According to the Chicago Tribune, the 49 homicides reported in Chicago in July were six fewer than the same month last year and marked an 11 percent decline.
The month was Chicago's third-least deadly July since 1987, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said that the city's declining homicide rate in July is a sign that the city's strategies to combat crime and target gang violence are working. But McCarthy admits that much work lies ahead.
"Great strides have been made toward realizing this goal, even as a unique gang problem has challenged our mission and dedicated efforts," McCarthy wrote to Ald. James Balcer (11th), according to CBS Chicago, about the recent numbers. "We are encouraged by improving benchmarks, but will not rest until we see drops that bring a high level of safety and quality of life to all areas of the city."
The city's homicide rate in 2012 remains 26.7 percent higher than last year through the end of July, the Tribune reports.