Town To Install Bullet-Tracking Technology Near Bellport Train Station

BELLPORT, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — The high tech crime fighting tool known as ShotSpotter is coming to North Bellport.

The town is planning to install 16 sensors in the area of the Bellport train station. The devices are designed to help police pinpoint where and when gunshots are fired.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Mike Xirinachs reports

WCBS 880’s Mike Xirinachs spoke with local businesswoman Corey Bloom in the business district surrounding the train station about the technology.

“I think it’s a great idea. I mean this is a bad area. Anywhere over the tracks is dangerous. People don’t like to even go over there,” she said.

“It affects everything. It affects people don’t want to live out here. People don’t want to come out here,” she added. “It will definitely lift the community.

The sensors are being installed in an area where redevelopment is planned.

“I think it will help a lot. It will bring people over here. A lot of people don’t come over here because they’re afraid,” Bloom said.

What do you think of ShotStopper coming to Bellport? Sound off in our comments section below…

  • Meme Meyagi

    what is done about 7 million mooslime terrorists living in usa?

  • Ken

    Freeport, Bablyon, Roosevelt, Hempstead, Bellport, what’s the common denominator?

  • Bitter Clinger

    Perhaps I’m naive but, wouldn’t it make more sense to have actual live police stationed there instead of sensors that will prevent and deter nothing. Police presence is a proven deterrent to crime.

    Perhaps the stationing of police there might infringe upon the rights of the thugs to practice their chosen profession. I’d NEVER live in a state that infringed upon my right of self defense. They are now reaping what has been sown.

  • JIM

    Strong We Stand Says : Put the Police at the Stations, go after the bad guys, not put systems into place to track, hear and destroy the Constitution. It is time to wake up America !


    • Mr. Schnozzle

      Perhaps you can make spell-check ‘you’ friend.

  • Ran Hansen

    Whew! I’m not afraid any more.

  • Burt

    when a shot is heard, the bullet already had flown…..2 late!!!!

  • Ex-Pat

    When seconds count, Police are only minutes away!

  • PHIL

    Isn’t that a violation of those Obama supporters rights?

  • Dave

    Sweet. Now they can tell where the bullet came from that killed you. Big help to you.

    • PHIL

      Why aren’t people shooting back?

      • Balth

        Because they people who dont break the law cannot carry weapons in NYC.

  • Frodo38

    “No Bell Po” will never be the same.

  • IGetItAlready

    If they can do this why can’t they also rig the ceiling with electrodes that will send a bolt of electricity into the shooter killing him/her instantly?

  • Concerned_Dad

    It will be a lot cheaper to allow New Yorkers to carry concealed and fight crime on a personal level. Court cases have shown that police have ZERO responsibility to you as an individual and cannot be sued if they don’t do their “job.” Not a knock on the police, it’s just that you’re responsible for your own defense. Tell Albany to allow “shall-issue” concealed carry as in many US states.

    • mobildata

      Allow them to carry open and society will become very polite very quickly.

      Throughout all of history the only people disarmed of the means to defend themselves have been or soon became slaves or prisoners.

      • PHIL

        At this point, is there really anything wrong with Civil Disobediance? CARRY ANYWAY! I ‘d rather be alive and in trouble than dead. Or worse yet, see my wife or kids hurt or killed.

        GETCHERSELF A GUN. Protect yourself and the ones you love. Try toescape if you can. But…..if you cant fight back!

        What would our forefathers think?!

  • RemoteCoder

    Shotspotter is deployed here in North and South Minneapolis (MN). With the microphones, there are video camera’s coordinated, and once shotspotter is activated the cameras start recording.

    I will tell you that they have solved crimes in these areas in which no witnesses or witnesses too scared to report occurred.

    They have been useful in reducing but not totally solving gun violence in Minneapolis. There is a sense of “big brother” here, but these areas are high violent crimes, and the cameras are not being used to surveil inside people’s homes.

