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    Gun Fire Detectors

    This story was on local television here in Fort Worth last night. What is you guys take on this?



    DPD To Consider Purchasing Gunfire Detectors
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    J.D. Miles DALLAS (CBS 11 News) ― Tracking down people responsible for random gunfire seems like an impossible challenge, but Dallas police plan to install new technology that could help solve those cases.

    A proposal will be presented to the city next month to purchase new devices that monitor neighborhoods for gunfire.

    "At this point, we'll present it to the council and see if they like the idea," said Lt. Vernon Hale, Dallas Police Department. "We'll give them the pros and cons of those types of software."

    The sensors, which would be placed on buildings and light poles, are expensive. They cost up to $250,000 for every square mile covered, but can narrow the origin of gunfire to within 30 feet.

    The type of sensors Dallas is looking to purchase can distinguish gunfire from fireworks or a car backfire. It can dispatch a police officer within three to ten seconds. The devices also have cameras that can zoom in on suspects.

    Dallas police haven't decided how many sensors would be purchased or where they would be placed.

    Safety Dynamics is one of the companies that has installed the devices in cities such as Boston and Minneapolis.

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    Hello 1984 its here. Thought police are next.

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    I tend to dislike anything that sounds like Orwell, but a system like this could be helpful in documenting cases of lawful self-defense. Due to the cost of the system, it probably would not be deployed anywhere besides the ghetto. However, what is often the case in bad neighborhoods is that neither the victim nor the attacker is really legally allowed to carry a firearm, and they may both be less than reputable people. When the cops show up, they may be choosing between two thugs to determine who was the attacker and who acted in self-defense.

    Now, obviously many people are going to be less than sympathetic to a victim who they feel has been less than virtuous - "Let them kill each other", and so on. The reality though is that self-defense is a basic human right and even felons have to defend themselves if threatened with a gun.
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    I think it will put our cops in more armed conflicts. Will make the market for supresed guns go crazy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HK4U View Post
    This story was on local television here in Fort Worth last night. What is you guys take on this?
    ...the sensors, which would be placed on buildings and light poles, are expensive. They cost up to $250,000 for every square mile covered, but can narrow the origin of gunfire to within 30 feet.
    What happens if the BG's shoot 'em from 31 feet away?
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    They installed that type system in the east end of Newport News Va. about 2 years ago. dont know how helpful its been at putting officers on the scene. From what ive been told its pretty accurate at locating where the source was even with only one shot being fired. I have not heard of any cases of someone useing a silencer/suppressor to avoid being detected by it. i do know that the east end of Newport News is still not somewhere you want to be caught outside in low light alone, thats for sure. it definatly has not cleaned the Hood up any. :D

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    I live in Gary, Indiana and we have already had these devices for several years. It's called ShotSpotter. It works, but it does not seem to have done anything to bring down the murder rate in the city that has had the nation's highest per capita murder rate for 12 of the past 13 years.

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    ok yeah good idea lets spend 250,000 dollars per square mile in DALLAS TEXAS!!! one of the nations largest cities on a unit that has reportedly done nothing in the places it has been installed. I can think of better things to do with that money and i have never even been to Dallas.

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    250,000 dollars

    Quote Originally Posted by utah CCW instructor View Post
    ok yeah good idea lets spend 250,000 dollars per square mile in DALLAS TEXAS!!! one of the nations largest cities on a unit that has reportedly done nothing in the places it has been installed. I can think of better things to do with that money and i have never even been to Dallas.

    Yep, how about spending 500 dollars each to buy all law abiding citizens a gun and arm them to fight crime. Would do more to stop crime.
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    Maybe the local government needs a push in the right direction. A responsible and concerned citizen should bring to their attention that the device is currently being used in other places. Let them know were the device has been installed and present them with the statistics. Show them that although the system functions properly, it does nothing to stop BG activity. Maybe the BG in the area have started using knives or blunt instruments? :D

    What would be really messed up is if the first device is installed near an outdoor shooting range. :(

    Like your idea of $500 for law abiding citizens to buy a gun. Don't think the government would go for it though. Great idea in any case. :)



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