in March 2012.  That helped accelerate the upward increase that was at 31.82 percent in year-to-year comparisons in February.

If the pace continues Manteca could reach 367 residential burglaries by year’s end. To put that in perspective there were 320 home burglaries in 2011 - the previous record high in Manteca. Residential burglaries dropped off to 259 in 2012. They were at 238 in 2008, 278 in 2009, and 236 in 2010.

Manteca Police statistics show the department continues to enjoy success combating the most violent crimes such as aggravated assaults that are most often gang-related shootings. They are down 33.3 percent in year-to year comparisons with 27 so far in 2013 compared to 18 last year. The numbers have been trending downward since Manteca restored its gang unit last summer.

Manteca is now in its 22nd month without a homicide.

Grand theft in year-to -year comparisons is up 96 percent going from 25 to 49, vehicle theft is up 22.78 percent going from 79 to 97 and vehicle burglary is up 5.19 percent going from 135 to 142. Auto burglary is by far the biggest felony crime in Manteca in terms of the number of overall incidents.

Misdemeanor thefts are up 50.45 percent going from 224 during the first three months of 2012 to 337 during the same period this year. These typically involve items stolen from yards and such.

Police have noted most burglaries are crimes of opportunity where victims unwittingly leave things in clear view in vehicles. Vehicle thefts are another area where people inadvertently help criminals. More than 20 percent of all vehicle thefts in Manteca involve drivers leaving the vehicle unattended with the engine running or leaving keys in their car.

Residents will often leave their garage doors up for prolonged periods giving criminals the chance to see if there is anything they want to steal.

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