City of CT approves R21 mln tender for gunshot detection sensors

The devices are able to detect and triangulate where shots are being fired and alert authorities.

FILE: The city is dealing with suburbs plagued by gangsterism and firearm-related injuries. Picture: freeimages.com

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town has approved a R21 million tender to roll out of gunshot detection sensors as part of efforts to curb gun violence.

The devices are able to detect and triangulate where shots are being fired and alert authorities.

The city's JP Smith says a trial run in Hanover Park, a suburb plagued by gangsterism and firearm-related injuries, proved very successful.

"During the five months of intensive testing we were able to recover more firearms during than we had in about six years before that. We are really convinced about the merit of the system."