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Most offenses drop by double digits this year
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Manteca crime through the first seven months of 2017  — except for two categories — is down significantly from the same period last year.
The downward trend that includes all burglaries dropping 17.11 percent, all felonies falling 13.86 percent, all misdemeanors retreating 21.8 percent and all miscellaneous offenses involving narcotics alcohol, domestic violence, and fraud experiencing double digit drops.
The downward trend comes after serious crime was essentially flat in 2016.
Serious crime per 1,000 — the yardstick the FBI uses to provide apple to apple crime comparison on an annual basis — was down ever so slightly in Manteca last year.
Part One crime offenses — 12 felonies that run the gamut from murder and assault to burglary and robbery — was at 2,032 in raw numbers for 2016 compared to 2,004 in 2015. Given that Manteca grew by 1,000 residents last year the serious crime per 1,000 was at 36.909 per 1,000 in 2016 down ever so slightly from 36.926 per 1,000 in 2015.
In essence serious crime per 1,000 did not change.
Serious crime per 1,000 residents has been on a downward path since 2005 when the rate was 40.72 Part 1 crimes per 1,000 residents. Manteca had 61,809 residents in 2005 compared to 75,000 in 2016.
Half of the Part 1 categories involving felonies were up last year and half were down.
All burglaries were up in raw numbers for the second straight year climbing 8.63 percent after jumping 21.58 percent in 2015. The overall burglaries — auto, residential, commercial, and others — came to a combined 869 in 2016 and 800 in 2015. That compares to 1,146 in 2007 the farthest back the Bulletin has tracked every category of crime reported by the Manteca Police Department.
Burglaries so far this year are at 465  down from the same period in 2016.
Crime trends in Manteca this year through July 31 compared to the same seven months of 2016 show that:
Rape and unlawful intercourse is down 60.87 percent going from 23 to 9.
Robbery is down 11.29 percent going from 62 to 55.
Commercial burglary is down 10.14 percent going from 69 to 62.
Residential burglary is down 3.64 percent going from 110 to 106.
Other burglary is down 51.61 percent going from 31 to 15.
Auto burglary is down 19.66 percent going from 351 to 282.
Grand theft is down 14.29 percent going from 91 to 78.
Vehicle theft is down 15.49 percent going from 213 to 198.
Arson is down 11.11 percent going from 9 to 8.
All other felonies are down 9.92 percent going from 252 to 227.
Misdemeanor thefts are down 45.31 percent going from 810 to 443.
All other misdemeanor thefts are down 6.56 percent going from 1,250 to 1,168.
Fraud and forgery is down 34.33 percent going from 268 to 176.
Domestic violence is down 3.32 percent going from 211 to 204.
Two felony categories have increased.
uHomicide is up 200  percent going from 1 to 3.
uAggravated assault is up 23.53 percent going from 55 to 62.
Those two categories tend to be impacted significantly by gang activity as well as more serious crimes tied into drugs.

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