THE BALTIMORE SUN: “City uses cameras to combat illegal dumping”

The Baltimore Sun Front Page Article (March 26, 2012)

Permits & Code Enforcement Special Investigations Unit of Baltimore’s housing department has been tackling the city’s huge illegal dumping issue with the FlashCAM since 2009, making front page news of the Baltimore Sun on March 26, 2012.

Their FlashCAM program has led to 48 criminal convictions, resulting in fines, community service and even jail time. If someone is convicted of dumping more than 500 pounds, the maximum penalty is $30,000 and FIVE years in jail!

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CONTRA COSTA TIMES: “Illegal Dumping Targeted by New Contra Costa Talking Camera Program”

Contra Costa County, CA launched a pilot FlashCAM illegal dumping program. This pilot program is being funded from stormwater utility fees charged to landowners across Contra Costa County.

Illegal dumping sites begin to create breeding sites for insects and rodents and also contaminates nearby water sources. This FlashCAM program is being spearheaded as an effort to control water pollution caused by the illegal dumping in Contra Costa County. Cece Sellgren, who manages the Contra Costa County watershed program, states no dumping has occurred since installation which is proof of the “tremendous deterrent effect” by the cameras.

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Newport Beach, CA: FlashCAM Watches Over Ronald Reagan

Suspected metal thieves attempted to steal the bronze Ronald Reagan statue that was installed at the Bonita Canyon Sports Park in Newport Beach, CA in 2011. With the increase of metal theft across the nation, statues such as this one are being targeted by metal thieves, after hours when the outdoor parks are not monitored. Desperate thieves are targeting any source of metal such as children’s swings, copper roofs from churches, and even brass ornaments from cemeteries.

The City of Newport Beach installed the FlashCAM on a pole to help protect the statue and deter any future damage from happening to the monument.

Albuquerque, NM: “City Officials Hope Surveillance Cameras Deter Park Crimes”

Published on December 28, 2011 on Albuquerque Journal

Albuquerque’s Santa Fe’s Parks Division is moving forward to install FlashCAMs to protect their trails and parks around the city.  Their parks have been experiencing vandalism, theft, graffiti, drug sales and alcohol consumption. Since their police department cannot monitor these remote places 24 hours a day, Santa Fe Parks Director, Fabian Chavez states “We’re trying to look at a system that will at least enhance our capacity, at a reasonable cost.”

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