Cameras target illegal forest dumpers

ToddP

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Cameras target illegal forest dumpers
HARRISBURG (AP) -- Motion-sensitive cameras soon will be installed in Pennsylvania forests to help capture a new breed of vermin: illegal garbage dumpers.

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced Thursday that it will install surveillance cameras in secret locations in Michaux State Forest to catch dumpers, with the goal of prosecuting them and forcing them to pay fines.

Officials have identified 17 illegal dump sites in the 85,000-acre forest, which spans parts of Cumberland, Franklin and Adams counties.

The camera program, which is paid for with a grant from the state Department of Environmental Protection, will be expanded to include 19 other state forest districts to combat the growing problem of dumping on state-owned lands.

"We're working hard to educate people on the proper way to dispose of tires, appliances and other garbage," said John Oliver, DCNR secretary.

"There's never a good reason to trash our forests. But now individuals who use Pennsylvania's public lands as a dumping ground could find themselves starring in a film that will result in a criminal record."

The cameras to be used are small and will rotate among locations so dumpers will have difficulty determining whether they have been caught on tape.

If convicted, offenders could be fined up to $300 and required to pay court fees.



I wonder how long it will take for some one to steal one?

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They will probably get all sorts of critter pictures too.  

Your right, some bum will get a hair brain idea to steal one. Hope he gets a double whammy and decides to dump something and gets caught trying to steal the cam too.

However, I think that they want the article to scare most of the dumpers away and may not even need to put a camera out.

(Edited by StringShooter at 12:56 pm on Jan. 4, 2002)
 

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