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Hidden cameras catch illegal dumpers in Louisville

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The area is littered with trash and debris. We even found a toilet and abandoned car. The area is littered with trash and debris. We even found a toilet and abandoned car.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Metro Louisville has caught its first illegal dumper of the year. The person was caught dumping debris in a west Louisville alleyway this week.

It has been an ongoing problem across Metro Louisville. That's why the city installed nearly 20 hidden cameras. So far, the cameras are working.

"It was my grandmother's house, then my mother's house, then she willed it to me, and I've been here every since," said Albert Hansbrough.

Hansbrough has lived at his home on West Ormsby for most of his life. That's why he takes pride in the neighborhood and wants the illegal dumping to stop.

"They have dumped piles of dump as tall as I am," said Hansbrough.

The area is littered with trash and debris. We even found a toilet and abandoned car. Hansbrough said the illegal dumpers get creative.

"They would come through here at night time and they'd take the license tags off the trucks and then you can't tell who they are. I use to sit there with binoculars -- try to watching them."

These days, Hansbrough is not the only one watching.  A few years ago the city installed the hidden cameras to catch illegal dumping.

"The images were looked at, and we was able to find the individual the next day," the Department of Public Works' Pete Flood said.

Flood said the city caught its first illegal dumper of the year this week on Ormsby.

"He was issued a fine and ah, his vehicle was impounded. Then he has to pay the tow lot for the tow, for administrative fees and storage fees and we're going to keep the vehicle for at least 72 hours," Flood said. 

The dumping signs are posted everywhere, but Flood said they don't work. 

"In fact, we've had people who will dump right behind or in front of those signs," he said.

"I hope that will be a deterrent," said Hansbrough.

Hansbrough hopes the cameras will finally put an end to the trash talk.

"Especially when the word gets out to the dumpers that they got cameras back there," he said.

Despite the nearly 20 cameras throughout Metro Louisville, city officials are also asking neighbors to use their cameras and cellphones to take pictures of anyone caught dumping illegally.

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