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City of CT curbs shooting incidents with ShotSpotter tech

September 30, 2016

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town says ShotSpotter technology has resulted in a significant reduction in gunshots recorded in crime hotspots.

The system uses gunshot soundwaves and GPS technology to determine the exact location of gunfire.

The first phase has been rolled out in Manenberg and Hanover Park over the past four months.

Using GPS coordinates and the soundwaves generated by gunshots, the ShotSpotter system reports the location and frequency of shots fired.

Mayco member for safety and security, JP Smith says this technology will definitely be rolled out in other areas.

“The number of shooting incidents has dropped sharply, and the number of shots in each shooting incidents has reduced significantly. There are fewer shooting incidents and there are fewer bullets with each incident.”

    #Shotspotter Gunshot detection technology provides actionable intelligence detailing the number of shooters and number of shots fired. KB
    — EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) September 29, 2016

Officials say gunshot detection technology enables on-the-ground law enforcement to more effectively respond to shootings.

The city also plans to add drone technology to the system to improve efficacy.

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