KC Using Hidden Cameras to Catch Illegal Dumpers

8 years 10 months 1 week ago Monday, September 26 2011 Sep 26, 2011 Monday, September 26, 2011 8:51:12 AM CDT September 26, 2011 in News
By: Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - People illegally dumping their trash along Kansas City's streets and waterways might think no one is watching. But officials are warning that 40 hidden cameras are being placed around the city to stop people who don't want to pay to get rid of their garbage. Prosecuting illegal dumpers is difficult because the crime rarely has eyewitnesses.

Assistant City Prosecutor Todd Wilcher says since the city began installing the cameras a few weeks ago, he already has had one guilty plea. And he expects the cases to pile up as more cameras catch people dumping everything from mattresses to bags stuffed with garbage. The Kansas City Star reports the city is using a $15,000 federal crime-fighting grant to buy warning signs and the cameras.

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