Gunshot detection systems have been around for a few years, but the issue is that most of these systems function in the same, flawed way. Because of this, the vast majority of gunshot detection systems give false positives and lead to wasted time and resources. What causes these systems to give false reads? We discuss that below. WHY GUNSHOT DETECTION SYSTEMS GIVE FALSE POSITIVES As mentioned, most gunshot detection systems work in the same way. In essence, they listen for loud, abrupt sounds in the environment, which then triggers an alert to the appropriate authorities. However, there are many potential triggers, especially if the sensor is located in an uncontrolled environment. Some law enforcement agencies have reported frustrations with false positives that responded to car crashes, fireworks, and other abrupt sounds. As a result, some agencies have stepped away from their gunshot detection systems in lieu of other solutions. In
Last week, a former student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida returned to the school and opened fire. As a result, 17 people were killed (most were students) and more than 15 were injured. The gunman was apprehended over an hour later, long after he had fled the school and had enough time to purchase a drink from a nearby Subway.
Americans have dealt with many deadly shootings in the last several years, such as the recent Las Vegas and Texas shootings. While there aren’t any foolproof ways to prevent these devastating events, one method exists to increase law enforcement response time–gunshot detection solutions!