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Monday February 8th, 2016 4:18PM

Savannah authorities consider gunshot sensors

By The Associated Press
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- Savannah-Chatham police officials may buy a system that uses acoustic sensors to locate gun shots in real time.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> Authorities say the sensors are attached to rooftops or utility poles, and the information can be used to dispatch officers before 911 calls.<br /> <br /> Officials say they would start with a three square-mile area where about 25 percent of shootings occur.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br />
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