Antioch's crime rate continues to increase.

Statistics released by Antioch Police last week show a 44 percent increase in property and violent crimes from January to September 2012 compared with the year before. Arrests are down 17 percent in the same time period.

Police mainly attribute the numbers to decreased department staffing.

Here are the number of crimes for the first nine months in Antioch in 2010 and 2011 compared with 2012. Arson cases are not included in the total crime tally.

Type of Crime 2010 2011 2012

Homicide 7 4 5

Rape 23 18 24

Robbery 256 206 257

Aggravated Assault 393 341 498

Burglary 795 919 1277

Theft 845 900 1458

Auto Theft 646 642 844

Arson 33 36 32

Total Crime 2965 3030 3579

Total Arrests 3823 3443 2850

Despite the numbers, police say that residential participation as volunteers or neighborhood watch, social media and reporting crime tips are helping.

Volunteers have provided about 7,860 hours of service, which is valued at just over $183,000.

Police have also solved two cases since September by putting case profiles on its Facebook page and asking for the public's help.

Community interest in supporting police financially led the department to create a PayPal account online earlier this year. People can donate to the department program of their choice, including the Police Activities League, Explorers Program, Canine Unit, SWAT team and Volunteers in Police Services.


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Donations are tax-deductible.

Antioch Police invite people to "Like" their Facebook page; www.facebook.com/antiochpolice, follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/antiochpolice or text them with crime tips by texting CRIMES (274637) and entering in the keyword Antioch.

People can also call the department's investigations line at 925-779-6927.

Contact Paul Burgarino at 925-779-7164. Follow him at Twitter.com/paulburgarino.