Sound Thinking
Law Enforcement

PUBLIC SAFETY SUCCESS STORY

Las Vegas Sees 26% Reduction in Violent Crimes

City
LAS VEGAS, NV CLARK COUNTY
Population
2.2 MILLION
Coverage Area
23.5 SQ. MI
Product Used
Soundthinking Product Logo
Customer Since
2017

Situation

Las Vegas Metro Police Department (LVMPD) and the city of Las Vegas were seeking a new way to reduce the cycle of gun violence that challenged some of their neighborhoods.

Results

LVMPD, in partnership with the Clark County Commission, began using SoundThinking’s ShotSpotter gunshot detection system in 2017 in a pilot installation in two of their hotspot areas for crime. In the first six months, the city experienced a 26 percent reduction in violent crime for a persistent hotspot. In the first nine months, the city reported a 43 percent reduction in murders in the same key area covered by ShotSpotter.

26%

Reduction in violent crime in a persistent hotspot

86%

Faster response to reported gunfire events than from 9-1-1 calls

43%

Drop in murders in a persistent hotspot

One of the key issues they discovered was a massive under-reporting of 9-1-1 calls informing law enforcement of gunfire incidents. In fact, the agency found that 65 percent of the real-time alerts were for gunfire unreported to police. For gunshots that were reported, ShotSpotter alerts enabled a faster response in 86 percent of the cases. Being on the scene faster allowed for emergency responders to better attend to victims, collect evidence and solve crimes. In 2019, the program expanded to eight coverage areas and from six square miles to 23.5.

To stop gun violence, we need to know where it’s occurring and ShotSpotter has detected hundreds of shootings that would have otherwise gone unreported. Our expansion of ShotSpotter is helping us reduce crime and make our neighborhoods safer.

Captain JAMES LAROCHELLE
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
How ShotSpotter Benefits Las Vegas Metro PD
FAST RESPONSE
Awareness of gunfire incidents has greatly increased with patrol officers receiving gunfire alerts in less than 60 seconds with a pinpointed location.
IMPROVED INVESTIGATIONS
Crime solving is improved with the ability to locate a crime scene precisely to collect critical ballistic evidence that feeds into NIBIN.
COMMUNITY TRUST
Presence of ShotSpotter provides a deterrent to gun violence over time and helps to build trust and stronger relationships with key communities.

To learn more about our SafetySmart Platform, click here

All rights reserved ©2024. The SoundThinking logo, the ShotSpotter logo and the SafetySmart logo are registered trademarks of SoundThinking. Inc.

Search