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Mantecas crime rate continues to drop
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Burglaries dropped 42 percent in Manteca during August as the city continued to benefit from a steady drop in the crime rate.

All felonies were down 26.6 percent in year to year comparisons between August 2008 and August 2009. For the first eight months of 2009 felonies were down 14.45 percent compared to the same period in 2008 while burglaries dropped 26.11 percent.

It continues a trend that started in 2008 after Manteca was able to expand its police force with Measure M sales tax revenue. The budget crisis last month ended up reducing the number of sworn officers from 72 to 60. Of the remaining officers, 11 are funded with the Measure M half cent sales tax and two from the public safety endowment fund established by developers.

There were 169 Part One Crime reports – the most serious crimes as identified by the FBI – in August of this year compared to 213 in August of 2008.

There were three upswings in crime rates – including auto thefts. After years of declining, vehicle thefts were up 4.17 percent in August with 25 vehicles stolen compared to 24 in August of 2008. Vehicle thefts are now 4.44 percent ahead of the first eight months of 2009 with 235 cars stolen this year compared to 225 last year. That is still significantly below 2005 when vehicle thefts reached a record 720 in Manteca.

The drop off in various categories of felonies from August 2008 to August 2009 is as follows:

•Residential burglaries down 13.04 percent from 23 to 20.

•Auto burglaries down 58.44 percent from 77 to 32.

•Other burglaries were unchanged with 2 each month.

•Aggravated assault down 42.86 percent from 7 to 4.

•Robberies down 57.14 percent from 7 to 3.

The felonies that did increase from August to August were;

•Commercial burglaries up 28.57 percent from 7 to 0.

•Other felonies up 42.86 percent from 42 to 60.

•Vehicle thefts up 4.7 percent from 24 to 25.

Overall, felonies are down 20.66 percent from August to August while misdemeanor offenses went from 320 to 275 for a 5.42 percent drop.