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CINCINNATI - While homicides in Cincinnati have increased 50 percent in 2013, several areas of the city have seen a decrease in violent deaths.

One such area is District 4, where homicides have fallen during the early portion of 2013, according to a report from the Cincinnati Police Department .

There were seven homicides reported in the district from the Jan. 1, 2012 through April 2012. Only four homicides have occurred through that same period in 2013.

In fact, crime overall is down in the communities over the past few months in Mount Auburn, Corryville, Walnut Hills, Avondale, North Avondale, Paddock Hills, Bond Hill, Roselawn, Carthage and Hartwell.

In addition to there being no homicides in the district in April, other reported violent crimes like rape (down 20 percent) and aggravated assaults (down 6 percent) are also down, according to crime report.

Avondale Community Councilman Fulton Jefferson Jr. believes police work combined with community action is the reason behind the deduction in crime in the area.

"More people are paying attention and more people are starting to listen to some of the things that we're talking about," Jefferson said.

While those numbers are encouraging overall, some residents of the community feel community leaders and police still have work to do to make the community safer.  

Adriane Warren, who is active in the Bond Hill community, said that while she can't argue with the statistics, she doesn't necessarily notice a drop in crime.

There was a 45 percent increase in robberies in April and while there haven't been as many murders this year, people in the district believer there are too many guns in the streets.

Jefferson and other members of the community are attempting to find ways to engage young people to help make sure they have constructive things to keep them out of trouble.

On Saturday, the community held Avondale Youth Day, which included a series of events, programs and opportunities to engage children, teens and young adults in a constructive way.

"If we continue with more education again like the Avondale Youth Summit and other things we have in the community, maybe these stats will go down some more."

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