CHICAGO (CBS) — New numbers released by the Chicago Police Department show a big drop in violent crimes across the city.

This March had 17 percent fewer shootings than March 2017.

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Overall since the beginning of the year, shootings are down 25 percent from this time last year.

According to Chicago Police,  murders are down 22 percent.

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And total citywide crime is down 15 percent this year.

The department says 1,900 guns have been taken off the streets.

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Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson released a statement that says in part “our work is far from over. We will continue our hiring plan and identify ways we can integrate technology into the crime fight.”