Birmingham City Council, like many other councils across the country, have encountered major issues with flytipping and illegal waste dumping.
Reports indicated that the impact of environmental crime throughout the West Midlands had cost the council over £1.5m in clean-up operations between 2013 and 2015.
The stats revealed that, in Birmingham, more than 44,000 fly-tipping reports were made over the period in question
Many of the offences occurred in ‘hot-spot’ areas, locations frequently targeted by offenders where there was little coverage from CCTV.
The council sought a surveillance system that they could deploy on a temporary basis in hot spot areas as the problems developed.
The cameras, as well as being a visual deterrent to potential offenders, would need to provide images of a high enough standard to secure prosecutions where applicable.
Since August 2015, the Council’s Waste Enforcement Unit had been investigating flytipping on Priory Road in Aston.
They deployed a WCCTV 4G IR Speed Dome with NPR to capture evidential footage and act as a visual deterrent to offenders.
WCCTV’s combined NPR and Redeployable CCTV system utilises the additional output channels of either a WCCTV 4G IR Speed Dome or WCCTV 4G HD Speed Dome to integrate a specialised High Definition Number Plate Recognition Camera.
This unique all-in-one rapid-deployment surveillance system combines all of the benefits of truly
The system harnesses the wireless transmission (4G/3G/Wi-Fi), local recording (up to 4TB) and 360° PTZ field of vision of the WCCTV Speed Dome range to provide a complete situational overview, while the NPR camera delivers crystal-clear images of number plates in all weather and lighting conditions.
As with all WCCTV’s surveillance solutions, the WCCTV 4G IR Speed Dome with NPR is easily
Between August 2015 and October 2015, the cameras recorded video and photographic evidence 15 flytipping offences by 3 separate, but related vehicles.
The waste dumped included building rubble, heating pipes, mattresses, bed bases, furniture and even rotting sheep carcasses.
The offenders were identified, arrested and their vehicles seized as a result of the investigation.
The defendants pleaded guilty to all offences and were sentenced to 11 and 6 months prison time respectively.