HAZLETON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — The city of Hazleton is launching a hi-tech crime-fighting system. They say it will help keep residents safe. That system can actually hear gunshots

Hazleton police officials say they know it does sound rather strange. A system that can hear gunshots. But they insist it actually does and it could mean the difference between life and death in a shooting.

Neighborhoods in the city of Hazleton will soon be under the watchful electronic ears of a system they call a “gunshot tracker”.

“All of it is operated. These systems different decibel levels the distance of whatever the sound is and it will triangulate -with the use of those speakers and microphone where the gunshots coming from,” explained Chief Brian Schoonmaker of the Hazleton City Police.

These electronic hearing devices can determine if it is a gunshot or something else.

“It will then take that information then decide if it’s a gunshot, a glass break, a car screeching tires, or fireworks. If it is fireworks it’s not going to trip the system to notify the system,” stated Schoonmaker.

If it is a gunshot police officers on patrol are notified.

“It will make it much easier for us to respond. We still rely on people to call if something happens in that case they call 911 the 911 center has to go through their whole where are you who are you different things like that. Where this will actually alert our officers immediately in the area. It will come across their cell phones or their computer,” explained Schoonmaker.

Chief Schoonmaker says this gunshot tracker system will be tied in with the current license plate camera system.

The chief says about 140 gunshot trackers will be set up in the city. They will cover every neighborhood.

Federal recovery funds will pay the cost of the system which is estimated to be about $75,000. The system should be up and running by the end of July.