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County looks to squash litterbugs

Published 9:07am Friday, April 29, 2011

COURTLAND—Trail cameras typically used for photographing wild game are going up in Southampton County in hopes of catching those dumping garbage illegally.

Beginning next week, up to four cameras will be hidden in areas where illegal dumping is common. Movement triggers a sensor in the camera, which snaps a picture. Photos will be turned over to Sheriff’s Deputy John Griggs, who investigates littering and illegal dumping.

Officials hope pictures will lead them to suspects and serve as evidence in court.

“They say a picture is (worth a thousand words),” said John Jenkins, litter control coordinator for the county Department of Community Development. “This is a large county, but it’s a small place. Everyone knows everybody.”

Officials also will search illegally dumped bags of garbage for anything with an address that would lead them to a suspect.

The county’s Board of Supervisors recently approved an ordinance that calls for litterbugs to spend up to 12 months in jail and pay fines ranging from $250 to $2,500. They also can be given community service.

Some of the top problem areas in the county for littering are along General Thomas Highway outside Franklin and Cypress Bridge Road off the Route 58 bypass in Courtland, Jenkins said. Rose Valley Road off General Thomas Highway near Franklin is another trouble area.

Once a week, Jenkins works with inmates from the Southampton County Jail Farm in Capron to pick up litter along roadways. It’s normally an eight-hour day.

“We just recently cleaned that up (Rose Valley Road) and got 30 bags of trash, a sofa and eight tires,” Jenkins said.

The cameras will be placed in areas after the sheriff’s department receives a complaint and in places where illegal dumping commonly occurs. Jenkins would not name the places.

“We will use every avenue we have to clean up Southampton County,” he said.

  • wingnut71

    click/flash = pose/smile and click/flash again OR grab camera and leave

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  • RWH

    Thank goodness somebody cares about catching the fools that throw their trash on other peoples property. I have recently witnessed rental property on Riverdale Rd. where tenants were either evicted or just moved and their left behind junk was set to the curb. Problem is, they don’t have curb side pickup out that way and thats were it set for days. Some people just don’t get it or care how their community looks anymore and thats a shame.

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  • bobs94

    “Officials also will search illegally dumped bags of garbage for anything with an address that would lead them to a suspect.”

    That would prove only that the trash belonged to a person, not that that person was littering. I remember reading an article about this a few years back.

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    • MyHometown

      Exactly Bob. I think they threw out 12 cases. If it’s your trash you should be held responible for making sure it gets to the dump. I doubt seriously that anyone pulled it from the dump and threw it out some where.

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  • cisco

    well I guess they’ll be some new dumping sites because you just told the dumpers the county will be monitering the sites. That was dumb.

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