Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Technology Tells a Story

The Washington Post published an interesting article over gunshots in DC.  You see....a while back....someone sought technology and found this sensor package called SpotSpotter.

SpotSpotter works in a simple fashion.....it lays out listening pods, and transmits data back to a central computer.  It's there....listening....twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.  It tells you the spot and direction of the gunshot.  A cop could.....if he had additional tools like street-light cams, recording devices, and such....pinpoint the area and note all of the car-tags that are seen around that area for the next minute or two.

What SpotSpotter says?  There have been 39,000 gunshots in DC since deployment of the system around eight years ago.  If you do the statistics......figuring an area of six by six miles....an urban area.....no hunting situations....vast anti-gun rules in place.....then you've got a heck of a lot of shooting.

The Post attached an interesting graphic with the article.  The timing of shots is displayed.  It's a curious thing.....from 6AM to 6PM.....there just isn't that many shots being noted by the sensors.  From 8PM to 3AM?  Things pick up drastically, with a peak around midnight for shootings.

I would imagine if you took these statistics and went to Memphis, Birmingham, or Atlanta....you'd find the same trends.  Thugs come out after 10PM and troll the streets looking for trouble.....getting tired around 3AM and heading home.

How many towns across the nation have the sensors?  Not enough....if you ask me.

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