    It’s one piece of technology I agree with.

    • Sigmund

      I understand your sentiments, but technology like this is seductive. It will eventually be used to undermine even more of our rights. It IS “Big Brother,” and this attitude of safety over liberty will be the death of us.

      • Burtb

        Yep, it’s a camel’s nose under the tent… cameras to catch the speeders ONLY in school zones….and parks….next step: places where people are…or might be……id est EVERYWHERE

    • stopthe

      The problem with this is the “slippery slope.” It’s the standard trade-off between liberty and security. If you would trade your liberty for security, you deserve neither – and will lose both.

      A loss of anonymity in public due to ubiquitous surveillance IS a loss of liberty.

  • MaybeItsMe

    The second half of this tiny article is committed mostly to what people think will happen as a result of installing sensors designed to detect where a bullet has been fired.

    WHAT DO PEOPLE THINK? That more people will show up to get SHOT!

    What kind of world am I living in?

  • james

    First off North Bellport is an unincorporated area of the Town of Brookhaven. Of where there are far worse off areas. Something tells me the Town of Brookhaven has nothing to do with this since it is quite large in area and has no official roll in law enforcement.

    The county is responsible for law enforcement, yet this would not be the most logical spot for something like this, as it is not even close to the most crime ridden area.

    The station is owned and operated by the MTA, they too have a police force, yet this is a limited stop station that is always slated for decommission. It would make no sense for them to install this.

    Can the reporter actual do some actual reporting and tell us who exactly is installing this and why?

  • Concerned Citizen

    This is the most horrible use of euphemism I’ve ever heard. By ‘bullet-tracking technology”, they mean “microphones”. They’ll triangulate using sound in multiple points.

    Guess how long it will be before they decide to use those microphones for “other applications”.

    • Kimberly Bethea

      He is right they are called Microflowns (not a misspelling and tested in Briton. (Discovery JUST tonight, ran a segment on the device, being used with a wind baffle on a flying drone, with guess who present, the MILITARY! ).

    • james

      yeah because installing microphones that are designed to descriminate for everything but bullet shots in a public space is a real threat.

      • stopthe

        The point is that a public that is used to being constantly monitored will object less and less to additional monitoring. More cameras and microphones will show up, in more and more places, culminating with Apple’s release of the iTelescreen for your living room.

        If you’re not suspicious of this type of monitoring, and the trend and principles (or lack of principle) that it represents, you are already lost.

  • NY9Solyndra

    As the crowds of shoppers, tourists, and diners return to the area, they’ll be attended-to by knife-wielding thieves.

  • The Big ?

    What happens if someone shoots the sensor ?

    • NY9Solyndra

      Sensory deprivation.

      • Mike

        Good one.

  • ms liberty


    • USArmyCombatMedic

      Please explain what “NOW THEY THE RACISM NOW” means..

      • Bill

        all your base are belong to us

    • john

      So I am going to be more willing to go to a dangerous place because after the shooting and after clearing my dead body out of the area the police will know where the bullet came from? Haha…ridiculous, more chicanery with taxpayer money.

    • Mike

      WTF are you trying to say? What is the English translation?

  • samboachie

    this is more of a feel good solution…what good is it to know which direction the bullet came from after it is shot and the damage has been done and the criminal has fled. it’s kind of cool to know the trajectory and speed, but is it worth the cost. How about better survellaince cameras and better lighting and just plain better morals and tougher punishment for criminals.

    • chester arthur

      Gee,cameras stop SO much crime.Get a grip and realize that cameras only tell them where to send the janitorial crew.In areas where government spy cameras proliferate,so does crime because quite a few people value their privacy more than the government’s ‘right’ to spy.

      • stopthe

        The cameras do deter crime, and help to catch criminals. You won’t win the argument that way.

        The real point is that it’s not worth it.

        Who cares about safety, if you are an animal in a cage?

