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Savannah authorities consider gunshot sensors

By The Associated Press
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- Savannah-Chatham police officials may buy a system that uses acoustic sensors to locate gun shots in real time.

The Savannah Morning News reports that police officials say the surveillance system known as ShotSpotter will cut down on people firing guns and help in cases with reluctant witnesses ( http://bit.ly/1sRhVYo ). The initial system could cost $205,000 the first year and $135,000 annually.

Authorities say the sensors are attached to rooftops or utility poles, and the information can be used to dispatch officers before 911 calls.

Officials say they would start with a three square-mile area where about 25 percent of shootings occur.

Authorities say they would work with other law enforcement agencies, local business and schools or seek grant funding to pay for the system. They haven't yet asked for city funding.


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