Columbus to vote on "Shot Spotter" technology

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- Columbus City Council is looking at a proposal to install new crime fighting technology in three area neighborhoods.

At their meeting Monday, council members will hold a vote on whether to approve almost $700,000 to purchase devices called Shot Spotters---an electronic "ear in the sky" that can detect gunshots, the type of gun fired, the shot’s location. The information is then sent to dispatchers.

The city is looking to use the devices in the Hilltop, Linden, and Southside neighborhoods.