Antioch is considering a gunshot detection system in response to fire

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ANTIOCH — Antioch City Council will decide on Tuesday whether to enter into a five-year deal with a gunshot detection systems company to monitor gunshot activity in the city and find locations of shots .

At its Oct. 11 meeting, the board asked staff to identify the most critical areas for ShotSpotter Respond to cover based on an analysis of gunshot crimes, along with price proposals. and the fiscal impact on the city.

ShotSpotter claims its technology directs police to specific gunshot locations in more than 90% of gunshot cases where its technology is used.

Antioch Police identified three critical coverage areas from five years of gun crime data (January 2017 to May 2022) to ShotSpotter, which then produced maps illustrating the most critical areas of the city (two to the west and one to the southeast). from the city).

Shotspotter presented two proposals to the city: the first would cost $1.06 million over five years and cover 3 square miles in the two most critical areas on the west side of the city.

The second proposal would cost $1.41 million and would cover 4 square miles and include a section on the southeast side of Antioch. ShotSpotter offers discounts and guaranteed prices for contracts over three years.

The technology uses acoustic sensors “to identify, discriminate, record and locate gunshots, then send an alert to law enforcement within seconds of the shots being fired,” according to a staff report for the meeting. tuesday.

The Antioch Police Department recommends a five-year subscription “to further increase the effectiveness and efficiency of department personnel, allowing the department to direct resources to the community where they are needed most. ShotSpotter Technologies will donate Antioch Police Department an effective and resourceful tool to help solve and reduce violent crime in the city.”

ShotSpotter Respond says on its website that in the city of Oakland, which uses the service, 101 victims were found and assisted by police while no one called during the shooting in 2020. ShotSpotter’s technology, which was developed in Silicon Valley, is used in a number of municipalities in the Bay Area and major cities across the country such as New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

The Antioch City Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the council chambers at 200 H St. The meeting can be seen online at www.antiochca.gov.

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