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Stop Illegal Dumping Pathogens

Stop Illegal Dumping Pathogens

Most people are aware of illegal dumping crimes in the form of mattresses, appliances, tires, and other discarded construction items.  The unlawfully dumped items are an eyesore bringing down the property values of the neighborhoods.  But besides the trashy appearance, the harmful effects of illegal dumping are so numerous and diverse, that it MUST be opposed with the utmost urgency and rigor. One negative consequence which ought to be sufficient motivation for the swift eradication of illegal dumping is the drastic spread of zoonotic pathogens via rodents.

Pathogens which can be transmitted from animals to humans are commonly carried by rats and other rodents. And when waste is disposed in places not permitted, it provides a ready source of nutrition and shelter for the dastardly rodents which carry the zoonotic pathogens. The rodents can spread the pathogens by means of their ecto- and endoparasites. Thus, people do not even need to come into direct contact with the rodents to be infected. All that is necessary is for the ectoparasites, which the rats carry, to abandon ship in favor of a human host. The highly infectious power which rats wield can easily be proven if one only reviews the history of the bubonic plague which ravaged all of Europe, killing roughly 33% of its population. And this was all made possible by rats traveling via cargo ships.

Urban areas suffer the most from this issue of increased infection rates. This is because many urban areas cannot effectively manage their waste, which leads to continuous creation of new illegal waste sites, which ultimately produces a rat’s utopia. Waste such as used tires, construction debris, old appliances, and furniture, as well as general household, commercial and industrial waste provide a reliable source of nutrition and shelter for rodents and consequently a home base for the spread of zoonotic pathogens.

So, what can be done?

First, a community must implement an Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program.  But to have a successful Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program, multiple departments must work together, as the program must include Legislation, Evidence and Enforcement. The program should have two essential elements, evidence and deterrence. Human resources are the most important aspect of the program and the best tools to be provided for their use are Illegal Dumping Cameras, which are specifically designed to capture evidence needed to prosecute. It is nearly impossible for traditional surveillance to be used because traditional surveillance cameras need electricity and internet, which is not available or very costly in remote areas.

 

What is your community doing to stop the spread of pathogens from illegal dumping?

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How to Stop Quality of Life Crimes

How to Stop Quality of Life Crimes

What are quality of life crimes, and how do you stop them?  Quality of life crimes are nuisance crimes that affect the way we live and the enjoyment of our life and our environment.  Nuisance crimes such as illegal dumping, vandalism and graffiti take away from the quality-of-life people want to enjoy.

Take for instance illegal dumping.  Illegal dumping brings down the property values because it is an eye sore but also because illegal dumping brings disease.  Disease can enter the waterways from illegal dumping.  Illegal Dumping also attracts rats and mosquitoes, which both also bring diseases. Rats carry fleas and bacteria which spreads to the community they multiple in.  Mosquitos carry diseases such as Zika, West Nile Virus, La Crosse Encephalitis.

Other quality-of-life crimes are vandalism and graffiti.  Vandalism and graffiti also bring down the property values, is hideous and dangerous, and attracts more dangerous crime into the neighborhood.  When people live in a safe and comfortable environment, the stress level is significantly lower.  Nobody wants to live somewhere there is a constant reminder of crime and the threat of crime.

Nuisance crimes happen anywhere, but especially isolated areas in the community, such as an abandoned lot or a neighborhood park.

So, what can a community do to stop the quality-of-life crimes in their neighborhood?

If your community is having problems with illegal dumping, vandalism and graffiti, there are tools to combat these crimes that are specifically designed to provide prosecutable images in remote areas where electricity and internet are not possible or difficult to access. They are also very effective at stopping vandalism and graffiti before the crime occurs.

What is your neighborhood doing to stop quality-of-life crimes?

 

Illegal Dumping- An Environmental Crime

Illegal Dumping- An Environmental Crime

Illegal dumping, an environmental crime, is a concern throughout the world. Some unethical corporations and construction companies will go to great lengths to avoid paying thousands of dollars it costs to legally dispose of their waste. Private residences will also leave their large appliances or mattresses in a remote area rather than pay the small fee to legally leave the item in a designated drop off area.

Unfortunately, these actions are creating toxins in our ecosystems and entering our waterways. Toxins leach out of the discarded trash pile, soak into the soil, rivers, and underground waterways.  Researchers have been conducting studies that show high levels of toxins such as polychlorinated biphenyls in fish caught.  Even, non-hazardous items illegally dumped cause environmental decay and problems.

What can a municipality do to combat this environmental crime that threatens our drinking water and our overall public health?

Prosecuting illegal dumping offenders is a tricky business.  When it comes to illegal dumping, evidence must be clear and trustworthy to stand up in court.  With the lack of eyewitnesses, detectives must gather evidence from the hazardous pile to identify where it came from and who is responsible.  Municipalities must provide their Illegal Dumping Task Force with the right tools and resources, such as Illegal Dumping Cameras, specifically designed to provide trustworthy images of evidence that will stand up in court.

Is your Illegal Dumping Task Force using the right tools to combat the environment crime of illegal dumping?

 

New York City

How to Eliminate Illegal Dumping

Who thinks of illegal dumping when they think of a big city?

When anyone mentions “the big city,” a whole host of images and thoughts and feelings flood into your mind. “The big city” has been glamorized as the place where opportunity is waiting for people who wish to make a name for themselves. It is “the big city” that sets the latest fashion trends. It is in “the big city” that you get to experience the greatest food, music, and art. Life is at its most glamorous in “the big city,” or at least that is how it is supposed to be. Nowadays, anyone who is well acquainted with city life have a whole host of negative and disparaging mental connections, like trashy and dirty, with the phrase, “the big city.”

For instance, residents of  many cities are plagued by an ever-increasing illegal dumping crisis, that keeps getting worse.  Unfortunately, these same cities lack the manpower and resources to adequately investigate and punish the hundreds of businesses which are suspect of engaging in illegal dumping activity. Many cities globally are facing illegal dumping activity that is endangering the health and safety of select neighborhoods and those currently living on the streets. Although the situation may seem hopeless, there is one step which cities should do without delay:

Create an Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program.

A Successful Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program involves many departments within the city.

  • Education: Educate the community about the hazards and the cost of illegal dumping.
  • Hotlines: Hotlines are a very useful tool when there are witnesses nearby.
  • Social Media Program: To ask the community to help identify perpetrators.
  • Legislation: Strict laws to combat illegal dumping.
  • Enforcement: Enforce, respond, investigate, and prosecute.
  • Staff Resources: Staff that is trained and dedicated to combat the illegal dumping problem.
  • Illegal Dumping Cameras– cameras specifically designed to provide prosecutable evidence in dark remote areas, where illegal dumping usually occurs.

Eliminate illegal dumping and create an Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program!

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