It is very difficult to prosecute the illegal dumping crime. The crime itself usually takes place in remote areas where witnesses cannot be found. Prosecutors have a challenge due to lack of evidence. In a court of law, a case that can create reasonable doubt will be thrown out and no conviction will take place.
Therefore, municipalities must be very careful and thoughtful to the tools purchased to help them identify and prosecute.
One common practice is collecting evidence found at the dump site, such as receipts and documents that connect the documents to a person responsible. Unfortunately, it is difficult to prove that the person connected to the evidence is the actual person who committed the illegal dumping crime.
Another current practice is using trail cameras or video cameras. Although, some evidence can be collected, the cameras are not tamper-proof and the resolution is questionable in court, giving the defense attorney a platform to provide reasonable doubt, which is all that is needed to win a case.
Most illegal dumping occurs in remote areas where electricity and internet connection are not available. However, the remote dumping sites are creating disease and hazards to the community and a solution must be found.
Fortunately, there are Illegal Dumping Cameras specifically designed to capture evidence in remote areas. And these photos have stood up in court, winning the conviction needed to stop the illegal dumping occurring within the community.
Not all cameras are created equal. Make sure your community has the right tools to stop illegal dumping.