Harrisburg City is getting high-tech help to fight crime

In General on November 6, 2006 at 4:01 pm

ABC27 reports this,

Harrisburg City is getting high-tech help to fight crime. 

Sixty small listening devices will be placed on utility poles and buildings in the Allison Hill neighborhood by next Spring.  Gun crime has been prevalent in that neighborhood.

The devices can detect the sound of a gunshot, and almost instantly, pinpoint where it came from to within three feet.  A radio device then relays the information to police with 10 to 12 seconds.

District Attorney Ed Marsico says the devices should help to cut down on crime.  “The single greatest benefit will be response time,” said Marsico.  “I also hope there’s a deterrent effect.”

The technology, marketed under the name Secures, will cost 120,000 dollars to buy and install, a price tag covered by two grants.  Marsico says after a year, his office could apply for more grant money to purchase additional listening devices.

Similar technology is being used in other cities; such as Houston, Chicago, and Charleston, South Carolina.

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