ANTIOCH -- Statistics released by the police department last week show that violent and property crimes committed here are down for the first half of 2013.

Police Chief Allan Cantando and city leaders lauded the report as good news but acknowledged much work must still be done to boost public safety.

Increased residential involvement in watching for suspicious activity, volunteering and starting Neighborhood Watch programs are some of the reasons officials identified for the dip in crime.

Violent and property crimes were down during the first quarter of 2013 as well, though Cantando points out that 2012 had a higher number of crime than years past.

Here are the total number of crimes in Antioch for January through June 2013, compared with the first six months of 2012.

Type of Crime 2012 2013 Percentage change

Homicide 4 7 70

Rape 16 6 -62.5

Robbery 175 177 1.1

Aggravated Assault 322 307 -3.9

Burglary 889 721 -18.9

Theft 1023 892 -12.8

Auto Theft 575 458 -20.3

Total Crime 3004 2568 -14.5

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