Fast Response to ‘Crimes in Progress’ Is Key to a 20.6% Decrease in Gun Incidents
SST has just released our National Gunfire Index which revealed that gunfire incidents during the first half of 2014 were down by 20.6 percent, compared to first half of 2013, in the 31 cities across the U.S. where ShotSpotter was deployed during both periods.
Our gunfire index summarizes gunfire data for the first half of 2014 and also presents a detailed “apples-to-apples” comparison to the same period last year.
For this report, we also interviewed police chiefs from several cities to get their insights on how their own best practices, creative strategies and proactive policing are making a critical difference in reducing gun crime.
The results of gunfire index data is extremely encouraging and suggests what cities and their law enforcement agencies can accomplish with a comprehensive gun violence reduction effort focused on enhanced response and community engagement. Addressing and lessening gun violence in our communities not only makes people feel safer, it improves our overall health and security when people don’t have to accept or live with the constant, "daily threat of gunfire close to home.”
For more information on our 1H2014 National Gunfire Index, and to download the actual 1H summary results, visit our Index microsite.