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One of the most disturbing practices on New Year's Eve is getting out a couple of guns and shooting into the air at the stroke of midnight.  Bad idea.  All that stuff going up will come down, sometimes with tragic consequences.  And on top of that, the Police have a better chance of finding you and possibly linking you to a victim with one of the newest items in their toolkit. Shot Spotter.

The Shot Spotter system is in use in lots of Police agencies around the country, and is a wide area real time acoustic surveillance system that can track outdoor gunshots and pinpoint the latitude and longitude for follow up by Police Officers.  The agencies where this system is in use report an 80% reduction in gunshot activity, which means it works.  Make some noise this New Years, but keep the guns in the safe. We'll all be better off for it.