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15-month crime drop in Manteca
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Manteca’s crime rate dropped for the 15th consecutive month in May although gang violence continues to push the number of aggravated assaults upward.

Ten of the 12 overall categories of felonies dropped 16.63 percent compared to May of 2009. The two exceptions were other burglaries they were up 200 percent going from four to 12 and aggravated assault up 121.05 percent going from 49 to 60.

Auto theft is a prime example of Manteca’s continuing dropping crime rate of the 11 so- called Part One Crimes that are serious felonies that the FBI uses as a measuring stick to determine, local, state, and national crime rates. It was down 19.83 percent through May of this year with 97 vehicles stolen compared to 121 during the same time period in 2009.

At the peak of the auto theft frenzy in Manteca, about 25 percent of all cars taken were either left with keys in the ignition or with engines running and unattended. It wasn’t unusual in 2004 for at least once a month for police to get a report of a car being stolen by someone who started it up to warm the engine and then went inside for a cup of coffee. What makes it ironic is post 1990 vehicle engineering plus Manteca’s mild weather makes warming up a vehicle superfluous.

Manteca Police have been able to drastically reduce easy car thefts through residents cooperating and not leaving keys in their cars or engines running as much as they once did.

Observant citizens are also a big help. Several burglary suspects have been caught recently because residents paid attention to the daily routine in their neighborhoods and were quick to report something amiss.

The drop in various categories of felonies from the first five months of 2009 compared to the first five months of 2009 is as follows:
•Residential burglaries down 17.99 percent from 133 to 110.
•Vehicle theft down 19.83 percent from 121 to 97.
•Arson down 60 percent from 5 to 2.
•Auto burglary down 21.68 percent from 226 to 77
•Commercial burglary down 23.3 percent from 60 to 46.
•Grand theft down 14.29 percent from 91 to 78.
•Robbery down 38.46 percent from 39 to 24.
•Rape or unlawful intercourse down 2.94 percent from 17 to 8.
•All other felonies down 16.28 percent from 258 to 216.
The felony crime categories that went up during the same time period are as follows:
•Aggravated assault up 121.05 percent from 19 to 42.
•Other burglary up 200 percent from 4 to 12.

Misdemeanor thefts are also down 4.47 percent in the five-month comparisons going from 246 in 2009 to 235 in 2010.

All other misdemeanors are off 26.31 percent (1,315 down to 969). Altogether misdemeanor crimes have dropped off 22.87 percent in Manteca.

Other Manteca crimes in the first five months of 2010 compared to the same period in 2009 are as follows:
•Narcotic offenses are down 43.62 percent from 243 to 137.
•Alcohol offenses are down 5.94 percent from 286 to 269.
•Fraud and forgery are down 25.71 percent from 175 to 130.
•Code enforcement violations are down 11.11 percent from 18 to 16.
•Domestic violence is up 0.68 percent going from 147 to 148.