Illegal dumping can happen anywhere – in alleyways, parking lots or remote areas that these criminals happen to come across. Especially in these remote areas, they feel that “no one is watching” and leave behind truck loads of tires, old furniture or even hazardous waste. The clean-up costs associated with these larger cases can reach hundreds of thousands of dollars.
St. Louis, MO had an illegal dumping situation that was costing the city over $4 MILLION each year. In order to tackle this problem, they created an illegal dumping task force and also launched a citywide FlashCAM program, consisting of approximately 125 FlashCAMs in 2011. Within the first 2 months after installation, they prosecuted over 200 cases by being able to identify license plates with the images captured by the FlashCAM.
The city of Philadelphia, PA spends over ONE MILLION dollars in taxpayer money on cleaning up illegal dumping. In 2009, Philadelphia partnered with Q-Star Technology to launch their FlashCAM program to help stop these criminals and in 2010, 71 violations in the amount of $300 were issued and 48 arrests of illegal dumpers have been made by the Philadelphia Police Department Neighborhood Services Unit. (Read more at City Of Philadelphia website).
The FlashCAM is ideal for illegal dumping situations that take place in remote areas with no available power source. The system is completely self-contained and is solar charged so it can quickly be mounted in these areas and also moved to other locations. The FlashCAM captures license plate numbers up to 250 feet even in total darkness, providing key evidence that is used for prosecuting these criminals.