Should schools install gunshot detection systems? A recent post on Security Info Watch makes the case.

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“The shocking reality is that there appears to be no identifiable pattern or procedure in the selection of victims during an active shooter situation, making it extremely difficult to prepare for and defend against,” said Richard Brent, who wrote the post and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Security Industry Association (SIA). “Not to mention the unnerving fact that these situations evolve quickly and, many times, end with the shooter taking his or her life.”

In his post, Brent points to gunshot detection systems as a possible solution to the problem, highlighting several key considerations:

Schools are a common target. According to a 2013 United States Department of Justice report, nearly a quarter of active shooter incidents between 2000 and 2013 took place in educational settings. More fatalities tend to occur in school shootings, too.

Shortening response time is critical. Active shooter situations last an average of 12.5 minutes, and it typically takes law enforcement an average of 18 minutes to respond. Shortening response time could save lives, and gunshot detection systems like Guardian are designed to notify authorities immediately when a gunshot is detected.

Minimal maintenance and monitoring is required. Gunshot detection systems like Guardian integrate with other systems such as door locks and communication system and require little to no monitoring by security and other personnel. They don’t rely on human interpretation and response to work properly.

ECT Services is pleased to offer the Guardian gunshot detection system developed by Shooter Detection Systems, which works by using acoustic and infrared sensors to instantly identify gunshots. The precise location of the gunshots is noted, and authorities are alerted immediately. Warnings are also instantly sent out to people in the facility and vicinity advising them to evacuate or take cover. This video demonstrates the basics of the system.

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