Success Stories

ShotSpotter Customer Results

Learn how police agencies are seeing success with reducing gun violence using ShotSpotter.

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Success Story: Las Vegas

In the first six months, the city experienced a 26 percent reduction in violent crime for a persistent hotspot. In the first nine months, the city reported a 43 percent reduction in murders in the same key area covered by ShotSpotter.

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Success Story: Omaha

The number of gun assault victims citywide has dropped 56% between 2011 and 2019. The highest court in Nebraska ruled that acoustic data is admissible evidence in court, with ShotSpotter providing forensic services in support of trial attorneys.

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Success Story: Columbia

Columbia PD estimated officers responded to 150 scenes in the first six months after installing ShotSpotter that they would not have visited without ShotSpotter, resulting in a 25% reduction in homicides compared to the same time a year ago.

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Success Story: Toledo

In its first day of operation with ShotSpotter, the agency received a gunfire alert and was able to make a same day arrest. In just the first ten months, the Toledo Police Department made 70 arrests and recovered more than 50 illegal guns that are now off the streets.

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Success Story: Greenville

2019 results showed violent crime in the city down seven percent, homicides decreased by 20 percent, and gun violence injuries reduced by 29 percent in ShotSpotter coverage areas as compared to 2018.

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Success Story: San Pablo

The San Pablo Police Department found that after adopting ShotSpotter through to 2017 the gunfire rate dropped by 74 percent and gang activity by 76 percent.

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Success Story: Integrating Gunfire Alerts with Agency Technology

A digital ShotSpotter gunfire alert with the precise geolocation of an incident is a foundational platform for integration with other public safety technologies. Alerts can initiate PTZ cameras to move in the direction of gunfire for a better view, focus license plate reader searches to an area of possible ingress or egress, upload real-time gunfire incident data to CAD system, or map gunfire incidents to centralized aggregate platform in real-time crime centers – all within seconds.

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Success Story: Integrating Gunfire Alerts with Security Technology

A digital ShotSpotter gunfire alert with the precise geolocation of an incident is a foundational platform for integration with other security technologies. Alerts can initiate PTZ cameras to move in the direction of gunfire for a better view, direct mass emergency systems to send notifications, start lock downs using access controls, or map gunfire incidents in real-time security operations centers – all within seconds.

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Success Story: NYPD

Read about the New York City Police Department's use of ShotSpotter since 2015.

“ShotSpotter alerts officers to the scene to suppress further violence; to gather ballistic evidence; to locate relevant surveillance video; and to canvas the neighborhood for people who may have seen or heard something. Any of this evidence might provide decisive when investigators are trying to build a case against gang members or other violent criminals in the area.”

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Success Story: Campus Shooting

A late night shooting incident in a popular bar area near a world-class west coast university was swiftly contained and two suspects apprehended thanks to coordinated efforts by campus and city police, aided by ShotSpotter’s SecureCampus Technology.

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Success Story: Rhino Poaching

Since the introduction of ShotSpotter to detect, locate and alert park rangers to gunfire incidents in less than 60 seconds,
there have been multiple poacher apprehensions within the coverage area. In 2018, ShotSpotter incrementally expanded
to 100 square km inside the Intensified Protection Zone (IPZ) of Kruger National Park. IPZ is one of the world’s major hotspots
for rhino poaching.

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National Gunfire Stats

ShotSpotter tracks national gunfire trends and publishes the ShotSpotter National Gunfire Index (NGI) annually. It is the most comprehensive study to capture, analyze, and report on gunfire incidents across the U.S.

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