Cincinnati using cameras to catch illegal dumpers

Ten Cincinnati neighborhoods are using motion-activated cameras to catch people who illegally dump trash or spray graffiti. The 35 millimeter cameras have bright flashes and an audio message warning dumpers that their picture has been recorded.

Police say they will use the film to identify and prosecute violators. Offenders could face a fine of up to 25-thousand dollars and four years in jail. The cameras use a high-resolution film that can record license plates at 100 feet.

The cameras were purchased through a 52-thousand dollar grant from the city's Safe and Clean Neighborhood Fund. If the cameras are a success, the project could be expanded citywide.