    • USArmyCombatMedic

      and then we can sing and play guitar and all live and love…

      Be realistic.

  • lightonthetrigger

    So you just use subsonic ammo. A shotgun with a 2 liter bottle over the end. While illegal it will work once. Do you think people can’t figure out a tube and some washers? Criminals can be inventive if needed. Honest people pay the tax and buy quality, but they don’t go shooting at a train station.

  • Carl Curmudgeon

    Looks like really useful technology — AFTER someone starts shooting.

    Probably just me…

  • Iraq Vet


  • John C

    Stupid and a waste of money during an economic downturn. Does this train station have a lot of shots being fired? Shouldn’t this technology be installed in all grocery stores as well just in case? Stupid, stupid, stupid.

  • Mason

    Shouldn’t be called shot stopper. It’s just a shot finder. Nearly useless unless there is an officer twenty feet away to respond, who would hear the shot anyways. How useless….

    • Jeff

      It’s not called “ShotStopper” – it’s “ShotSpotter”. But I agree with your underlying point. Everyone’s going to rush to the newly-declared “safe area”, only to find that it does nothing to actually prevent injury when gunfire occurs. It’s basically only good for the Democrat mindset that, if we pass a law, it will change reality …

      • stopthe

        It’s good for desensitizing us to surveillance, which is the main point. Liberty will die the death of a thousand slices.

  • Steve

    Why not get rid of the real problem–you know what I mean.

    • Jack Davis


    • Mike

      The Bellport train station?

  • Patrick

    This is only half of the system. The other part slews and fires a machine gun in response to the point of the initial gun shot. I have seen it demonstrated.
    But I doubt that would ever find civilian use.

    • NY9Solyndra

      Predator drones w/ Hellfire missiles would work, too.

    • USArmyCombatMedic

      I concur.


      makes sense to me.

  • titus

    “Our” BIG government just took care of the banks at the tune of 14.5 trillions. US defense budget (bigger than the rest of the world combined) is about $500 billions a year. $14.5 trillions represents 29 years of defense spending (for protecting our freedom from goat herders in the caves). Bickering about how much of their student loans should government covers, amount to figuring how many deck chairs should be on the port side (left) or starboard side (right) of the Titanic. Keep promoting the left/right divide while competing with the “illegal” immigrants over burger flipping jobs. Whatever you do, don’t mention the grand theft of the millennium. Just regurgitate what the corporate media press-tituts feed you.

    • USArmyCombatMedic

      After re-reading your comment, I am amazed you have the audacity to post at all.

      “Bickering about how much of their student loans should government covers, amount to figuring how many deck chairs should be on the port side (left) or starboard side (right) of the Titanic” —- While this statement can be deciphered, you’re a moron for having written it.

      Our defense spending goes towards my paycheck as well as bombs. Do I not deserve to be paid? Do I not work hard enough for you?

      • Kimberly Bethea

        Oh, and one more thing, DEfense of what? Mr. Banker is what! The PAID military has been busy stirring it up around the world and now the TRUTH is coming home to roost. There are too many of us now, that have had ENOUGH!! Too many of us now, who have paid through decades of this MALE-LED, ELITIST, crap are taking over, YOU LOT are FIRED!!!!! 2011and STILL FIGHTING over pebbles and little pieces of PAPER!!!

        • Paul R.

          Wipe the foam from your mouth Kim. The military is under command of the president and is funded by congress. It is not some mercenary army, its your military, consisting of your neighbors. So be proud of your military, its the best and most professional since recorded history. If you don’t like who they shoot or why, then vote for someone like Ron Paul.

          • stopthe

            I will be doing just that, even if I have to write him in. Down with the empire. Long live the republic.

      • Kimberly Bethea

        The days of paychecks being based on DEATH are coming to an END! What will you DO now???

    • USArmyCombatMedic

      “goat herders in the caves” huh? Have you ever been overseas?

