Covert fly-tipping cameras set to be installed in Central Bedfordshire to catch criminals in the act

The new cameras will be deployed in hot spot areas in Central Bedfordshire

Wednesday, 19th May 2021, 10:05 am
Updated Wednesday, 19th May 2021, 10:06 am

Encrypted fly-tipping cameras have been purchased to catch criminals in the act in Central Bedfordshire.

Central Bedfordshire Council had to stop using its previous cameras last year because they did not comply with GDPR regulations.

The new cameras will be deployed in hot spot areas in Central Bedfordshire.

The cameras will help tackle fly-tipping. (PIC: CBC Cllr John Baker)

In 2019, CBC issued five fixed penalty notices for fly-tipping. In 2020, it issued 55.

A Central Bedfordshire Council spokeswoman, said: “As part of a pilot project, we have purchased some small cameras to help tackle the problem of fly-tipping, which is a criminal offence. Once we have met all the legal requirements granting us the authority to use the covert cameras, we will deploy the cameras in hot-spot locations initially.

"We will be regularly monitoring their impact so we can assess if they meet our requirements before purchasing more cameras. The cameras are encrypted to protect data should they be stolen.

"Deployment of cameras will be in accordance with all legislative requirements including the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act.”