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.READ MORE: Police, CPS Increase School Safety Measures After Shootings Kill 2 Simeon Career Academy Students, Social Media Threats Appear Directed At Simeon And Other Schools
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.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Warm Winds Friday
And total citywide crime is down 15 percent this year.
The department says 1,900 guns have been taken off the streets.MORE NEWS: Search On For Dog Groomer Transportation Van That Was Stolen With 3 Dogs Inside In Lakeview
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.”