http://mv-voice.com/square/print/2011/08/08/local-tech-company-helps-cops-fight-gun-violence


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Local tech company helps cops fight gun violence

Original post made on Aug 8, 2011

A local crime-prevention-technology company is working to change the way police departments across the country fight gun violence and illegal gun use.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, August 8, 2011, 9:58 AM

Comments

Posted by Big Bro, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Aug 8, 2011 at 12:08 pm

LMAO no gun violence in Mountain View, yet when you go to the police station, they have bullet proof glass to protect themselves. From whom i should be asking?


Posted by Smarter Little Bro, a resident of another community
on Aug 8, 2011 at 1:06 pm

You should visit more police stations because they ALL have a bullet proof glass in the front.


Posted by Sad, a resident of Waverly Park
on Aug 8, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Sad, technology developed in our backyard and our own police department doesn't get to use it. Too bad a deal wasn't worked out so they can test new technology in town and provide the service when the company is not testing.


Posted by Wally, a resident of another community
on Aug 8, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Install a few hundred on Latham.

Unless of course it's already been surrendered to the thugs


Posted by Gary, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 8, 2011 at 7:54 pm

I think "increases his department's response time" is either a typo or a mistake on the police chief's part. I'm sure he meant to say "decreases".


Posted by The Eye, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 8, 2011 at 10:56 pm

The Eye is a registered user.

Kind of pointless to even upload this story in this periodical, if Mountain View has decided against it, isn't it?

Oh, that's right, we don't have that much gun violence in this city. And I guess I just imagined that story about the young boy who scared an *gun-armed thug* out of his family's home with a BB gun, the home invaders holding someone hostage until they backed away and ran off? That and a number of other gun-related stories over the last year? ONE incident of gun violence is ONE TOO MANY, MVPD! You're assertion of:

"Wylie was not sure why the department decided against using ShotSpotter, but she did acknowledge that gun violence is not a big problem in Mountain View."

...just seems rather stupid, now doesn't it? Shame on you, MVPD, for not using an effective technology that can save lives and prevent crime, or at least help catch those committing violent gun crime in our city. Shame...on...you!


Posted by Fisckle, a resident of Castro City
on Aug 9, 2011 at 8:52 am

Take a deep breath Eye. Did you see the costs and read what the technology does? It calls police to the scene AFTER the crime, or errant firearm discharge occurs (or other loud sound that triggers the system). Not very effective in prevention unless you have a lot of gunshots going off each night. There's more effective ways to use the money. I think your jump to point a finger and protest "Shame" is over emotional. It'd be a total waste of money for Mtn Vioew to take on these costs, esp when the need to track down gunshots to the block at which they already occurred is minimal, thank goodness.


Posted by NW Resident, a resident of North Whisman
on Aug 9, 2011 at 1:32 pm

I think the point of including the article here was not because of MVPD's decision on the technology, but to spotlight a Mountain View company with a unique technology and business model that is trying to help solve a problem for some communities.

I agree that it would be cost prohibitive for MV to deploy this technology, but it seems to be worth the investment for some communities that need it, like EPA. It's probably been used in many criminal cases that we don't hear about in the media.