Innovative Measures to Combat Gun Violence in Cape Town

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The City of Cape Town has implemented innovative measures to reduce gun violence in the area, including the integration of gunshot detection technology with drones.

SoundThinking Acoustic Detection System

The acoustic detection system, known as SoundThinking, has been activated in Hanover Park, Manenberg, and Lavender Hill, with plans to expand it to other areas in the city.

Real-Time Notification

Once gunshots are detected, the technology immediately notifies law enforcement agencies. This enables them to identify rival gang conflicts and deploy their resources strategically.

Data Analysis for Pinpointing Hotspots

The data generated by the SoundThinking system allows law enforcement authorities to pinpoint hotspots of gun violence. This, in turn, helps them allocate their resources more efficiently.

Investment in Technology

The City of Cape Town is investing R860 million over three years in technology to enhance safety in the city. The investment includes the acquisition of CCTV, dashcams, and aerial surveillance systems.

Effective Results

The gunshot detection technology has already proven to be effective in reducing the number of shooting incidents, shots per incident, and the recovery of illegal guns.

Commitment to Safety

The City of Cape Town is committed to making the area safer and is working closely with the South African Police Services to gain more policing powers. They are also building prosecution-ready case dockets to help secure swift convictions.

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