Wednesday, March 3, 2010

City considers surveillance cameras to combat illegal dumping

Posted By on Wed, Mar 3, 2010 at 3:50 PM


One of the biggest complaints Scott Henry and I heard from Pittsburgh residents while reporting this week's cover story "City of blight" involved people — most of whom were from outside the community — coming to the neighborhood and treating it like a landfill.

Numerous residents would tell us that trucks would come — sometimes in the middle of the day — and dump trash and tires on the side of the road. Piles of garbage and scrap would sit in the front of some abandoned houses. And it's not just an eyesore —the trash attracts rats and rodents and poses a health hazard as well.

Eric Stirgus today reports that the city is considering installing surveillance cameras to catch some of these lazy, litterin' scofflaws. Planning Commissioner James Shelby declined to provide Stirgus with specifics, saying he didn't want "to tip off the dumpers." Expect a debate in the coming weeks over privacy issues, funding sources and how the cameras will be operated.

In the meantime, the city's urging residents who see illegal dumping to email or call 404-576-DUMP.

(Photo by Thomas Wheatley)

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