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Felony crimes drop 15.45% in Manteca
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Six of the 11 felony crimes that the FBI uses to determine the safety of a community continue to sustain double digit drops in Manteca.

Overall felonies were down 15.45 percent and total burglaries off 24.79 percent in the first 10 months of 2009 compared to the same period in 2008 based on the October 2009 crime statistics report released Thursday by the Manteca Police Department.

There were 1,833 Part One Crime reports – the most serious crimes as identified by the FBI – from January through October in 2009 compared to 2,168 for the same 10-month stretch in 2008. October to October figures show 290 felonies committed in 2009 compared to 165 in October 2008. The year to date drop off is 15.45 percent while the October to October trend shows felony crime dropping 21.53 percent.

The drop in various categories of felonies from the first 10 months of 2009 compared to the first 10 months of 2008 is as follows:

•Residential burglaries down 11.51 percent from 252 to 223.

•Auto burglary down 31.83 percent from 575 to 392.

•Commercial burglary down 13.91 percent from 115 to 99.

•Aggravated assault down 41.79 percent from 67 to 39.

•Grand theft down 35.40 percent from 274 to 177.

•Other burglary down 50.00 percent from 22 to 11.

•All other felonies down 3.43 percent from 496 to 479.

The felony crime categories that went up during the same time period are as follows:

•Vehicle theft up 6.14 percent from 277 to 294.
•Arson up 100 percent from 7 to 14.

•Robbery up 21.88 percent from 64 to 78.

•Rape or unlawful intercourse up 31.58 percent from 19 to 25.

There were two murders committed in 2009 compared to none in 2008. In both cases, the victims knew the individuals accused of killing them.

Police Chief Dave Bricker has repeatedly attributed the drop-off in crime to dedicated and committed officers as well as a community that won’t tolerate crime and will call and cooperate with police when necessary. Bricker added efforts of officers to target repeat offenders has been very effective in getting habitual criminals off Manteca’s streets.

Misdemeanor thefts are also down 18.3 percent in the 10-month comparisons going from 610 in 2008 to 500 in 2009.

All other misdemeanors are off 9.88 percent (2,762 down to 2,489). Altogether misdemeanor crimes have dropped off 11.36 percent in Manteca.

Other Manteca crimes in the first 10 months of 2009 compared to the same period in 2010 are as follows:

•Narcotic offenses are down 24.71 percent from 518 to 390.

•Alcohol offenses are down 8.36 percent from 610 to 559.

•Fraud and forgery are down 2.38 percent from 336 to 328.

•Domestic violence is up 0.33 percent from 306 to 307.

•Code enforcement violations are up 16.67 percent from 24 to 28.