City of Jacksonville combats illegal dumping with new surveillance camera loaner program

City of Jacksonville combats illegal dumping with new surveillance camera loaner program

JACKSONVILLE, TX (KLTV) - The City of Jacksonville is working to combat illegal dumping on city streets.

“It might just be trash, it might just be trash bags full of stuff. The problem is when you get the tires, the appliances, the couches," Director of Public and Community Service with the City of Jacksonville, Jordan Yutzy, said.

In Jacksonville, secluded roads are popular dumping sites for mattresses, furniture, and more.

“We have a lot of residents that come up to us and say, ‘you know, I own this vacant lot [and] people are dumping on my property, [...]’... [but if it’s] private property, we really can’t help them," he said.

However, the city is looking to change that with their new surveillance camera loaner program.

“They can come and check out these cameras for up to two weeks at a time, they can put it up, at the end they bring the camera back to us, we go through the card and if we catch anybody we turn the card right over to [the police department] and let them prosecute the illegal dumpers," he said.

The city said the cameras are easy to use, can store up to 16 gigs and take pictures upon movement. If you need help setting up your camera, they are also able to help.

Any residents who would like to borrow a surveillance camera can visit the Felix Lane Public Works Building Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. -5 p.m. If you would like more information, please call (903) 589-3510.

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