Fly tipping cameras catch suspicious activity
Published on Friday, 26th May 2023
State of the art cameras that use artificial intelligence installed by North Warwickshire Borough Council capture suspicious activity
State of the art cameras that use artificial intelligence installed by North Warwickshire Borough Council earlier this year have been capturing suspicious activity which has been forwarded onto Warwickshire Police to investigate.
Earlier this year, a silver Mercedes was captured on a Sunday evening pulling into a lay-by the driver then changed the number plates on the vehicle before driving off. In May, images were captured of two men changing the number plate on Trinity Road Piccadilly. A Fixed Penalty Notice was also issued to a man caught urinating.
The purpose of the cameras is to capture fly-tippers and in April the AI cameras picked up a vehicle fly-tip soil material. The vehicle came back as no registered keeper and a police marker has been put on the vehicle.
Leader of the Council, Cllr David Wright said; “The cameras are in place to hopefully catch fly-tippers in the act and provide the evidence required for successful prosecution. However, any activity recorded that we feel is suspicious is being forwarded onto our colleagues at Warwickshire Police. The changing of number plates could be connected to several crimes including fly-tipping and car theft.”
Around two thirds of fly-tips are household waste so a vital part of the campaign will be around educating people on how to dispose of their rubbish safety.
Fly-tipping costs the council around £175,000 per year and nearly £50 million in Britain as a whole. Fly-tipping is punishable by an unlimited fine or imprisonment.
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