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Mzansi’s gunshot detector right on target with first conviction

Virgil Koopman

JP Smith‚ the City of Cape Town mayoral committee member for safety and security‚ said evidence from the ShotSpotter system was part of the case against Virgil Koopman. For the first time‚ a gunman was been convicted with the help of technology that detects gunfire.

Koopman was convicted at Wynberg Regional Court of discharging a firearm in a municipal area and sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment‚ suspended for five years.

Virgil Koopman

ShotSpotter detected gunfire in Manenberg in October 2017. The city council strategic surveillance unit supplied the police with CCTV footage of the incident as well as the ShotSpotter alert‚ said, Smith.

“This is evidence of what is possible when the various enforcement agencies collaborate in the fight against crime‚” he said.

“We also commend the persistence and dedication of the investigating officer and his team in this case‚ and we look forward to more convictions‚ with the assistance of the technology that we have at our disposal.”

In April 2016‚ the city council agreed to spend R21-million rolling out ShotSpotter in Hanover Park and Manenberg. The technology can pinpoint the location of a shooting‚ instantaneously directing police to the attacker‚ victims and witnesses.

At the time‚ Smith said: “It’s a game changer. Our recovery rate of firearms increased by a factor of five when it was  tested.”ShotSpotter has also been installed in Port Elizabeth.

Source: Times Live