Minneapolis Crime Watch on North Minneapolis ShotSpotter

Minneapolis Crime Watch beats the local news in both breadth and depth of local crime coverage, so if you’re into that sorta thing, be sure to subscribe to their blog. Here’s a clip from a recent post about early results of ShotSpotter on the North side:

Minneapolis St. Paul Crime Watch: The Northside Shotspotter’s early results

Jordan neighborhood has seen the highest number of ShotSpotter calls for service at 42% of the total ShotSpotter events. As in the Southside neighborhoods, ShotSpotter shows promising initial success. One of these early successes occurred on March 18 in the Jordan neighborhood. Police were dispatched to a ShotSpotter activation in the 2700 block of Knox Avenue North. There they located 19-year-old Jay Kong carrying a handgun. Kong was arrested and has been charged with reckless discharge of a firearm, a felony.

ShotSpotter, for those of you not familiar with it, is a series of gun shot detecting microphones mounted on street poles that automatically detect, report, and triangulate the location of gun shots. Officers can be immediately dispatched to the scene of the gun shot rather than waiting for a neighbor to call it in with varying degrees of time lag and accuracy. It’s been in use in the Phillips neighborhood for 6 months or so.

ShotSpotter Spots a Shot

Whadya think of the Minneapolis Police Department’s new ShotSpotters? Personally, I think they’re pretty awesome because they help locate shooting locations without violating anyone’s privacy. That’s pretty darn slick.

ShotSpotter lines up first shooting suspect

Minneapolis police Lt. Greg Reinhardt, who is in charge of the ShotSpotter effort, said the microphones were activated at 6 p.m. on Friday. At 1 a.m., shots were fired in the vicinity of 2500 Park Avenue S. “It worked very well. It worked exactly how we set it up,” Reinhardt said.

Police responded after the shots were recorded, a short pursuit ensued and a suspect with a gun was arrested, he said.

While the “if you’re not doing anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about” arguments are taken a bit too far with some implementations of security cameras, phone tapping, and email monitoring, this is a case where you really have nothing to worry about if you aren’t discharging firearms within the city of Minneapolis.