In just over three years, operating on a limited budget, and managing the project on a very part-time basis, a team from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection have used megapixel video to catch and prosecute 34 illegal dumpers, resulting in many tens of thousands of dollars in fines and a substantial deterrent effect. ?
That’s the word from MassDEP and IQinVision, which supplies the IQeye cameras used to snare the litterbugs.
Deterrence is great,” said Tim Dame, Investigator for the MassDEP Environmental Strike Force. “But our primary job is to catch people and prosecute them.” ?
Boston and four surrounding communities—Lynn, Worcester, Lowell and Lawrence—have deployed one or more of the eight available MassDEP units. Recently, the city of Boston purchased 15 IQeye cameras to boost its own anti-dumping efforts. ? ?
In addition to the five municipalities deploying the covert surveillance units, Dame is currently fielding inquiries from five more surrounding towns.