Less gun violence in Chicago throughout 2017

CHICAGO (AP) – Chicago police say there was less gun violence in the city in 2017 compared to the year prior. However, the total number of homicides still topped the 600 mark for the second time in more than a decade.

The number of homicides fell from 771 in 2016 to 650 in 2017. The number of shooting related incidents dropped from 3,550 to 2,785 for the same period.

The department says that this drop is partially due to an expansion of technology that enables police to pinpoint where shots have been fired and quickly dispatch officers to the crime scene.

Police say they’re optimistic that the planned expansion of such crime-fighting technology will help bring down the numbers even more in 2018.