According to an article published in The Standard Times® on July 26th, written by Curt Brown, ShotSpotter™ technology that has been installed in various high crime neighborhoods in the city of New Bedford is finally paying off.
The police department in the city won’t comment on the preciseness of the technology but they have found that getting to the location of the event is much easier with this new system.
There were issues with the system during calibration but those kinks seem to have been worked out. Just before the July 4 holiday, the sensors were confusing gunshots with fireworks.
The ShotSpotter™ system was able to alert authorities to three separate shootings that occurred last weekend in different parts of the city.
This new technology is currently in use in various cities across the country. New Bedford is one of several cities that use the technology in the state of Massachusetts.
Hopefully this technology will advance to the point where firearms will be detected before they are fired. It would also be a coup if police could detect this information from the computers in their cruisers.
Crime is always going to exist because of the human condition. The faster the alerts come the faster help can arrive.