March marked the 13th consecutive month of declining gun violence, the Chicago Police Department said. Shootings dipped 17% and murders dropped 25% compared to March 2017, figures show.
Year-to-date, murders dipped 22% and shootings dropped 25% compared to the same period in 2017, Chicago police said.
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said the city still has a long way to go to curb gun violence despite the steady progress.
"We are making progress and certainly it's not cause for celebration," Johnson said. "But when you look at it you do have to acknowledge progress."
"It's a marathon, not a sprint," Johnson said. "As long as we keep trending the way we are and we keep developing these relationships and partnerships and continue to invest in our police department, then we'll see the gains that we're looking for."
Chicago police attributed the recent declines to the hiring of more officers, stronger community policing efforts and investments in technology, such as gunshot detection systems and predictive crime software to help deploy officers. The technology has been rolled out in nearly half of Chicago police districts, police said.
"There are still way, way, way too many people being shot and being killed in the city," he said. "The progress is real and it's very important people realize that. It's incremental, though, and we've still got a long way to go."
Kapustin said it's important police continue to make breakthroughs in more neighborhoods and don't lose the gains they have made in specific areas.
Year-to-date, Chicago police have recovered more than 1,900 guns, which is up 3% over last year, according to the department.
"I think gun recovery numbers are also very important. They're a good predictor of what sort of year we're going to have, I think, because the violence that we're seeing is gun violence, period," Kapustin said.
He said the department will also try to re-establish community partnerships in the coming months.
"CPD can't do this alone, so we need those community partners to help us continue the crime reduction," Johnson said.
Chicago isn't the only city to see recent crime reductions.