Antioch Violent Crime Down 9.2 Percent in 2015 says Police Chief

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Antioch Police Chief Allan Cantando reported Tuesday night that Part 1 Crime in Antioch has been reduced by 7.1% percent while arrests are up by 15 percent in 2015 when compared to 2014.

According to the statistics, which compared the years 2015 vs. 2014, the city had 7 homicides last year when compared to 9 in 2014. The city also had 40 less robbery cases (down 12.5%) and 35 less aggravated assaults (down 7.5%) when compared to last year.  Overall, violent crime is down 9.2 percent.

Adult arrests saw in increase of 20.6 percent (an increase of 737 arrests) while juvenile arrests were decreased by 11.4 percent (655 less arrests).

During its proactive details in 2015, the Antioch Police held 71 operations netting 253 cases with 323 people arrested with 17 guns seized and 1,476 enforcement contacts with 308 citations.

Although Part 1 Crime was down, the Police Department overall had an increase in Calls for Service by 3.9 percent when compared to this time last year (an increase of 3,100 calls, or 8.49 calls per day). They have received 83,517 calls for service with 8,124being Priority 1 calls. Another 39,116 were listed as Priority 2.

Police response times have dropped from 10:36 minutes in 2014 to 10:06 seconds in 2015.

The K9 unit had 139 arrests with 21 physical apprehensions.

According to the data, the Police Department has seen an overall 2.7% reduction in its traffic calls for service, however, they have seen an increase of 14.7 percent in traffic accidents with injuries (288-total). Non-injury accidents were down nearly 14 percent (1,230-total). Antioch has also had traffic fatalities double from 3 in 2014 to 6 in 2015. DUI’s have also increased by 3% to 203 total.

Antioch Mayor Wade Harper stated he was pleased that crime was down. He was then quick to point out that anytime they say crime is down people or the media will say otherwise but the city is just putting out the statistics.

Councilwoman Monica Wilson asked how can crime be down if arrests are up.

Chief-Allan-CantandoChief Cantando replied that you have to use the numbers.

“In 2014 if you have 10 burglaries, of those burglaries, you arrested 5 people. In 2015, you have 10 burglaries, but you had 8 arrest. Crime did not go up or down but you arrested more people,” explained Cantando.

Councilman Tony Tiscareno stated he was glad to hear crime is being reduced and really appreciated the traffic division coming back. He asked about crime suppression and if it can be expanded.

Cantando highlighted we they will continue to work crime suppression details but could not expand it due to budget and staffing but instead trying to focus on different things and not only violent crime.

Staffing

Chief Cantando noted that the police department has hired a total of 33 officers since 11/1/2013 – 1/5/2016. He noted that they have had 24 total number of separations including 14 retirements, 6 resignations and 4 terminations.

In total, Antioch Police have a net staffing level change of 9 after more than 1,216 applicants.

  • 102 Authorized Sworn positions including the Chief
  • 92 Full-time positions are filled
  • 2 Recruits are in the academy are set to graduate in March 18, 2016
  • 4 recruits began the academy on January 11, 2016.

Chief Cantando noted the department has had 391 applications with 56 candidates invited to oral boards with 23 placed on the eligibility list

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7 COMMENTS

    • Ray, exactly. Antioch already demonstrates that it’s a microcosm example of the rest of this country’s police state: first you eliminate transparency (encrypted radios) and then you tell the public that crime is down, all is safe, and all control is in their hands (this article).

      The authorities treat the general Public how modern parents treat their children: censor the truth and then spoonfeed them lies. How would the People view their leaders if crime rates were up despite all their petty laws, stipulations, and regulations? They HAVE to say it’s down for their own sake…
      Welcome to the United Police State of America, where They know what’s best for You.

  1. If crime is down why are honest, hard working citizens leaving that crime infested ghetto as fast as the moving trucks can get them out of town?

    APD does the best they can trying to make arrests but Antioch has been overrun by so many thugs and hoodrats from Oakland & Richmond that the city will NEVER recover.

    If you still live in Antioch you do so at your own risk of being burglarized, robbed, or murdered at a much higher rate than Pittsburg, Brentwood, or Oakley combined. If the opportunity presents itself, get the heck out of that “Wild West” city!

    We left four years ago and feel safer and happier than we had in years.

  2. Antioch and Pittsburg have always had (and always will have) high crime rates. I’ve never lived in either, but it’s the two towns to avoid in East County if you’re concerned about crime. You can’t have cheaper housing and low crime rates too. You get what you pay for.

    If you want nicer housing in East County, live in Discovery Bay, Oakley or Brentwood. Oakley has the lowest crime rate between Oakley and Brentwood. Not sure about Discovery Bay.

  3. WHY … WE CANT DEBATE THIS ISSUE … THEY BLOCKED US FROM SCANNERS TO HEAR CALLS AND CRIMES HAPPENING SO HOW WE BE ABLE TO TELL…. LOWEST WOW REALLY … I THINK NOT CITY OF ANTIOCH…

  4. Part I crime 4683 and arrests 4957 out of a population of about 106,000 is nothing to be proud of. Consider this too – over 20,000 calls are made for police services a year. Taken into account repeat calls from the same resident, a good guess estimated 10% of Antioch is crying for help. We all know the solution to this problem but do not have the heart to pull it off.

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