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Sixteen weeks and counting: Drop in Erie violent crime includes no one shot since December

April 5, 2024

The Erie Times-News reported on a significant drop in violent crime, including gun violence, in Erie, PA over the past 16 weeks. It attributes this reduction to factors like increased police staffing, the reintroduction of specialized units, collaboration with other agencies, and the deployment of technology such as security cameras and the ShotSpotter gunshot detection system. The article notes that ShotSpotter has been crucial in helping solve certain shooting cases, including a fatal shooting in August 2023, and that the technology has played an important role in the city’s efforts to curb gun violence.