Watford Borough Council is taking another stand against fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour, with four new CCTV cameras in hot spot areas across the town.
New CCTV cameras to mainly combat fly-tipping have been installed in Francis Road and Queens Road, with another being connected by Queens Avenue soon.
They operate 24/7 and will identify when someone has left rubbish behind, as well as providing a video report of the incident to enforcement officers.
The council has had a zero-tolerance approach to fly-tipping for over a decade, successfully prosecuting hundreds of offenders.
The Watford Borough Council has said “This hard-line tactic is because of the environmental effect and cost to the council of over £50,000 each year to clear up illegally dumped waste on public land, money that could be spent on providing other vital services to Watford’s residents.”
Since 2016, fly-tippers have been identified and issued with Fixed Penalty Notices for £300, totalling over £12,000 in fines. These individuals have been given 14 days to pay their fines.
The council have also emphasised that Victoria Passage will benefit from CCTV cameras as although the focus is on anti-social behaviour and crime, it can also capture any fly-tipping incidents in the area.
Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, said: “Fly-tipping on Watford’s streets is not only unsightly and very costly to the council, it is illegal. People who break the law and fly tip can face significant fines or even prison if they are caught.”
“It is really important that we do everything we can to tackle fly tipping to keep our streets and parks clean and tidy.”