  • Mike

    Great… now i’m sure people will be flooding the area to move in. lol this lady must be a real estate agent.. the sensors track where the bullets came from.. it doesn’t stop them lol hahaha!

  • NY9Solyndra

    Democrats have implemented bullet trains.

  • detjoe

    silly thing is, they might know “where” and “when”, but how is that going to stop a bullet from entering your chest? these are reactive steps, but most police work is nowadays…. these types of technologies do not make people or places safer…

    • Bill

      Catching criminals who have shot others doesn’t make people or places safer? YOU ARE OUT OF YOUR FREAKING MIND.

      • Jimma

        Seriously Bill you are out of your mind. Unless you respond within seconds, the system is worthless. It was designed to have a slew to source mechanism for a machine gun, but after a minute the information for location of the shot is worthless since anyone with a gun would not be sticking around to get arrested by some officer minutes away. Even if the officer was nearby, he would need to be a super athlete to move from the sensor display to source quickly for any chance of getting there in time.

      • Caleb

        What says they will be caught by this? Unless there is an officer already in the area with a life feed locating the person this it’s feel good b.s. and if there is already an officer in the area why install the system? Again, because it makes someone FEEL safer while doing nothing to prevent the gunshot from happening in the first place, it is reactive not proactive.

        • ttj

          They could easily hook some cameras up to the thing and try to locate potential shooters. Nothing is 100%, but any kind of deterrent should be welcomed. One less homicidal idiot on the street means fewer victims. Besides, what is being done now to be “proactive”? This supposedly “reactive” proposal is more “proactive” than anthing else we’ve seen.

  • Bombastic

    Bush looks like a true Liberal compared to Obama. More rights have been crushed under Obama than any time in American history.

    Worse, his entire regime is inept and corrupt. It’s almost as if they are purposefully attempting to create an insurrection in America.

    • Gerad Easson

      Your response is interesting. I have heard something like that from a member or two of a group -New Hampshire common Sense Conservatives- that i have been a member of.

    • Phil Parks

      Don’t be surprised if the Obomanation gets re-elected, God forbid!!

    • Bombastic

      You can bet some politician somewhere got a campaign donation out of this. Wouldn’t happen otherwise.

    • aztec7


  • nunya

    I am a lib and I support this technology. I am also asking our congress to pass legislation enabling the feds to shove a camera directly up anyones behind who is deemed a ‘concern’.

    We reap what we sew.

    • CBinMd

      We also reap what we “sow”

    • Robert Korn

      I’m sure all of the OWS thugs will gladly drop their shorts, bend over and be the first to volunteer.

      And it’s “sow”, not “sew”. Obviously another victim of public education.

    • TheRealKingMax

      Well, hell, lets start with YOU.

      Lets “shove that camera directly up” YOUR behind….

      Take a good, close look at your brain.

      • Jimma

        By far the funniest comment yet….lol

  • Hank Warren

    Endless surveillance, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our rights:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama, vote for Ron Paul.
    (Last link of Banned Book):

    • Ricky

      How is America Deceived II “banned” if you can buy it on Amazon?

    • stopthe

      Nobody informed enough to vote for Ron Paul would read or care about your book, which is a bunch of conspirologist nonsense and ISN’T BANNED. Please.

  • Regulas

    Yes, we are quickly becoming a police state.

    • Dont Tread on Me

      Quickly becoming????….Look around people. WE ARE A POLICE STATE! Cameras at all the traffic signals within City limits. Cameras all over the parking lots of gas stations, malls, stores and even small private businesses. Then, walk inside all these businesses and look at the ceilings. I counted 87 cameras in the ceiling of a local Albertsons market here in Washington State alone. There’s even cameras just to watch and monitor the sidewalk traffic in many downtown areas across the country AGAIN, we “are” a Police State country………….and it will get much worse.

      • LC, CPA

        Were 87 cameras enough to keep you from shoplifting? If so, I guess they were worth it!

