Council’s camera crackdown on environmental crimes

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In their continued crackdown on environmental crimes such as fly-tipping and littering, North Ayrshire Council are enlisting the help of mobile smart cameras that will be used to enforce litter laws.

While previously offences could only be dealt with when committed in the presence of an enforcement officer, the mobile smart cameras can survey large areas without the need to physically be present when environmental crime is committed.

The smart cameras will be situated in problem areas and will help enforcement officers track down and potentially fine those caught dumping their rubbish.

These new cameras are unlike traditional CCTV cameras as they are smaller and more discreet. They are also more flexible and easy to move from one location to another which will give the Environmental Enforcement Team scope to move them regularly to encompass a wider range of problem areas.

Smart cameras use wireless technology and high quality footage is securely transmitted via a cloud-based platform.  Footage is immediately transmitted to a secure cloud service to be viewed on a web portal using a smartphone, tablet or PC.

As well as fly-tipping, it will allow the team to potentially fine people caught littering or failing to pick up after their dog.

The enforcement team have been set up since 2016 and they already use body cameras and use dash-camera footage which is submitted by local residents if they capture people throwing rubbish from their cars.

Since the teams creation, environmental crimes have reduced considerably.  There were 2,950 incidents of fly-tipping in 2016, dropping to 2,796 in 2017 and plummeting to 1,548 in 2018 (until 8th November 2018).

Councillor Jim Montgomery, cabinet member for place, said: ‘The team have had an amazing impact since they were established nearly three years ago. The fact that fly-tipping has fallen by around 50 per cent is testament to the great work they do.

‘They already have body cameras and are helped out by dash cams, and this is just another tool for them to eradicate fly-tipping and make our communities cleaner. They are much more effective than CCTV cameras.

‘We are sure that the cameras will act as a deterrent to people and if they don’t then we can catch people that are showing a complete disregard to fellow residents and communities.’

Enforcement Officers can impose an £80 fine for dog fouling or littering and £200 fine for fly tipping in the form of a fixed penalty.

 

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