Detroit using hidden cameras to catch illegal dumpers, program expanding soon

Posted at 4:31 PM, Sep 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-06 17:36:46-04

In an effort to crack down on illegal dumping, the City of Detroit has started using hidden cameras.

The city is currently operating three hidden camera sites, but 15 other discreet sites are expected to be up and running by the end of the month.

Nearly two dozen people have been charged with littering or illegal dumping, including Dennis Dantonio of Royal Oak, according to city officials.

Dantonio reportedly drove his red Nissan pickup truck into a Detroit neighborhood in July and dumped debris on two occasions. We're told the compelling video evidence led to a guilty plea to littering.

"Anyone who illegally dumps in our neighborhoods, know one thing, we may be watching," said Detroit Police Chief James Craig.

In most cases, vehicles involved in the illegal dumping will also be seized.

"If you come into this town and dump, there's a good chance we're going to take your vehicle and you're going to be walking home," said Mayor Mike Duggan who encourages citizens to get involved by taking video or pictures of license plates or people, only when safe to do so, and uploading them to the Improve Detroit app.

Illegal dumpers can also be reported by calling (313) 235-4359.