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Auto burglaries up almost 50% in Manteca

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POSTED July 26, 2013 1:54 a.m.

All types of burglaries from residential to auto are up 28.8 percent in Manteca during the first six months of the year.

At the same time, Manteca Police have made inroads on physical crimes against people with robberies dropping 10 percent and aggravated assault — primarily gang violence — down 18 percent.

Crime statistics compiled by the Manteca Police Department from January to June shows vehicle theft has been slowed down jumping less than 1 percent from last year’s level with 177 vehicles stolen during the first six months of 2012 compared to 178 during the same period this year.

The biggest felony in Manteca in terms of both volume and percentage increase are auto burglaries. There have been 239 so far this year compared to 160 during the same time period in 2012 for an increase of 49.38 percent.

Police repeatedly emphasize criminals are primarily hitting easy targets. That typically means that items that appear to be valuable are left in clear sight or cars are parked in darker locations. In a few cases doors were left unlocked. It isn’t usual for a criminal to break out a window that can cost $200 plus to replace thinking they are going after an expensive item only to retrieve an item left in clear view that ended up being relatively worthless.

If there is a silver lining the actual value of property stolen has only gone up 6.02 percent from $2,216,206 to $2,349,685. Manteca Police has also increased its success at recovering stolen property with the overall value up 55.02 percent going from $664,333 to $1,029,872.

Other felonies that are up during the first six months of 2011 compared to the same January-June period of this year are:

• Residential burglaries going from 127 to 173.

• Other burglaries going from 17 to 23.

• Grand theft going from 65 to 87.

• Arson going from 12 to 16.

Those felonies that have dropped for the same time frame in each year are.

• Commercial burglaries going from 83 to 63.

• Aggravated assault going from 55 to 45.

• Robbery going from 40 to 36.

• Rape going from 10 to 6.

There were no murders during the first six months of either year within the city limits.

Misdemeanor thefts have jumped 22.43 percent going from 526 to 644.

Fraud and forgery has jumped 42.64 percent going from 129 to 184.

Alcohol offenses numbered 280 in the first six months of this year compared to 231 in 2012. Narcotic offenses have dropped from 163 to 140 during the same time frame.

Domestic violence cases have fallen 12.78 percent from 180 to 157.

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