        • Kimberly Bethea

          What TRULY STOPS shoplifting, is removing the NEED for IT. SHARING the planet’s wealth, equally, fairly, BASED ON ACTUAL NEED, not the HUMMER sized WANTS of the “average” person today, all led to it by the world’s top leaders!!!! Camera’s just record the Crazy, we are the ones MAKING IT!!!

          • Paul R.

            Have you shared all of your money and possessions with the fleabags Kim? If you have not, then you are just another foaming at the mouth mental midget liberal with tired “solutions” that don’t work and instead exacerbate the problem. Also, capitalizing your words doesn’t make them carry any more weight or give your comment any more gravitas.

            • stopthe

              Not so fast. Anyone that can look at the wealth disparity in the U.S. and not think there is something wrong or inherently unjust, is not doing enough thinking.

              You don’t have to be a fan of socialism to want to improve upon our “winner take all” system. There are fundamental problems with it – the rise of corporatism being one of the most serious.

              The system as it is is not sustainable. It will have to be reformed so that it does not tend toward plutocracy. The only question is whether that reform is possible with iterative changes, within our existing system of law, and whether it can be done without violence.

        • TheRealKingMax


          There was something in an Albertsons worth shoplifting?

          Whay doesn’t someone TELL ME about these things?

        • Brad

          Cameras like that will only “stop” those who were not inclined to steal anyway. It will not stop someone who has made up their mind to do it. The cameras just give the store a bit of extra help in identifying the thief. They don’t stop the thief, and most store policies are to let the shoplifter walk out untouched. Call the police, get the image from the cameras, and just MAYBE find the guy, but not likely.

          • ttj

            Cameras will stop those who are afraid of getting caught. And they may help catch those who aren’t afraid and would try to steal anyway.

          • stopthe

            The main point is that private property owners can put up as many cameras as they like – it’s their right.

            Surveillance in a public place, by the government, is very different – and is an encroachment on our liberties. It is totalitarian. It can only be justified if we are the governments property – which we are quickly becoming.

      • JM

        The difference is the 87 cameras are privately owned and operated by a business that has to deal with a-holes that think they are better of stealing than buying items (and thus hurting the local and national economy…). It’s the street cameras, and ‘smart lightsl’ that DHS is funding research on that you need to spout off about.

        • Don't Tread on Me

          The focus wasn’t on the store cameras but cameras in general….invading our lives. Though of course all these replies ONLY focused on that one detail (the 87). Obviously, no one is getting the point of my reply. It’s about being watched everywhere you go. EVERYWHERE! It would do you ALL well to focus on the general summary of a reply rather than picking out pieces of it without looking at the reply as a whole. Come on people….WAKE UP and stop being so ignorant.

          • Brad

            Its what liberals do. They find one part of your statement they think they can poke holes in and ridicule you for and they think they won. Silly, really. Its understood your point that we’re being watched everywhere we go these days. Just wait for the thought police.

  • Art Woosley

    Sorry to see Long Island has become an african american shooting gallery. Bet good deals on crack and meth can be had there too. Bet obama won’t be living there cause he hates anything to do with africans.

    • Millie

      Yep, could be true…btw, your meth is ready for pickup…or usual method of delivery?

  • Tom Davidson

    This is only cost-effective *IF* you can reasonably expect shots to be fired in the area *AND* there will be well-trained and equipped responders immediately available. This system was developed for combat zones, where immediate(!) action can be taken. It is useless when the response time is more than 30 seconds, such as we usually see with police.
    Just because you know exactly when and where shots were fired does not mean the shooter will still be there 5 minutes later.

    • Bill

      I’m pretty sure the victim of a shooting will still be laying there 5 minutes later.

    • ablecynic

      If this technology is also connected to surveillance cameras than can see through ‘hoodies’ then we will know exactly who shot the victim, and how much they took from the wallet while waiting for the police to arrive.

  • Grant Smith

    Grammar-stopper would benefit the writer of this article…

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