Surveillance Cameras Needed to Combat Illegal Dumping says Skakun
Prince George, B.C. – A Prince George City Councillor says it’s time the city took extra measures to combat illegal dumping.
Brian Skakun is calling for the installation of surveillance technology on area roads and trails where dumping is a problem.
“Well, Sunday I was on a bit of a hike up by PGARA race track and I found some freshly dumped piles of garbage – everything from teddy bears to kitchen utensils, a cupboard. Big piles of junk people dumped versus paying the $6 fee at the Foothills landfill.”
He argues the cameras wouldn’t be expensive – just $200 – and figures warning signs would help to.
“We can put up signs saying surveillance cameras in the area but no one will know where they’ll be. We can’t have them everywhere but I think the point is you’ve got to get people thinking they can’t do this. That they’re going to get caught and they’re going to get shamed.”
He’s also in favour of better enforcement rather than increasing the fine for illegal dumping (The ticket for illegal dumping is $100 with a ceiling of $5,000 if it goes to court).
Skakun is also in favour of partnering with the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George or even the provincial government on the issue.
“It’s not just a local issue, it’s a provincial issue. Maybe there’s a role for the province to play but so many of these roads are easily accessed” he says.
“I went down by a road by the new jail and there were so many dump spots. People are dumping everything, it’s quite disappointing.”