MODESTO, Calif. — Between the four types of thefts investigated by the Modesto Police Department, the city saw a decrease of 835 total theft crimes in 2018.

Sharon Bear, spokeswoman for the Modesto Police Department, said the total number of theft crimes in 2018 was 8,149, with larceny thefts seeing the most criminal activity.

  • Robbery - 420
  • Burglary - 1,111
  • Larceny - 5,420
  • Car theft - 1,198

When looking at reports for the previous five years, there's been a decrease in total theft crimes. However, the amount of total theft crime spiked in 2015 by 11 percent from the previous year. This was then followed by three years of declining numbers of theft crimes. The number of theft crimes is now down 14 percent from where it was in 2014.

Bear said that the definitions for the four types of theft that the Modesto Police Department uses are:

  • Robbery: This is the only type of theft that is considered a violent crime; the rest are considered property crimes. This is when a person steals from another person using force or the threat of force.
  • Burglary: Whenever someone steals something from inside another person's property.
  • Larceny: This type of theft includes all forms of petty theft and grand theft. This includes when someone steals a bike from the street, an item from a store or a package from a house.
  • Car theft: In police records, this kind of theft is referred to as motor-vehicle theft. This is only when a thief steals a person's car. If a person steals items from the car, then that type of theft would be burglary.
Modesto Police Department: Number of Theft Cases from 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018
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Bear said that the department recommends people keep their homes and vehicles locked up and keep valuables out of sight to help prevent theft.

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