FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CITY UTILIZES CAMERAS TO CATCH ILLEGAL DUMPING
Cameras are being successfully utilized to catch and prosecute illegal dumping in the City of Newport News.2010 Dec 09
Cameras are being successfully utilized to catch and prosecute illegal dumping in the City of Newport News. The City recently prosecuted an illegal dumping case using images from FlashCAMs. FlashCAMs are solar powered, portable, motion activated cameras that are housed in rugged cases and strategically placed at locations throughout the city. The cameras can operate continuously and allow for wireless downloading of high resolution photographs. Newport News currently has more than a dozen FlashCAMS in use.
The most recent conviction involved a man dumping material from his commercial business on public property in the Denbigh area of the city. The violator was fined $1,000 with $750 suspended and ordered to complete 80 hours of community service.
The illegal dumping of materials and debris is not only unsightly, but also presents health and safety issues to the surrounding community. Debris piles are often rummaged through by scavengers and children causing injuries. Garbage can attract disease ridden vermin.
Illegal dumping is a violation of Section 19-80 of the Newport News Code of Ordinances.