'Big Brother' could catch debris dumpers

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Careful where you dump your trash. Big Brother may soon be watching! A pilot program in Honolulu calls for cameras in six to eight strategic locations across the island where illegal dumping of debris goes on.

Signs would be posted to warn people they're under surveillance. The program still has to be approved, but some city councilmembers say something needs to be done soon to curb the urban blight problem.

"There's places where there's constantly bulky items just left out, especially in apartment areas", says Honolulu Councilmember Ann Kobayashi, "it really makes our city really ugly".

Certain problem areas or "hotspots" in Makiki, Moiilili, Mccully, and Salt Lake would likely get the cameras first. Three city inspectors with the Department of Environmental Services would canvass those areas and fine violators 250-dollars, if caught. The cameras cost about 200-dollars each and would be mounted on poles near the problem areas.  If the pilot program gets approved, Councilmember Kobayashi says the cameras would be up and running as soon as possible.

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