In 2020, Shootings Are Up.
Gun homicides in
by gun annually
Cost of Gun
Less than 20% of shootings are reported to 911. As a result, eight out of ten times that someone fires a gun in your neighborhood, the police never show up, simply because they don’t know about it.
When gun crime isn’t reported to police, the people responsible for the shootings feel emboldened to shoot whenever they want with little to no consequences, putting everyone else in the neighborhood at risk. Unaddressed gunfire drives homicides and injuries, but there are other costs to the neighborhood:
Victims don’t get
treated fast enough
unsafe at home
The cycle of gun
*Source: The Effect of Gun Violence on Local Economies, Urban Institute, November 2016.
Our mission is to reduce gun violence and improve the police-community relationship. Communities like yours are proactively addressing gun violence with our gunshot detection solution.
This technology enables an informed and precise police response that is focused on apprehending the shooters, while conveying a sense of respect and compassion for innocent bystanders in the area.
How Does ShotSpotter Work?
When shots are fired, police receive an alert pointing them to the exact location of the incident within 60 seconds. This means that community members can count on the police to show up when they are needed – and when every second matters. By getting to the scene faster, responders can get critical evidence to help capture the shooter and also, ensure that aid is rendered to victims.
Is ShotSpotter Surveillance Equipment? Do the Sensors Listen to Conversations?
An independent privacy audit conducted by NYU’s Policing Project concluded that the risk of voice surveillance is extremely limited. Strict controls and policies ensure sensors only trigger on loud explosive or impulsive sounds that are likely gunfire. No community member’s information is obtained or used during any part of the detection or alerting process.
Does ShotSpotter Cause Over-Policing?
The beauty of ShotSpotter’s technology is that it does the job it’s designed to do without consideration for race, color, religion, economic status, etc. This enables an appropriately focused response rather than indiscriminate policing strategies that potentially victimize innocent community members.
Can I Buy ShotSpotter for My House?
Right now, we do not have a solution for individual community members. However, you can write a letter to your local elected officials to request ShotSpotter for your neighborhood.