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SAPS joins in on CT's gunshot detection sensors project

Cape Town safety and security got the green light to roll out gunshot detection sensors across the city.

FILE: SAPS has since decided to join the initiative. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town says the South African Police Service (SAPS) has gotten on board its latest project to curb gun violence.

Cape Town safety and security got the green light to roll out gunshot detection sensors across parts of the Mother City.

The acoustic devices can detect and triangulate where firearms are discharged and immediately alert law enforcement officials.

The city's JP Smith says the devices proved very successful during a trial period in the gang-ridden suburb of Hanover Park.

Smith says with the sensors, officials will be able to respond to every gunshot incident, rather than the current average of one in six.

He adds SAPS has since decided to join the initiative.

"It has been difficult to get SAPS on board. This time we have confirmation that they will be participating in the system as well and we will install it for them free of charge so that they are able to dispatch staff."