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Gun violence in Chicago has declined for 13 months in a row

Gun violence in Chicago has decreased for 13 months straight, newly published data from the Chicago Police Department (CPD) reveals. There were 17 percent fewer shootings in March 2018 than March 2017, and murders are down 25 percent over the same period. Overall crime is down 15 percent.

"The progress we have seen in the first quarter of the year is a direct result of the hard work of our officers and the investments we have made to make CPD a better agency for everyone," said CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson.

Crime rates, including violent crimes, have fallen dramatically over the past three decades, but most Americans incorrectly believe the country has become more dangerous.