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Crews Installing More Cameras To Catch Dumpers

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BALTIMORE (AP) — Crews in Baltimore are working to install more motion-activated cameras in areas where illegal dumping continues to be a problem.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the city’s cameras since 2009 have snapped enough incriminating pictures to have led to 48 criminal convictions, some of which resulted in jail time. By the end of the month, 15 cameras will be operational and more may be coming.

In Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s proposed budget, money is included for 10 video cameras to document dumping.

The city can impose a $500 fine for dumping less than 25 pounds, or $1,000 for heavier amounts.

In all, officials say dumpers have been ordered to pay $19,000 in fines and perform 1,400 hours of community service.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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