City of Gary, Indiana Completes Next Expansion of ShotSpotter Gunshot Location System
Dramatic Results Spur Expansion to Cover More Than Four Square Miles
GARY, Ind.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
ShotSpotter, Inc., the world leader in gunshot detection and location systems and technology for public safety and the military, today announced that the City of Gary, Indiana has completed their second expansion and is in the final stages of their third expansion of the system. Hailed as a key crime-fighting tool in the City, the ShotSpotter system has now been extended to more than four square miles based on its track record of reducing gunfire in the City and assisting the Police Department in removing weapons and increasing arrests.
ShotSpotter is a collection of sensors that detect and locate gunshots in seconds, sending an immediate signal along with the precise location of the shots to police dispatchers. This enables the City's police forces to arrive on the scene of a gunshot event in a matter of moments.
Thomas Branson, Deputy Chief of Police, in noting that the system has been delivering outstanding results, stated, "ShotSpotter alerted us to a gunshot incident where police found a subject lying in a pool of blood next to the railroad tracks. It turned out that he was on the FBI's most wanted list, having killed a 13-year old girl in Ohio as well as two women."
"ShotSpotter has consistently provided us with valuable information and that is why we have decided, not once but twice, to expand coverage," according to Lt. Alan Ross, Gary PD radio dispatcher. "Over the past two years we have seen dozens of arrests directly attributable to ShotSpotter."
"ShotSpotter has led to a quieter Gary," according to Lt. Sam Roberts. "We are very pleased with the results we continue to see from ShotSpotter, and the citizens of Gary fully support expansion of the system. With ShotSpotter covering more of the City, we expect to see the number of arrests go up and the crime numbers continue to go down."
ShotSpotter, Inc. provides wireless and wired gunshot detection and location systems to public safety organizations and the military. All ShotSpotter solutions use the same core ShotSpotter GLS technologies which filter out the echoes which cripple competitive systems when they are deployed in urban environments. Utilizing ShotSpotter's patented technologies, the system can be set to filter in or out "non-threat" events (such as fire crackers, car backfires, etc.).
About ShotSpotter, Inc. (www.shotspotter.com)
ShotSpotter, Inc., the leading developer of gunshot location systems and technology, is based in Mountain View, CA. ShotSpotter's flagship product, which detects gunfire across large urban areas using a small number of inexpensive and easy-to-deploy sensors, currently protects the citizens of cities nationwide, from Los Angeles, CA to Washington, DC. Its products assisted the FBI and the Franklin County Sheriff's Office in identifying and capturing the Columbus, Ohio highway sniper suspect. With technology covered by numerous patents, the company also offers products to the law enforcement, homeland security and military markets. ShotSpotter technology has consistently produced arrests and weapons confiscations nationwide and has helped reduce gunfire and crime rates in cities that deploy it.
Source: ShotSpotter, Inc.
Released July 10, 2007