ShotSpotter Data Reveals 2020 Gunshot Rates up 48 Percent Across U.S. During a Year of Crisis
New Year’s Eve Logs 12,266 Gunshot Alerts in 24 Hours - Nearly Double the Three-Year Average
NEWARK, Calif., Jan. 07, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ShotSpotter, Inc. (Nasdaq: SSTI), a leader in precision policing solutions that enable law enforcement to more effectively respond to, investigate and deter crime, today reported a dramatic rise of 48 percent in gunshot incidents during 2020 compared with 20191, according to the Company’s data that tracks gunfire in more than 100 U.S. cities that use its technology. The increase comes during a year that included a global pandemic, calls for social justice and heightened political divisions.
ShotSpotter gunfire statistics for 2020 showed a spike in gunshot incidents as compared to the prior year in the weeks following George Floyd’s death (May 25). That trend continued during the next four weeks of nationwide protests and, while dropping the last week of June, gunfire levels remained at a significantly higher rate throughout the remainder of the year as compared to the prior year. The 2020 ShotSpotter National Gunfire Trends report showing gunfire incidents per square mile per week, 2020 vs. 2019, is found here.
When broken down by region, the data reveals a 58 percent increase in gunfire in the Midwest – the region with the highest increase. In other regions, the South had the smallest increase in gunshot events with a 19 percent increase year over year, while the Northeast and West experienced similar surges of 40 percent and 42 percent respectively as compared to the prior year. In line with the ShotSpotter data of increased 2020 gunfire rates, independent research group Gun Violence Archive reported a record number of homicides by gun violence this year with more than 19,000 U.S. deaths.
New Year’s Eve – typically an active night due to celebratory gunfire – saw an upswing this year with the ShotSpotter Incident Review Center (IRC) logging an unprecedented 12,266 gunshot alerts in just 24 hours. In comparison, over the past three years the New Year’s Eve numbers averaged 6,803 ShotSpotter alerts in the same timeframe. The 2021 rate is nearly double the three-year average of 6,803 gunshots and up 36 percent from 2020 when the rate was 9,034.
“The startling increase in gunshots and gun violence deaths in 2020 is hopefully an extreme outlier,” said Lynda R. Williams, President of NOBLE (National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives). “We do know that last year was unprecedented due to a global pandemic, social justice protests, a divisive national election, and an increase in gun sales. It is our belief that law enforcement agencies and communities can work hand in hand for public health and safety in the new year.”
“Unfortunately turning the page to 2021 will not magically reduce violent crime, but our hope is that the insight that our unique data provides will motivate policy makers and appropriators to invest more resources and tools to help agencies drive violent crime levels down,” said Ralph A. Clark, President and CEO of ShotSpotter. “We look forward to partnering with agencies in this new year to enable them to be more data driven, proactive and efficient in adopting proven precision policing strategies going forward."
ShotSpotter (Nasdaq: SSTI) is a leader in precision policing solutions that enable law enforcement officials to more effectively respond to, investigate and deter crime. The company’s products are trusted by more than 100 U.S. cities to help make their communities safer. The platform includes its flagship product, ShotSpotter Respond™, the leading gunshot detection, location and forensic system, and ShotSpotter Connect™, patrol management software to dynamically direct patrol resources to areas of greatest risk and more effectively deter crime. ShotSpotter’s CrimeCenter™ investigative case management software helps detectives connect the dots and share information more effectively to improve case clearance rates. ShotSpotter also serves the corporate and college security markets and has been designated a Great Place to Work® Company.
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1 Annual gunshot data is normalized for growth in customer coverage by using gunshot incidents per square mile.
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Released January 7, 2021