The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) defines an active shooter as “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area; in most cases, active shooters use firearms and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims.”

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) changed the word “individual” in the DHS’s definition to the plural  – “individuals” – because “some incidents involved two or more shooters.”  They also removed the word “confined” in the DHS’s definition “as the term ‘confined’ could omit incidents that occurred outside a building.”

Based on this revised definition, the FBI found an increase in the number of deaths attributed to active shooter incidents. A recent study by the FBI confirms that the rate of active shooter incidents in the United States is rising, averaging approximately more than one per month. New FBI statistics show the highest average of incidents ever in a two-year period (2014-2015), with 20 incidents in each of the years. While the most common location of an active shooter incident is a business (40%), school facilities (K-12 through higher education) are the second most common location (29%).

An active shooter situation offers both law enforcement personnel and citizens the opportunity to positively affect the outcome of the event based upon response time.

New active shooter detection technology by Response Technologies is now included as part of the integrated security system design work performed by Cam-Dex Security Corp. Based in St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri, Cam-Dex offers security system analysis, design, installation, monitoring, and service to provide the highest quality security systems powered by the latest in security equipment technology.

With Gunshot Detection Sensor technology installed, both school administrators and law enforcement responders are now provided split-second notification of gunshots – including where the gunshots are located within a facility – to improve both response time and location detection.

Call Cam-Dex Security Corp. today to speak with one of our experienced security professionals about how Cam-Dex can help you improve your response times during emergency situations.