The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office has a new tool to fight illegal trash dumping. It has three sets of them, actually.
The sheriff’s department has teamed with the Houston-Galveston Area Council to house three sets of cameras that can be set up to catch people illegally dumping trash on the side of the road.
The cameras are kept by the sheriff’s department, which can then loan them out to local police departments, said Erin Livingston, a senior environmental planner with the council.
The cameras are activated by movement and have the ability to take pictures of the scene, as well as the license plates of the vehicle at the dumpsite, according to the council’s website.
The project is going on across the Houston area with Galveston, Fort Bend and Walker counties each in charge of three sets of cameras that can be loaned out, Livingston said.
“In today’s environment you basically need a picture or a video of something to make a really good case on it,” said Perry Larvin, a detective with the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office.
There are numerous dumpsites across the county where people illegally dump trash, he said.
Unincorporated areas around San Leon and Bacliff in particular see lots of problems, he said.
The sheriff’s department works with the county’s nuisance abatement office to combat illegal dumping and will be able to use the cameras as well, Larvin said.
The cameras can only be used for solid waste criminal enforcement and will be set up in strategic locations to catch people illegally dumping trash, he said.
“It benefits us,” Larvin said. “It benefits the surrounding agencies.”